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                              BIOGRAPHY OF SAINT JEANNE      JUGAN

Born in Cancale, (France) in the village of Petites Croix, on October 25, 1792, Jeanne Jugan was baptized on the same day in the Church of Saint- Meen during the upheaval of the French Revolution.

Her father, a sailor like most men from that area, was away in Newfoundland for the fishing season. Four years later, he was lost at sea. Her mother remained alone to raise her four children. At the age of sixteen, Jeanne began helping her family by working as a kitchen maid in a manor near Cancale.

She stayed there until the age of twenty-five and then left home for Saint Servan where she worked as a nurse's aide at le Rosais Hospital. When a young sailor asked her to marry him, she replied, “God wants me for himself. He is keeping me for a work which is not yet founded.”

Jeanne Jugan desired only to serve God and the poor - especially the weakest and the most destitute -faithful to the ideal of configuration to Jesus through Mary, that Saint John Eudes taught to the 1 members of the Third Order of the Admirable Mother, an association that she joined around the I age of twenty-five.

One winter evening in 1839, she opened her door and her heart to a blind, semi-paralysed elderly woman who had suddenly found herself alone. Jeanne gave up her own bed. This act committed herforever. Asecond elderly woman followed, then a third... In 1843, they numbered forty around Jeanne and her three young companions. These latter had chosen her as Superior of their small association which would gradually develop into a true religious life.

However, Jeanne Jugan would soon be ousted from this responsibility and reduced to the simple activity of the collecting, a hard task which she herself had begun. She had been encouraged in this act of charity and sharing by the Brothers of Saint John of God. Jeanne replied to injustice with silence, gentleness and abandonment. Her faith and love helped her to discern God's will for her and for her religious family.

As the years passed by, Jeanne Jugan was more shrouded in obscurity. The beginnings of her work were falsified. She was kept in the background for twenty-seven years (1852 to 1879), four at the Home in Rennes, and the last twenty-three years of her long life at la Tour Saint Joseph, the Mother House of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor since 1856.

At the time of her death, on August 29,1879, she was 86. Few Little Sisters knew that she was the Foundress, but her influence on the young postulants and novices, whose life she shared during those twenty-seven years, proved to be decisive. During this prolonged contact, the initial charism was passed on; the spirit of the beginnings was Little by little, light was shed on the situation...

In 1902, the truth began to emerge: Jeanne Jugan, Sister Mary of the Cross, who died in oblivion a quarter of a century earlier, was not the third Little Sister,as everyone had been led to believe,but the first, the Foundress!


Cure of Doctor Edward Erwin GATZ

Of an adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.

Doctor Edward Gatz is a retired anesthesiologist who lives in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States of America. He was born on April 19, 1937 in O'Neil, Nebraska.

At the age of 51, he began to feel dyspeptic (digestive) problems with a loss of weight and the appearance of growths on his hands. The diagnosis was interpreted as a paraneoplastic syndrome due to an occult cancer.

An endoscopy on January 9,1989 revealed the presence of a cancerous lesion in the lower part of the esophagus. The patient was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and had surgery on January 18, 1989 for a partial esophgo- gastrectomy. The biopsy showed a 3rd degree adenocarcinoma, and the examination specified that there was an aneuploid tumor. Doctor Gatz was advised to have chemotherapy, but he refused. He also refused to have radiotherapy.

On the day that Doctor Gatz's cancer was diagnosed (January 9,1989) his wife spoke with a priest, Father Richard D. McGloin, S.J. to tell him about her husband's illness and to seek some consolation. The priest encouraged Mrs. Gatz to pray and gave her the novena prayer to Blessed Jeanne Jugan, whom he knew through the Little Sisters of the Poor, since he had formerly been their chaplain at their Home in Milwaukee, and whom he held in veneration. Along with him, Mrs. Gatz began to pray to Jeanne Jugan every day, even after a follow-up medical examination on March 8.

In fact, the first endoscopic examination took place on March 8,1989. The biopsy showed the presence of chronic gastritis, but no signs of recurrence of the tumor.

                                                                                                                                      Rome-Canonization of Jeanne Jugan October 2009

All the doctors therefore agreed that Doctor Gatz would not live more than “Six to thirteen months.” Yet he is still alive and well today at the age of 71.

The promulgation of the decree acknowledging the miracle through the intercession of Blessed Jeanne Jugan (Sister Mary of the Cross) was signed on December 6,2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.



Love God very much! He is so good! All for him. Do everything through love.

When you grow old, you will no longer see anything. As for me, I no longer see anything but God!

Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Go and find him when your strength and patience are giving out, when you feel lonely and helpless. Say to him: “ You know well what is happening, my dear Jesus I have only you. Come to my aid...” And then go your way. And don't worry about knowing how you are going to manage. It is enough to have told our good Lord. He has an excellent memory!

It is so good to be Poor, to have nothing, to depend on God for everything!

Look upon the poor with compassion, and Jesus will look upon you with kindness.

My children, you love Our Lady.
She will be your Mother!
The Hail Mary will take us to heaven!
All good comes to us from the Church.
The Holy Father before all!

God wants me for Himself.

Never forget, never forget that the poor are Our Lord.

God will help us; the work is His.

Refuse God nothing... We must do all through love.

Last words: “Eternal Father, open your gates today to the most miserable of your children, but one who greatly longs to see you. O Mary, my dear Mother, come to me. You know that I love you and that I long to see you. ”
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