Big Hearts

Little Sisters, Brothers’ Keepers

In the wintery streets of Brittany, France, in 1839, Saint Jeanne Jugan met Anne Chauvin, an elderly and disabled widow rattled by the cold. Concerned, she carried Chauvin home and gave her a bed (Jugan’s own; Jugan herself moved to the less comfortable attic) and a promise to look after her.

That’s how Jugan began her mission to serve the aged and an organization that today gives free care in 31 countries to the elderly poor.

The Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor has aged with grace over 175 years—and has helped many people to age with dignity and comfort.

“Too many elderly are shoved aside. They’re pushed to the background when they’re dying or when they’re not economically feasible anymore,” says Sister Mary Bernard, one of almost three thousand devotees of the Roman Catholic congregation.

“But I feel that God wants me to serve the elderly as I would Him, and I’m happy to do it.”

Make It Count

What selfless acts of faith have you witnessed? Think about it, then tell us about it.

The Little Sisters of the Poor give a home and hope to the elderly

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  • catherine mcdonald

    We were blessed to have a father who taught us a faith that could move mountains and were blessed to care for him till God took him home on 11/7/14
    But that’s not always the case our elderly are pushed aside and left alone to die
    And it’s heart breaking thank you for that Vidio God bless all the sisters of the poor for their doing Gods work
    They will be rewarded in heaven I’m sure

  • Barbara Shurtz Ostergaard

    What a sweet way to live life, so full of love and joy — to live life to serve and help others, and to look on each person as a special human being. Nothing else seems to matter when you catch hold of this perspective.