St. Raphaela Center is a ministry of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a worldwide religious community whose mission is to celebrate God's unconditional love by promoting wholeness, peace and reconciliation. The Eucharist is at the center of our life and mission. For the Handmaids, "the Eucharist is what the root is for the tree". As Eucharistic women, our passion is to work with Christ to bring healing to people's hearts and peace to their relationships with God, with one another, and with the whole of creation. At the Center, we offer a sacred time and place for people of all faiths and walks of life to be embraced and cherished by the lovingkindness - hesed - of our God through prayer, retreats and spiritual programs.
Our mission of reparation calls us to a Eucharistic conversion that:
- cares for the whole person
- desires that all may know and love God
- embraces social justice
- shares God's special care for the smallest and most forgotten
The Handmaids’ foundress, St. Raphaela Mary Porras, came to understand the specific way that God spoke to her and within her, and grew to identify her own desires with those of Christ's. She responded generously - and joyfully - with her whole life. Her belief and description of the Handmaid mission, "Love of Christ in the Eucharist and the concern of His Heart for the salvation of all," remains a present-day reality for the Handmaids throughout the globe.
Handmaid Ministries around the world
Our Core Values