The HHCJ Community in Silver Spring, Maryland was erected with the arrival of the sisters on February 26, 2020. On March 29, 2020, the Community was officially blessed and opened to continue the mission of the Handmaids into the future.
Faithful to our heritage and to our motto of “Love and Service”, the sisters, as part of their primary apostolates are engaged in a broad ministry of evangelization in the field of Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Nursing and Healthcare Services in Hospital, and Coordinating Healthcare Network at Catholic Charities, Washington D.C.
In addition, the sisters are involved in different parishes as Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors, both at the parish, Nativity Catholic Church and at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception. The sisters help in coordinating activities of the Blessed Iwene Tansi Ibgo Catholic community at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. We are involved in the Choir, Spiritual direction for the Catholic Women Organization and assist the youths and young adults to strengthen their faith and have active participation. We helped develop a more strategic collaboration plan with the Archdiocese of Washington in the ministry of caring for the Igbo Catholics. Through this avenue, Igbo Catholic community was revived. Our involvement helped
in expanding outreach and in making the Igbo Catholic Community more visible.The sisters offer those they serve the opportunity to see their roles as Christians as they serve in an atmosphere of hospitality and support.
HHCJ Galveston Community, was opened and blessed on February 4, 2020. Following the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ “go therefore make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:19-20) The four Sisters assigned to this Community are engaged in the following apostolates as: Director of Religious Education, Coordinator of Family life and Pastoral Ministries, Teaching and Healthcare Services.
The Church Community in Galveston is so unique, it is made of six parishes under Holy Family Parish where the sisters worship. Thus, the sisters also serve as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. They help in feeding the homeless at “Christus Our Daily Bread Shelter and Services” and also engage in home visitation.
The HHCJ Providence Community is situated in Houston TX. The Sisters, as part of their primary apostolates, are engaged in a broad ministry of evangelization in the Church. They are engaging in Healthcare Services in Hospital/Nursing homes.
In addition, the Sisters are involved in different Parishes as Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors, Pastoral Council, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and Representative of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. They also serve as Health Coordinator at Saint Justin Martyr Parish, Houston and as Spiritual Director of Saint Vincent de Paul at St. Thomas Aquinas and Theresa’s Parish respectively.
HHCJ Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker (MMCW) Community, at Arletta Street, Houston Texas, started on July 1st, 2015. On July 18th, 2015, the Community was officially opened and blessed with the celebration of the Holy Mass.
Following the footsteps of MMCW our founder, the members of this community participate in different kinds of apostolates including; Healthcare Services, Social/Pastoral Ministries, (Development Office). The Sister Nurse serves at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Brian Wood Rehabilitation/Long-Term Care Facility in Houston.
Sharing their individual talents in the services of God and Humanity, the Sisters are also involved in Parish Ministries at St. Christopher Parish, Houston as Lectors and in the Music Ministry. Likewise, they organize and teach Faith Formation Classes for First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. Philip Neri Parish, Houston and at the Igbo Catholic Community Center Houston.
The apostolate of Ancilla community include: Health care, administration and pastoral.
The presence of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus was first, in Tampa, Florida on June 20, 1995 and on July 9 the Sisters were officially welcomed in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The Community is currently relocated at Lakeside Drive, Lutz, Florida. The Sisters moved to the new location on July 31, 2020.
From 1995 to present the Sisters have followed the footsteps of our Mother Foundress, Mother Mary Charles Walker in serving actively in our different parishes as CCD/CCE teachers, Eucharistic ministers, Lectors, and Youth ministers. The sisters’ presence has also been felt in the Diocese as they serve in different Committees and Commissions. Visitation to assisted living homes, nursing homes, and family homes are also part of the community’s service to God’s people.
The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus runs a Development Office, based in South Houston, Texas at 8011 Arletta Street, Houston, Texas 77061. This office is responsible for fundraising for African Missions.
The Development Office collaborates with the Archdioceses/Dioceses in the United States and makes Parish Appeals for their Mission in Africa.
Our Sister Students are enjoying their studies through the benevolence of the Sisters of Mercy of North America at College of Saint Mary, Omaha. Their course of studies ranges from Secondary Education with an endorsement in Language Arts, Music, Theology, Applied Psychology and Human Services and Nursing. All for the service of humanity.
O God, in Your inscrutable Providence, you chose your Handmaid, Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker, as an instrument for the evangelization and sanctification of your people.
You filled her with an extraordinary missionary zeal and ardent charity, which impelled her to found the congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, to continue this work of Christ’s saving mission in the Church especially among the women, the children and the suffering poor of Christ, in the spirit of Mary, your first Handmaid.
We humbly pray You, in Your merciful love, through the compassionate Heart of Your Son, Jesus, to make her presence with You in heaven known and by her intercession grant the petition we now make to You in faith (mention your petition)
Be pleased to grant also that the members of this Congregation may remain always united and be ever imbued with and inspired by her apostolic zeal and charity.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, the Lord. Amen.
(Pray- One Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory be …)
Conclude – Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker, Servant of God, pray for us.
HHCJ Ancilla Convent 3614 Englewood Drive Pearland, Texas 77584
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