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 Humble Beginnings

Jeanne Jugan founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with a simple, yet dramatic gesture. One winter evening in 1839, in St Servan, France, she opened her heart and home to an elderly blind, paralyzed woman who suddenly found herself alone after the death of her sister. Jeanne carried Anne Chauvan through the streets of the small town, brought her to her apartment and placed her in her bed. Another woman followed and then, a third. The Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, with its mission of hospitality to the elderly, was born.

      Jeanne Jugan was motivated by deep faith and a loving heart. She would often say, That "The Poor are our Lord". It is Jesus whom you care for in them. She only wished to serve God and others, the poor above all, the most feeble and deprived.

     Jeanne’s gesture of charity towards the aged answered a pressing need. Her apartment was soon too small to accommodate the growing number of elderly who knocked on her door. Several young women came to assist Jeanne and the group moved from one building to another till they found a suitable home. Jeanne collected from friends and found new benefactors to provide for those in her care and maintain the homes.

      Word spread quickly and the work was officially recognized by the church in 1852. On August 27, 1879, the bells tolled in the towers of the Motherhouse La Tour St Joseph. It told the neighbourhood of the return to God of Sister Mary of the Cross – Jeanne Jugan for those who knew her 40 years earlier. Without noise, she has met him whom she “ so greatly longed to see”. Her mission is accomplished. 2,400 Little Sisters had learned to answer God’s call in the service of the aged poor. Jeanne Jugan was declared SAINT by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony on October 11,2009 in Rome.       

   

An all India stamp was released in her honor by Karnataka State Governor His Excellency Mr.H.R.Bhardwaj on October 29,2009 in Bagalore.The stamp marking the canonization of Saint Jeanne Jugan has the facade of the Home in Bangalore in the background besides the portrait of the Saint.(Sculptor-Brother Marie Bernard.

                                                                            Jeanne's birth place

                            

    Today, there are 202 homes in 31 countries and 2,710 Little Sisters of the Poor. How are we living this project 170 years later,years later, in today’s context? Always attentive to the elderly whom we desire to serve and love, we take into account their new needs, desires and laws that have created differences between countries and continents. Common lines steeped in our tradition, in the light of the teachings of  the Church, continue to guide us

.                                       The basis of our actions -Respect for human dignity, even when the elderly person is physically or mentally disabled. Respect for life, by strongly opposing the introduction of euthanasia. The aged are helped to feel accepted; their suffering is alleviated as much as possible.

     Jeanne was born in the midst of the French Revolution at Cancale. Her father worked aboard a New Foundland-bound fishing vessel, like many of his countrymen. In 1796, he was lost at sea. Jeanne and her three siblings soon knew poverty and work. She took on different jobs, including that of a kitchen-maid in a manor near Cancale, nurse in a hospital at St Servan and domestic nurse. To the marriage proposal of a young sailor, she answered: “God wants me for Himself; He is keeping me for work that is not yet known, work which is not yet founded”.

                                        LSP Home for the Aged inBangalore 

                                On a pleasant Sunday morning – April 30, 1900 – the first two Little Sisters of the Poor arrived in Bangalore. His Lordship Bishop Kleiner’s repeated appeals to Mother General for such a home in Bangalore were finally fulfilled. He accepted all the proposed conditions for the foundation, and offered to pay all rent and taxes for three years. The Little Sisters had travelled from Colombo via Chennai and were welcomed by Parish Priest Fr Cabard and parishioners gathered in St Patrick’s Church – the Cathedral Church at that epoch. Two more arrived the following day. Their joy was great when, on May 2, the first poor elderly person presented himself. He was received with open arms and many were soon to follow. By May 18, there were nine residents – six men and three women. The Little Sisters, as they do in all Homes, soon began collecting funds. As Fr Cabard didn’t want them walking in the heat, he gave them a horse. A benefactress, Mrs Bride, donated a cart. Thus they went begging even to distant places and markets. Many people voluntarily offered little gifts, particularly rice.

   In order to keep up to the requirements of our times and in view to better care for the elderly,the project for reconstruction othe home in Bangalore has been studied.The building work will commense shortly.The Foundation Stone was blessed by His Grace Most Rev.Bernard Moras Archbishop of Bangalore and the commemorative plaque was unveild by Mother Genaral Celine de la Visitation,Little Sisters of the Poor on 11th February 2011.Donations towards the new building will be of immense help and greatly appreciated.                                    

                                                      Doctors volunteered to serve the aged and the Snaize Brothers offered coffins for free. Their family continues to help with coffins even today. Jeanne Jugan’s spirit continues to animate the work of the Little Sisters, who are blessed with the spirit of joy in service to the elderly. With their dedication, they form one family with the poor.

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