Many people have come to know the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper, through their association with the Sisters and our works. They have felt strong attraction to her charism, wishing to integrate it into their lives as lay persons, single or married. There are many associates in the various countries where are sisters serve, while in Brazil the group is just beginning, with two small communities, one in São João da Fronteira with Sr. Cristel and the other in Jacundá, with Sr. Maria do Carmo.