St. Jeanne Jugan, Pray for Us!

Jeanne Jugan

St. Jeanne Jugan is one of my favorite saints; so, even though I mentioned her on her feast day last year, I feel compelled to do so again. Not only is she the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, she is a model of humility, faith, and love of God and the poor.

You see, Jeanne Jugan grew up poor – her father being a fisherman that was lost at sea and her mother did her best to take care of Jeanne and her siblings. When Jeanne Jugan was a young adult, she worked as a maid for a Christian family and thus grew in her love for the poor. On one fateful many many years later, she took in her first old woman, thus planting the seed for her new community.

As the congregation grew, Jeanne Jugan was elected superior; but after she was elected as superior a second time, she was removed from office by a priest who was delegated as an adviser to the community. She was put in charge of “begging” (the sisters rely solely on donations for survival). As she got older she lived in the Novitiate where she “formed” the candidates and novices with her humble, faithful example.

She suffered much in her life, and at one point she was no longer even recognized as foundress of her own community. Yet, through it all she trusted in God. You can learn more about her exemplary life here. As you can see, she not only a Champion of the Aged, but a champion of faith as well!

 “My good Jesus, I have only You.” – St. Jeanne Jugan

Here is the novena prayer to St. Jeanne Jugan:

Jesus, you rejoiced and praised your Father for having revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. We thank you for the graces granted to your humble servant, Jeanne Jugan, to whom we confide our petitions and needs.

 Father of the poor, you have never refused the prayer of the lowly, we ask you therefore to hear the petitions that she presents to you on our behalf….

 Jesus, through Mary, your Mother and ours, we ask this of you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 Saint Jeanne Jugan, pray for us.