Ancilla Domini College, organized and sponsored by the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a two-year, liberal arts college. It was established in 1937 under the accreditation of the Indiana State Board of Education.
Prior to that year Ancilla functioned as an extension of DePaul University of Chicago under a charter granted to the Poor Handmaids in 1925.
Originally Ancilla provided higher education for prospective members of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. With the needed expansion of college facilities in 1966, the college broadened its liberal arts curriculum and admitted students from the surrounding geographical area, awarding an associate degree for the first time in 1967.
If you’d like to learn more about the Poor Handmaids, you can read the PHJC Community Benefit Report here.
Since 1973, Ancilla has maintained accreditation with the national Higher Learning Commission.
The seal of Ancilla College was designed by Sister Consilia Danyi, P.H.J.C., of the art department of the College in 1965 under the administration of President, Sister Joel Lampen, P.H.J.C. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ take their name, Ancilla Domini Sisters, from the passage of scripture Luke 1:38 in which Jesus’ mother, Mary, expressed to the angel Gabriel her service to God in the words, “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord.”
In Latin her words translate to “Ancilla Domini” meaning “Handmaid of the Lord.” The ofﬁcial name of the College is Ancilla Domini College. The seal of Ancilla College ﬁrst appeared on the By-Laws of the Board of Trustees of Ancilla Domini College and the Articles of Incorporation on August 23, 1965.