Catherine Kasper's Shoes
Imagine a lady—small in stature but mighty in determination—who depended on her well-worn walking shoes to accomplish her life’s work—unrelenting in her mission to help the poor and underserved. This lady, meager of means herself, was known as Mary Catherine Kasper who founded the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in Dernbach, Germany in 1851, thus beginning a Catholic order that would sponsor worldwide ministries over time.
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation of Fort Wayne, Indiana is one such ministry that has at its feet the invaluable legacy of its sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, and is proud to follow in the footsteps of its historical predecessor.
In Her Day—Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper
Today—St. Joseph Community Health Foundation
The Core Values Statements of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are another of the foundations upon which all programming and activities are measured. These values and beliefs have become especially significant in guiding the activities of the Foundation. Some of these values are:
Openness to the Spirit: We believe in responding to the needs of the time.
Community: We believe in attentive listening and courageous response.
Simplicity: We believe in the wise use and care for all resources.
Dignity and Respect for All:
We believe human life is sacred throughout all stages of existence, from conception to death.
We believe each person deserves respect and affirmation regardless of race, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, status, or ability.
We believe each person has rights and responsibilities and must be respected and treated fairly.
Click the image to the right for a full listing of all of the PHJC values