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.
Healing this century’s wounds through humble service, merciful love
I would like to share with you this interesting story recently posted by Sister Constance, an American Little Sister to mark the 150th Anniversary of the congregation’s arrival in the United States.
“On August 30 — the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan — we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.
Our pioneering Little Sisters arrived in America during a particularly painful period in our nation’s history. The nativist movement of the 1850s, the Civil War and the failures of post-war reconstruction left an enormous human toll, vast economic devastation and a profound racial divide in their wake.
Like a healing balm, the Little Sisters of the Poor brought a much-needed infusion of humble service and merciful love to America.
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