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Lay Associates

The Association Jeanne Jugan was established in 1998 as a contemporary response to the prophetic intuition of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. She envisioned hospitality as a humble, charitable service uniting in one family the Little Sisters, the elderly and lay collaborators who wish to serve Jesus Christ in the person of their needy brothers and sisters. The members of the Association Jeanne Jugan are the extension of our hands and hearts.

Since its approval by the Vatican, over 2,000 women and men around the world have joined the Association.  They are from all walks of life, staff members and faithful volunteers who feel drawn to the person of Saint Jeanne Jugan, wish to share in our spirituality and to participate in our mission of hospitality to the needy elderly in a committed, ongoing way.

Catholic women and men at least 18 years of age who are interested in joining the Association participate in a yearlong program of formation.

Membership is formalized by an annual promise, which the Association members renew together on May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Members of the Association participate in our apostolate in many ways, each according to his or her talents, interests and family/professional obligations.

The sharing of the charism of religious Institutes with the laity opens today « a new chapter, rich in hope, in the history of relations between consecrated persons and the laity, “wrote Pope John Paul II in 1990 Approved by the Church on September 5, 1998, the Association Jeanne Jugan follows this path of newness and hope.

This Association offers to laymen and women the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual riches of the Little Sisters of the Poor, of participating in their apostolic mission of hospitality to the aged poor, and of helping to spread the charism of Jeanne Jugan in the milieus where they live and work.

Jugan Jugan envisioned hospitality as a humble fraternal service uniting in one family the Little Sisters, the elderly and lay collaborators who wish to serve Jesus Christ in the person of their elderly brothers and sisters.

To find out how you can join the Association Jeanne Jugan, contact the home nearest you.

 

Volunteers

As Little Sisters of the Poor we follow the advice of Saint Jeanne Jugan, "Making the elderly happy - that is everything!" Volunteers play an essential role in achieving this goal, providing our Residents with the extra attention that makes all the difference in their lives.

Volunteers also provide invaluable support in many areas of our homes, both in direct contact with the elderly and through indirect services in various departments.

Although they render much service, our volunteers are unanimous through their contact with the elderly they receive much more than they give. Everyday they experience the truth of Jesus words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).

As Little Sisters of the Poor we follow the advice of Saint Jeanne Jugan, "Making the elderly happy - that is everything!" Volunteers play an essential role in achieving this goal, providing our Residents with the extra attention that makes all the difference in their lives.

Volunteers also provide invaluable support in many areas of our homes, both in direct contact with the elderly and through indirect services in various departments.

Although they render much service, our volunteers are unanimous through their contact with the elderly they receive much more than they give. Everyday they experience the truth of Jesus words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).

 

 

YOUTH  INVOLVEMENT

You have come to the right place! Youth are always welcome in our homes, for they bring joy and new life to the elderly like no one else can. As they serve, young people also discover the truth of Jesus words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive!" (Acts 20:35).

Young people are welcome individually or in groups, on a long-term or short-term basis, to entertain the Residents, animate a dance or Bingo party, or perform a variety of services.

 "As advances in medicine and other factors lead to increased longevity, it is important to recognize the presence of growing numbers of older people as a blessing for society. Every generation can learn from the experience and wisdom of the generation that preceded it. Indeed the provision of care for the elderly should be considered not so much an act of generosity as the repayment of a debt of gratitude."

Pope Benedict XVI

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