Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will preside over a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the sesquicentennial of care and service to the poor in Philadelphia by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Saint Jeanne Jugan founded the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1839. She dedicated her life to caring for the elderly poor in France and inspired many women who joined the Little Sisters of the Poor to follow her example.
In 1869, the Sisters expanded their ministry to serve the elderly poor in Philadelphia. At one point, the Sisters cared for over 600 elderly in three different homes. Today, the Sisters operate Holy Family Home in Southwest Philadelphia. The Home offers three different levels of care to seniors in need: independent living, 30 apartments for low-income seniors; personal care, 22 private rooms; and skilled nursing care, 44 private rooms.
Saint Jeanne Jugan was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.
To learn more about the Little Sisters of the Poor, please visit http://www.littlesistersofthepoor.org/.
For more information about the Little Sisters of the Poor Hily Family Home, please visit http://www.littlesistersofthepoorphiladelphia.org/.