St. Catherine Hospital History

St. Catherine Hospital 80th Anniversary

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ

Founded in Germany in 1851 by Katherine Kasper, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (Ancilla Domini Sisters) were instrumental in the effort to build and operate a hospital in East Chicago. In 1917, the sisters began negotiations with the Manufacturers Association of East Chicago, but because of unsettled conditions during World War I, industries were unable to fulfill their commitment to the project. Another attempt in 1919 was foiled by a steel strike. In 1926, the committee formed by the Manufacturers Association breathed new life into the idea of building a hospital. Committed to the cause, the sisters increased their own financial contribution which moved the building from a $750,000 hospital to one topping $1 million.

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