“Before you, O Lord, we are all very small!”
Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, the main celebrant for the Feast of St. Jean Jugan used these words to describe the saint’s spirituality. He was joined by several resident priests and priest friends for our morning Mass. The novices and sisters from the novitiate next door joined us and served as music ministers for the Mass.
“St. Jeanne Jugan was a woman of the beatitudes,” the Bishop continued, commenting on the readings of the Feast. “The real reason for her greatness is not that she founded a religious community that now stretches around the world. Not that her life was all given to the poor. Her greatness is found in not refusing God anything.
God chose her and did not find her wanting,” the Bishop said.
After Mass, the Bishop graciously spoke to each Little Sister to congratulate her on the feast. The Bishop then made his way to the dining rooms to greet the Residents.
In the afternoon the Sisters and Residents were treated to a new film presentation, The Life of St. Jeanne Jugan. The performance was filmed on October 11, 2012 in the Center of Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Watch the video now>>
In the evening, Mother Provincial Margaret Regina greeted each Resident and presented them with a box of candy. This extra attention touched the Residents very much who love these small tokens of affection by the Sisters. This is exactly how St. Jeanne Jugan would have wanted it.
St. Jeanne Jugan, pray for us! Send us many more young women to follow in your footsteps!