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Ancilla Domini College, in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a two-year, liberal arts college. It was established in 1937 and accredited by 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 only for prospective members of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. With the expansion of the college in 1966, the College broadened its liberal arts curriculum and admitted students from the surrounding geographical area, awarding an associate degree to members of the public for the first time in 1967.
Since 1973 Ancilla has maintained accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the United States.
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.
The ideals and principles that have characterized Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ education over the years are fundamental to Ancilla College’s mission and culture. Drawing from PHJC tradition, Ancilla fosters an environment where students can develop their unique gifts and insights through reflection, service and intellectual inquiry. Students are challenged to engage in the communities and become men and women in the service of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members. These values are at the core of Ancilla’s identity, binding the Ancilla Family across diverse backgrounds, faiths, cultures and traditions. – Vice President of Mission Integration Sr. Jolise May, PHJC