The Little Sisters of the Poor, an international Congregation was founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan in 1839 in Brittany, France. Our unique mission is to care for the elderly poor till the end of their lives. As you browse these pages you will come to know more about us and the elderly residents who are under our care. Hope you will enjoy!
Joy of Serving
A Little Sister of the Poor supports an elderly person to help him cross the threshold of the home: this is the apostolate of the Congregation. The elderly person is in the foreground, while the Little Sister is in the background. Both are walking together: the symbol of this apostolate, the heritage of Jeanne Jugan in the footsteps of Christ. The silhouette of the house has its foundations built on a circle to evoke the universality of the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is also a protective circle. Its circumference becomes a door, which expresses access to a world of welcoming in charity.
The door signifies a place of passage, inviting others to enter. “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved” (Jn 10:9).
On the wall of the home are engraved the initials of Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the poor who welcomes the elderly. The unbroken life of the design shows the continuity of the work in unity and union: with the elderly, union with Christ leading to fulfillment of the whole person. Blue signifies the path to infinity and to fidelity. White is the absoluteness and the fulfillment of life; it is also the emblem of innocence and purity.
“The Little Sisters of the Poor welcome into their Homes for the Aged the elderly poor, irrespective of caste, creed and community and care for them until their death, free of cost, with the same spirit of religion that they would have in serving Jesus Christ himself, for it is He in truth whom they receive and assist in the Person of the Poor, as He expressly taught in the Gospel: ‘I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’
"To alleviate their physical and mental sufferings and to fulfill the deepest longings of the elderly Poor who are under our care thus witnessing the compassionate love of the Heart of Jesus Christ by :
Recognizing their dignity, their desire of being respected, esteemed and loved, and their longing to feel themselves useful;
Understanding their apprehension of solitude, together with their wish for a certain independence and privacy:
Responding to their need for security, in health as in sickness, until death.
The World Grandparents Day and the elderly was celebrated in all our Homes in India on July 25th 2021 as our Holy Father Pope Francis inaugurated it this year for the first time. It was an occasion for us, the Little Sisters,to honour our Residents, show them our appreciation and love for what they are to the Society and the Church.
Year of Saint Joseph
We, the Little Sisters of the Poor, owe an immense debt of gratitude to Saint Joseph for the manifold blessings we receive from God each day through his intercession. Thank you Saint Joseph!