The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ancillae Cordis Jesu, is an international community of Roman Catholic women of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds. Inspired by their foundress, Saint Raphaela Mary Porras, the Handmaids have been drawn together by a common spirituality to give their lives completely to Jesus Christ and His people.
Today, as in the first days of the congregation, the Handmaids strive to be true servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by being agents of Reconciliation. As women of prayer, they depend on the "daily bread" of Eucharist, and find the fuel for their ministries through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a rich community prayer life. As Eucharistic women, the Handmaids work with Christ to bring healing to people's hearts and peace to their relationships with God, with one another, and with creation.
In the United States of America Province since 1926, the Handmaids have made a difference in the lives of countless individuals from Pennsylvania to Florida, from Texas to North Carolina and Georgia. At present, there are thirty-eight sisters in the United States who provide an array of services that continue the mission that Saint Raphaela Mary began in 1877.
The many talents of the Sisters are enriched by their cross-cultural community lives. American-born sisters live side by side with Handmaids of Cuban, Irish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, English, Colombian, Taiwanese and Peruvian origins. Theirs is a rich human tapestry woven with faith and generosity.