Hands On + Hearts – IN

Hands-ON + Hearts IN is a program to assist women (ages 18 and over)who are discerning a call to consecrated life through hands-on service to the needy in northern Mississippi.

The dates for these 5-day experiences (Monday thru Friday) are:

September 18-22, 2017 – Cancelled

May 7-11, 2018

May 21-25, 2018

August 20-24, 2018

September 10-14, 2018

(Travel dates are the Sunday before and the Saturday following each week.)

Accompanied by Religious Sisters, the Monday through Friday experience provides a hands-on opportunity to assist those in need while discerning life as a sister. Participants will reside with sisters from various communities. Service projects include:

  • tutoring children;
  • assisting at a food pantry;
  • cleaning homes for the elderly;
  • repairing tornado-damaged homes;
  • serving meals at a soup kitchen.

The Sisters of the Living Word who have a residence in Holly Springs, MS will be the hospitality team, offering the meals, a comfortable ‘home base’ for the prayer / discernment aspects of the experience.

This program coordinated by the Sisters of the Living Word is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association (CAVA) members and Sacred Heart Southern Missions (SHSM) in northern Mississippi.

The only costs to attend are the travel costs to and from Mississippi. To learn more about this unique opportunity for women to discern life as a sister, contact: Sharon Glumb, SLW   sglumb@slw.org;847-577-5972 ext. 233 (work); 601-291-6738 (cell).


Only costs to attend are the travel costs to and from Mississippi


Hands-ON + Hearts-IN 2017-2018 Flyer 


 Read a reflection from Ms. Libby Riggs, a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Volunteer who experienced the Outreach experience in Holly Springs.

Mississippi Moves the Heart

Right out of college, I entered the Peace Corp, my heart has always gone out to the third world countries where there is so much need. A recent experience however brought me to a hault.  As a part of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Volunteer Program, I was offered the opportunity to travel to Holly Springs, Mississippi on a pilot mission program for the PHJC’s and the Catholic Volunteer Network in conjunction with the Southern Sacred Heart Ministries. The real beauty of this mission was that those we worked along side, those we worked with, all became community…there was no notice of age, race, religion, sex…but a sharing in one mission to serve and be served without question.  While I participated in a short program last spring in helping clean-up from the tornado damage of late 2015, we were not afforded the opportunity to be as actively involved in the victims of the disaster since they were unable to live at the sight.  This time, would be a totally different experience as we plunged into the lives of the people. READ MORE