Jeanne Jugan is the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.
As Little Sisters of the Poor, we thank God every day for our beautiful vocation to care and to show our gratitude and affection towards our Elderly Residents. In the person of the Aged, our Mother Foundress’s faith discerned Christ: “My little ones,” she would say to the novices, “never forget that the poor are Our Lord; in caring for the poor say to yourself: This is for my Jesus — what a great grace!” As Little Sisters, we are happy to welcome the Aged of all religions and to respect the liberty and dignity of each person, as also of each one’s beliefs. We are mindful to always show respect for life. With our vocation, we are sensitive to the Call of the Aged of the entire world and faithful to our missionary tradition, we feel urged on by the Holy Spirit to contribute to the extension of the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth.
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