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Religious Freedom Week: Serving others in God’s love

The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to be held annually June 22–29. The observance is a bit shorter, but no less important. This year’s theme is Serving Others in God’s Love. With our Supreme Court lawsuit over the HHS Contraceptive Mandate, we Li...
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Jeanne Jugan Puerto Rican Day parade

Several Residents and staff members at our home in the Bronx are Puerto Rican so last Sunday some family members organized an indoor parade to coincide with Manhattan's annual Puerto Rican Day event. With Puerto Rican food, cultural videos and the parade everyone had a great time!      
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Emotional Reunion

                Click here to view Raymond's emotional reunion with the Little Sister he worked with as a teenager. His letter: My relationship with the Little Sisters of the Poor dates back to my early teenage years when I had the wonderful opportunity to serve the Brooklyn aging community as a kitchen support staff at th...
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Apostolic Nuncio, friend of Saint Jeanne Jugan

Apostolic Nuncio: ‘St. Jeanne Jugan’s Charism Carries on Today’ The Little Sisters of the Poor are esteemed by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who hails from the same village as the order’s foundress. Robert Brennan SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Many Americans are only aware of the Little Sisters of the Poor because of the religious order’s fight against government-mandated contraception. But this Au...
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The soul of man is the candle of God

On Thursday, May 24, a group of us were honored to attend the annual Becket Fund Canterbury Medal Gala in New York city. Through the Canterbury Medal, which is Becket's highest honor, each year Becket recognizes an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. This year Becket awarded the Medal to Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Orth...
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Congratulations to a Resident Novelist!

Margaret Nogan has filled several roles in her life: small-town girl, Women’s Army Corps member, world traveler, wife, mother, real estate agent, amateur poet and grandmother. She’s writing a new chapter of her story at 91 years old, starting with the publication of her first novel, romance-thriller “Stranger in My World.” The novel follows New York City reporter Linda O’Connor, wh...
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Preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday

I pray that you are experiencing the joy and hope of Easter! For Saint Jeanne Jugan the Cross was part of daily life. The Breton countryside was dotted with roadside Calvaries, and she often stopped to pray at these simple shrines during her begging rounds. I’ve shared how she made the Stations of the Cross every day, telling the novices who accompanied her that “We are grafted into the ...
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Lenten Series Week 5: Our Common Response to Suffering

Suffering should draw us together. Today I will reflect on what Saint John Paul II referred to as suffering’s challenge to communion and solidarity. This theme has great relevance to end of life care, and to current debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia. Let me begin with a story. Nearly 20 years ago, a Little Sister and I had the privilege of interviewing Helen Alvaré, a true giant in...
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Mary of the Cross: Lent Week 3

Week 3 video text I’d like to begin with a testimony from one of our elderly Residents. Mary reminds me of the prophetess Anna; for as long as she was able she used to walk down the street with her walker and spend hours in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Now in a wheelchair, she is content to spend long moments of prayer in our chapel. I told her that I was preparing so...
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Mary of the Cross: Lent Week 2

Week 2 video text Last week I introduced our theme, “Mary of the Cross, accompanying those who suffer.” Our goal is to become enlightened bearers of the cross in our own lives and compassionate sharers in the sufferings of others. In light of the Little Sisters’ apostolate with the elderly, I would like to concentrate on the suffering associated with illness and disability. Throughout thi...
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