The Association Jeanne Jugan (commonly known as “AJJ”) is a lay apostolate formed by members who share in the chrisma of the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor and emulate her work. Every Home throughout the world has an AJJ organization. There are over 2,000 members worldwide – 18 members at our Kansas City Home.
The AJJ in Kansas City began in May 2002. The Association is led by a Sister facilitator. She meets with potential laywomen and men who have an interest in sharing the ideal and spirit of the Little Sisters’ mission. Each member selected attends a class once a month for twelve months prior to making his or her Promise. The Promise is made on May 1, which is the feast day of St. Joseph, the worker at Mass in the Little Sisters of the Poor chapel.
A few weeks prior, all members and candidates have a day of prayer led by a priest. The priest gives the AJJ’s “food for thought” and an opportunity for dialogue, confessions, and private pray. New members receive a booklet outlining the mission of the AJJ’s and an AJJ pin.
As part of our promise, we meet bi-monthly for spiritual growth, participate in prayer chains, assist with Resident birthday parties, visit the Residents in our home, and help when and where needed. It is a blessing to be a member of the Association Jeanne Jugan.
Pictured are our two newest AJJ members, Alice Grego (left) and Marge Clanahan (right). Both women are employees at the Jeanne Jugan Center.