AJJ Promise Day
Last Sunday, May 1, was a special day here at the Jeanne Jugan Center. Not only was it the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker, who holds a very special place in our hearts, but it was also the day that our Association Jeanne Jugan members came together to renew their yearly promise to support the Little Sisters and honor our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan.
The Association Jeanne Jugan (commonly known as “AJJ”) is a Catholic lay apostolate formed by members who study the life of the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor and work to emulate her spirit. Every Home throughout the world has an AJJ organization. There are over 2,000 members worldwide, and currently 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 laywomen and men who have an interest in sharing the ideal and spirit of the Little Sisters’ mission. Each potential member selected spends one year in formation before making their initial promise, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor. As members they 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.
We are grateful for our AJJ members and feel blessed to have them. They are truly the hands and feet of the Little Sisters!