This weekend we welcome the Little Sisters of the Poor as they make their annual appeal among us. The Little Sisters of the Poor arrived in Philadelphia 148 years ago, 30 years after St. Jeanne Jugan took an elderly, blind and partially paralyzed beggar woman off the streets and placed her into her own bed in France. St. Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, always taught her sisters by personal example. Her spirituality and hospitality became the hallmarks of her congregation. These gifts are keenly experienced by all those lucky enough to dwell with them in their homes throughout the world. The special charisms of the Little Sisters congregation are simplicity and humility. These charisms are faithfully lived out through their fourth vow of hospitality. “Making the Elderly happy is everything”, this quote is directly from the mouth of St. Jeanne Jugan.
As most of you know, my own mother resided with the Little Sisters the last four and a half years of her life until her death on March 6, 2014. Father Silcox’s twin brother, Howard also resided with the Little Sisters until his own death in September of 2015. Both Father Silcox, and I can testify to the love and devotion which was lavished upon both my mother, and Father Silcox’s twin brother, Howard. We thank the Little Sisters for their devotion and love and for their charism of seeing Christ in all of their elderly residents. If you are able, please support them in their mission through your continued prayers and financial support.