Sister Maria Katharina Kasper (1820-1898)
A native of Dernbach, Germany, Kasper felt a call to the religious life, but her family’s unfortunate economic circumstances prevented it for many years. Finally, in 1851, she was able to establish the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to care for the poor, sick, and children. The Sisters arrived in the United States in 1868 and settled in Indiana. Eventually, the congregation opened houses in the United States, Europe, Mexico, India, Brazil, Kenya, and Nigeria. Kasper died at Dernbach.