Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent. all the members of the Church are called to participate in this mission, for the Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born “to go forth.”
-Pope Francis on World Mission Day 2014
Sunday October 19th, the universal Church celebrated World Mission Sunday. This day is particularly special to us as Little Sisters of the Poor since our Congregation is an international order made up of many women who have given their lives to proclaim the Gospel and be a witness of Christ’s love and mercy, in particular to the elderly poor. In our community we are 19 Sisters, 5 of whom are here from other countries. The rest of the Little Sisters have at least spent time serving the elderly in France (where our work began), and many of whom have been to numerous countries. We have 198 Homes throughout the world and can be sent anywhere! Having an international community broadens our own horizons and is an asset in caring for all whom we take into our Homes.
The picture is of our Chapel alter, decorated with sari’s of different colors and a globe. Green represents Africa, blue represents Oceania, White represents Europe, Red, the Americas, and Yellow is for Asia.
We thank God for the joy of serving the elderly on all the Continents!