Saint Jeanne Jugan: Champion of the Aged

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5:3

Today (August 30) is the feast of an amazing woman: Saint Jeanne Jugan. She isn’t very well known yet, but deserves to be! She dedicated her life to taking care of the elderly poor and in doing that, she founded the religious congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

What a lot of people reading this don’t know is, I spent eight years with the Little Sisters of the Poor discerning a vocation with them. It was a wonderful experience, and even though I am called to marriage and family, I have never regretted the time I spent with the Sisters. It was there, of course, that I got to know Saint Jeanne, back when she was still a “Blessed”.

Saint Jeanne Jugan is a true witness and example for our time. In a world where life is often disregarded and the elderly are often ignored or deemed a nuisance, Saint Jeanne Jugan – and the Little Sisters of the Poor – shine out like a bright star.

I invite to you check out this youtube video which outlines the life of Saint Jeanne Jugan and the work of the Little Sisters (It’s about 10 minutes, but well worth the time spent!):

(This post is linked to Saints & Scripture Sundays.)

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Comments

  1. Theresa Alescio says:

    Oh wow!!! That was so nice!!!
    I really miss working for the LSP’s–
    So sad that they are so far from me!!!

  2. SimpleCatholic says:

    You know, I think they have a home in Delaware! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. She is going to be more and more important as the government seeks to kill those of us who are sick, disabled, and elderly. I wish there were LSP in southwest Missouri. I would feel safer and would do what I could to help them.
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