Father Robert Mahoney led our day of prayer, at the Retreat Center of the Franciscan Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Eucharist, with two information packed sessions and presided over Mass. His message was one of love, not only of those we are attracted to, but everyone and even ourselves. He apparently learned this at an early age from his mother. She was a very important person in his life and he still uses stories of her for examples in his talks and homilies. Father Robert also addressed the importance of good care in nursing homes where residents rely on others for comfort and compassion. How much does a kind word, a smile, a touch mean to those in need? A lot!
We were served a lunch of soup and salad, very tasty, followed by a break at which time we were able to peruse the gift shop and pray privately in the chapel where they have perpetual adoration. We ended our day near 3:00 p.m. and all agreed it was a fruitful, thought provoking day.
We will have plenty of opportunities at the Jeanne Jugan Center to listen to and love the Residents and take a moment to say hi or give a pat on the back as we scurry about our day.
The Association Jeanne Jugan offers to Catholic men and women the opportunity of sharing in the spirituality of the Little Sisters of the Poor, of participating in their mission of hospitality, and of helping to spread the charism of Saint Jeanne Jugan in various social and professional milieus.
After a year of spiritual preparation, new members are inducted into the Association Jeanne Jugan on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph, patron of the Little Sisters of the Poor – the same day that all other members renew their promise of hospitality to the elderly poor.
If you are interested in learning more about the Association Jeanne Jugan, please contact Sr. Monique at firstname.lastname@example.org