With Rs.75 in her pocket and a dream to serve others in her heart, Katharina Kasper built her first little house which became a home for widows and orphans, a place to welcome the poor and a center for the PHJC’s service. From that very simple beginning in 1851, Poor Handmaids have continued to build. The “little houses” of today may look different from the original ones, but they are still a welcoming presence for those seeking simple, loving care.
  OUR FOUNDRESS
  Katharina Kasper, Foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, was born May 26, 1820 in Dernbach, Germany to her parents Henry Kasper and Katherine (Fassel). Her father had four daughters from his first marriage and he and Katharina’s mother had four children. Katharina is the third daughter in her family. As a young child, Katharina attended school in her village, helped in the family's potato patch, enjoyed reading, and did household chores like spinning and weaving fabric.

Katharina and her peers often walked to a Marian shrine near their village, singing songs while Katharina told stories about God and Mary. When she was 21, Katharina's father died, with the law dictating his property bequeathed to his first wife, (to the exclusion of the second Mrs. Kasper and her children). Consequently, Katharina and her 56-year old mother "lived in rent" with the Matthias Müller family, with Katharina working the land as a farm hand.

Because of her reputation for helping others, young girls gathered around Katharina. Together she and four other women formed the religious community called "The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ" and pronounced vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on August 15, 1851. Their ministry continued throughout Germany and spread the Netherlands, United States, England, India, Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria.

Katharina Kasper, known as Mother Mary, died on Feb. 2, 1898. In acknowledgment of her good works, the Catholic Church named her Blessed Katharina Kasper on April 16, 1978.
   
 
 
Katharina Kasper Social Service Society is a registered society having its FCRA Number.
KKSSS is a community development organization working in partnership with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
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