The Little Sisters of the Poor at the Jeanne Jugan Center welcomed five new Jeanne Jugan Associates to its lay member society, Association Jeanne Jugan (AJJ), on May 1. This association was formed as a way for individuals to support the Little Sisters and to honor their foundress St. Jeanne Jugan. Its members serve as lay apostolates that share in the spiritual riches of the Little Sisters by participating in their mission of hospitality to the elderly poor.
Members spend one year in formation deepening their knowledge and understanding of the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Jeanne Jugan associated the laity with her apostolic work from the beginning and included priests, friends, family members of Residents, and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in particular. This group of “friends” became known as the Association Jeanne Jugan in 1959. The AJJ serves as an extension of the Little Sisters’ work by participating in the pastoral love for Jesus, as well as recreational and cultural activities in their Home.