About Us

Our History:

The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ is a Private Association of the Christian Faithful in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with our headquarters located in Santa Maria, California. We were founded in 1971, with the blessing of Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Manning and Pope Paul VI. In 1973, the Articles of Incorporation were filed in the state of California establishing our association as the Apostolate of Christian Renewal. In 1990, our name officially became the Servants and Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We continue to serve as an “Apostolate of Christian Renewal”.

Our Association is listed in the Official Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Official Catholic Directory (OCD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We serve in union with Pope Francis and in conformity to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Our governing directors and members of our ministry teams are Virtus and Safe Environment Certified. We have been finger printed and all have Letters of Good Standing that verify the same to our Local Ordinary and to any other Diocese upon request.

Those who participate in our apostolate come from all walks of life and parts of the world. We are men and women, younger and older; lay, religious and ordained who are seeking to deepen our relationship with God and fulfill the universal call to holiness commissioned by Vatican Council II.

The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ is a 501 (c)3, tax exempt, nonprofit association.

Our Spiritual Life:

From our charism flows our spirituality and how we live the spiritual life. The development of the spiritual life for a Servant and Handmaid begins with the desire to respond to an intimate call by God to know, love and serve him.

We invite the Holy Spirit to fill us and surrender the totality of our being to the divine life of our Triune God of Love, just as the Holy Family did in their family life together. It is through this union in and with the Trinity that the Holy Family became one in heart. We seek to develop the same Spirit filled life through prayer, doing penance, study, fasting and by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Our spiritual focus is the Eucharistic Liturgy— the highest form of prayer and union with God, where heaven and earth are united as one throughout the world, throughout all time. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the Church (People of God) is vivified and this gift of the Holy Spirit extends to all creation. Thus, whenever we pray, we invite all of the angels, saints, holy souls in purgatory and the whole family of God on earth to unite mystically with us and for us in each act of praise, adoration, thanksgiving, sorrow for sins and intercessory prayer in union with each mass celebrated throughout all time. By this offering of self, our prayers become one prayer with Christ the High Priest who has offered himself once for all, for all time. In brief, a Servant and Handmaid intentionally offers all that they are and all that they do in union with every Eucharistic Liturgy celebrated throughout all time.

Special Prayers:

Our Charism:

To bring Jesus’ prayer for unity at the Last Supper (John 17: 20-23) to fruition is our charism (gift from God). This means to be about reconciling humanity to the Father and making his desire for union in and with the Blessed Trinity a living reality in our time and culture. By following the example of Jesus, we also strive to become a living prayer of unity— a saint. Jesus’ prayer for unity is supremely realized through the Paschal Mystery, which is his redemptive work of salvation that is actualized through his life, death, resurrection and ascension and sending of the Holy Spirit.

Our common way of life is to be united in the Blessed Trinity as reflected by the Holy Family of Nazareth. The family life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is the perfect human model of Trinitarian love, knowledge and service to and for each other. Thus, we strive to imitate their relationship and example. Our charism is manifested through our apostolate and spiritual life. The founder of our charism and spirituality is Fr. Luke Zimmer, SS.CC., who entered eternal life in 1997.

Executive Officers

Jerrie Castro

President

Jerrie Castro has served on the board of directors since 1997, and has been involved in nonprofit administrative management for nearly 40 years. She also brings to the association 28 years of teaching and healing ministry experience and directs the present foundation and development of The Servants and Handmaid’s West Coast School of Healing Prayer.

Jerrie’s early ministry training began in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a parish prayer group leader and Certified Catechist with an Adult Specialization. She has lived the spirituality, charism and apostolate of The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ since 1980.

Jerrie established Mission West Publishing Company in 1994, after her retirement from Orcutt Union School District, on the Central Coast. Her experience as a publisher has been beneficial to the association’s production of visual and written materials.

In 2004, she moved to Fresno, California to be near her adult children and grandchildren. She is a member in good standing of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she currently serves as ministry leader for the parish Adult Faith Study. Jerrie is also a Catechist on the parish RCIA Inquiry team and leads the Holy Spirit Parish Healing Prayer Ministry.

Anna Marie Maadenberg

Vice President

Anna Marie Maagdenberg has been a member of the board of directors since 2005 and has served in the ministry of Christian healing prayer for 25 years. She is the coordinator of events and oversees the JMJ bookstore. She is also a presenter and contributing writer of the student manuals for The Servants and Handmaid’s West Coast School of Healing Prayer.

For 11 years Anna Marie served as Chairman of one of the largest Marian Conferences in California; held in the Oakland Diocese, with over 1,000 people in attendance annually. Her extensive background in event organization is a great asset to The Servants and Handmaid’s presentation of seminars, workshops retreats and pilgrimages. During this period of conferences she came to know the work of the Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ and began to live their way of life.

