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Join Ancilla College for a Blessing Ceremony and Open House

Ancilla_Residence Hall_frontThe public is welcome to see the inside of Ancilla College’s 30,000 sq. ft. residence hall at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 18th. The Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Rhoades will perform a home blessing ceremony as well. Construction of the new hall increased enrollment by nearly 25 percent for the two-year college, which has been operating in Donaldson, Ind. since 1937.

The blessing ceremony, sacred to the Catholic faith, is an important part of any new beginning. Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, Sr. Jolise May, vice president of mission integration said, “Here at the Center In Donaldson, we have a history of blessing what is gift to us, be that a newborn calf, a resident who can find their home among us, the beauty of nature which surrounds us, or the excitement of opening the first residence hall at Ancilla College.  No matter what the blessing, it is symbol and sign of our gratitude, joy and desire to treasurer all who bless these grounds with their presence.  It is our hope and prayer that the Ancilla students, who make this building home, find room in their hearts to receive a blessing and be a blessing for others during their stay with us.”

The hall, now booked to capacity, will become home to more than 100 new freshmen, many of whom come from farther than the traditional commuter range the school typically recruits from. The three-story hall was designed and constructed by Michael Kinder and Sons, Inc<>., of Fort Wayne. Ancilla College president, Ken Zirkle said, “This hall is changing the face of Ancilla College and, therefore, changes the Marshall County community. We hope everyone turns out to take a look inside this beautifully designed structure anyone would want to live in. Great things are happening at Ancilla College and we hope to bring the entire area along with us.” The ceremony will be held at the residence hall, located at 20360 9B Road, Plymouth, Indiana and will include refreshments and a tour of the new building.  Additionally, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), will be in attendance along with a representative from Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office.

Bishop Rhoades, was ordained a bishop in 2004, by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia where he began ministry as Bishop of Harrisburg. Rhoades was appointed the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend in 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI, and installed the following year in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne.  Ancilla College is grateful and proud to have Bishop Rhoades present to perform this historic ceremony.

Ancilla College (<>), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 13 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.