Our New Community!

The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were founded by Saint Raphaela Mary Porras in Spain in 1877. An international community of Roman Catholic women of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds, the Handmaids are now living and ministering in 27 different countries, all over the world.

The Handmaids are Eucharistic women, whose gift and commitment is to be bread broken and wine poured out for God and for others.

(From left to right):Leadership Team members Sisters Neluda Leguen, Argentine;  Gabreiela Espinosa, Colombian;  Innaculada Fukasawa, our Japanese Superior General; Concesa Martin, Spanish but resident in Japan; and Ines Ruiz, Spanish.

Our Ignatian spirituality, centered on the following of the poor and humble Christ, permeates and deepens every aspect of our lives as Handmaids. Our world view is inspired by the gaze of the Trinity, contemplating every person on our planet with tenderness and redemptive power. We are called to identify with Christ and become partners with him in his work of redemption, always seeking the greater glory of God as Jesus did.

At our General Chapter in 2012, we recommitted ourselves to social justice, peace and the integrity of creation. In particular we are called to reach out to the women and children who are victims of human trafficking and to our devastated earth. We are convinced that the planet and the poor cannot wait any longer.

–by Margaret Scott ACI