She founded Hear My Children Audiology Clinic in Mother’s Village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The clinic was created with state of the art medical equipment though donations from various medical sources and benevolent people from many parts of the world. Through these efforts many children had their hearing restored. In 2010, the clinic was moved to a new hospital in Mostar.

Anna Marie is licensed Nurse Practitioner in a family practice clinic in South San Francisco and lives with her husband Harry in Rodeo, California. She is a member in good standing of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she attends weekly Bible Study and is a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

Mary Ann Armstrong

Administrative Secretary
& Finance Officer

Mary Ann Armstrong has served on the board of directors since 2007. She oversees the association’s property management and is the mentor of spiritual formation and director of prayer ministry.

She has had extensive training in the ministry of healing prayer and is a presenter and contributing writer of the student manuals for the West Coast School of Healing Prayer. Mary Ann and her husband Mike became part of the movement of The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ in 2006. In addition she and her husband are involved in developing media presentations for the Servants and Handmaids formation, various seminars, retreats, The West Coast School of Healing Prayer and public information services for the Internet.

Mary Ann has participated as a facilitator of Lectio Divina Bible Studies and the “Women of Grace” adult spiritual formation group in her parish. She also serves as a member of her parish healing prayer team.

An active real estate agent since 1977, in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, Mary Ann currently lives with her husband Mike in Santa Maria, California where she is a member in good standing of St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church.

Directors

Christopher Martinez

Director

Christopher Martinez Director of the Lay Association serves as a development assistant for the Servants and Handmaids West Coast School of Healing Prayer. His gift of administration brings expertise to the goals of the association and plans for a future prayer center.

Professionally, Chris is the Administrative Officer for Maxim Healthcare Services in Modesto, CA. His background is in health care services, business development, management, administration and health care industry recruiting
He has a BA in Economics from California State University Fresno and was previously an Avionics Technician in the US Navy

Chris is a member, in good standing, of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto, CA where he participates in Paradisus Dei, “That Man is You!” Program geared toward a man’s leadership role in the family. Chris is also active in World Wide Marriage Encounter. Formerly, he lived in Fresno, CA where he was a member of his parish Adult Faith Study Group and served on the Holy Spirit Parish Healing Ministry Team. He is also a presenter in the Servants and Handmaids West Coast.

Ronald Halbe

Director

Ronald Halbe, Director, serves as Facilitator of Ministry Relations for Servants and Handmaids. He brings an abundance of planning, developing and implementing strategies to the board of directors for administering both short and long-range plans of the association. Ron began ministry in Temple City, CA where he was active in various leadership roles including a three-year term on St. Luke’s Parish Pastoral Council where he also served as president.

Ron had a thirty-five year career with Atlantic Richfield Corporation in Southern California where he worked in retail marketing and in the engineering department as supervisor of construction and maintenance.

Following his retirement, he moved to northern California and continued in ministry by participating in an Adult Faith Formation Group, Bible Study and the West Coast School of Healing Prayer. At present, he spends time with his grown children and grandchildren in both Livermore and Fresno. He is a member in good standing of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Livermore, CA where he serves as a Men’s Spirituality Group leader.

Counselors

Legal

Randy A. Bain

Attorney Assayag & Moss LLC
Costa Mesa, CA

Randy practices business and commercial litigation on behalf of financial institutions, business organizations and individuals. He received a BA Degree in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, with highest honors in 1979 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Davis in 1982. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, California State Bar and four divisions of the United States District Court jurisdictions.

Accounting

Jim Sabbatini

CPA Jim G. Sabbatini
CPA Selma, Ca

Jim has practiced as a CPA for over 30 years and was an audit supervisor with Touche Ross which is now Deloitte and Touché. He established Jim G. Sabbatini, CPA firm in 1984. Graduating Suma cum Laude, with a BS Degree in Accounting from California State University Fresno 1974. 
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
and the Tax Section of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the Board of Directors of the California State University Fresno Athletic Corporation and is a member of the Bulldog Foundation Endowment Committee.

Financial

Mike Kilpatrick

CHFC Kilpatrick Financial Group
Camarillo, CA

Mike serves as the senior member of the group’s financial team and has been in the financial planning business for over 25 years. He holds the Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is licensed for a variety of investment and insurance related commodities.

Colin Kilpatrick

Associate Financial Advisor
Kilpatric Financial Group
Camarillo, CA

Colin has been working in the investment industry since 2009, and joined Mike Kilpatrick as an Associate Financial Advisor in January of 2010. He graduated from Biola University with a BA in 2007. He is fully registered with FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations, and California Insurance licenses.

Information Systems

Naun Garcia

Owner Bridge Web Design &
Marketing Fresno, Ca

Naun received a BBA Degree in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems from California State University, Fresno in 2013 and founded Bridge Web Design and Marketing in 2007. The company offers creative web development, E-Commerce, Content Management Systems, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Training, Consulting and marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses.

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