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.
Maria and Sonia Delgado, members of the Jeanne Jugan Center’s skilled nursing staff, jumped with joy when they heard the announcement that Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio - a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina would reign as the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Emigrating from the same area of the world, their joy goes much deeper than having a Latin American Pope at the helm. They believe that the vote for Pope Francis came from God himself. Although Maria and Sonia are proud to have a Pope from Argentina, they view him as a Pope for all people and believe that his familiarity with America will greatly benefit the Roman Catholic religious order in the United States.
Maria and Sonia Delgado (sisters)
I moved into the Jeanne Jugan Center a little over a year ago and I am so “Thankful” that I did. I could not be any happier. This is the perfect place as far as I am concerned. I have my own small apartment, which I really love; it is so cozy and convenient.
The Sisters are so gracious and helpful. They make me feel right at home. It is peaceful and quiet here and the surroundings are beautiful.
A few weeks ago on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I converted to Catholicism. I received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist from our Chaplain, Fr. John McCormack, during our morning Mass. He and other Residents instructed me in our beautiful Faith. I found my faith and love of God had increased so much since I moved here. I studied hard to make sure I was doing the right thing and now I am renewed in my faith and life.
I am so proud and thank my God for leading me into all that I have.
Our annual Appreciation Mass and Reception was on Saturday, January 12 at the Jeanne Jugan Center. Bishop Raymond Boland was the main celebrant. Father Pat Rush delivered a meaningful homily on the “Year of Faith” and our Chaplain, Fr. John McCormack, joined in the concelebration. Following was a reception and fellowship for all to enjoy.
In our privileged service to our elderly brothers and sisters, the Little Sisters are so aware that it is our many collaborators and financial supporters who enable us to continue our work. With your help we see the lives of so many elderly living their final years in peace, security and happiness. For the past 130 years, our community has generously supported the needs of our elderly poor; we pray that the community will continue to support our mission in Kansas City for the next 130 years.
Thank you and God Bless to all of our benefactors!
I want to thank you for your dedication in what you do at Little Sisters of the Poor. We could not do without our volunteers. Prior to becoming the Volunteer Coordinator, I had the opportunity to be a volunteer and see how the Sisters and the Residents appreciate you. To give one’s time, feel the happiness, and see the smiles on the faces of the Residents is heartwarming. I feel God led me here to help in any way possible.