Who is Jeanne Jugan?

St Jeanne Jugan

“Love God very much, so that you can look after the aged well, for it is Jesus whom you care for in them.” Icon by George Pinecross 2004

Who is Jeanne Jugan? 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. A Saint for old age and every age Jeanne Jugan gave herself entirely to God and the elderly poor. As our aging population continues to grow and dignity at the end of life is increasingly threatened, Jeanne Jugan offers herself as a friend and patron of the elderly. She is a Saint for old age. But she is more than that! Jeanne is a Saint for every age as she challenges young people to give themselves to God and neighbour. She is a role model for those who care for the poor, the sick and the aging. To those who feel anxious in these tough economic times, she offers an invitation to live the Beatitudes, trusting that God will provide. She challenges all of us to do everything through love. A friend of the poor — a Gospel witness for our time — a Saint for old age and every age!