Saint of the day:
St. Jeanne Jugan
Patron Saint of the destitute elderly
St. Jeanne Jugan's Story
Who is Jeanne Jugan?
Jeanne Jugan is the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.
A Saint for old age and every age
Jeanne Jugan gave herself entirely to God and the elderly poor. As our aging population continues to grow and dignity at the end of life is increasingly threatened, Jeanne Jugan offers herself as a friend and patron of the elderly. She is a Saint for old age.
But she is more than that! Jeanne is a Saint for every age as she challenges young people to give themselves to God and neighbour. She is a role model for those who care for the poor, the sick and the aging. To those who feel anxious in these tough economic times, she offers an invitation to live the Beatitudes, trusting that God will provide. She challenges all of us to do everything through love. A friend of the poor — a Gospel witness for our time — a Saint for old age and every age!
Prayer to Saint Jeanne Jugan
Jesus, you rejoiced and praised your Father for having revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. We thank you for the graces granted to your humble servant, Saint Jeanne Jugan, to whom we confide our petitions and needs. (pause to voice your personal needs and intentions) Father of the poor, you have never refused the prayer of the lowly. We ask you, therefore, to hear the petitions that she presents to you on our behalf. Jesus, through Mary, your Mother and ours, we ask this of you, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
Saint Jeanne Jugan, Pray for us.