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“I fell in love with the elderly,” a Little Sister’s vocation story

from The Catholic Standard, Washington, D.C. Like many 10th graders beginning their college search as high schoolers, Sister Constance Veit, who is now a Little Sister of the Poor, sought ways to boost her resume -- good grades, extra-curricular activities, and community service. “My family had a high premium on education,” she said. While searching for community service opportunities...
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Saint Jeanne Jugan, the universal sister

On October 11 we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the canonization of our mother, Jeanne Jugan. This Friday we celebrate her birthday, October 25, 1792. These photos show how our Little Sisters in Brittany marked the canonization anniversary… The people of Cancale took this anniversary to heart, mobilizing the mayor, scout troops and many other lovers of Saint Jeanne Jugan. At the chapel of ...
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Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life

For American Catholics, October is Respect Life Month and this year’s theme is Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life. In his letter introducing this theme Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, suggests that although attacks against human life seem to be growing more numerous and more callous by the day, “through our Christian hope in the Resurr...
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Vacationing with the Saints, a street fair in Washington

In Washington DC we closed the 150th anniversary year with an outdoor street fair in front of our home. The idea was actually born from a conversation between a Resident and a Little Sister on July 4th. Carl noted that July 4 was also the feast of St Elizabeth of Portugal, and then agreed with Sister that probably not too many people were focused on her that day, in the midst of their Independence...
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Learning to trust in Providence

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. For the past year we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150thanniversary of our Congregation’s arrival in the United States. Our sesquicentennial year will officially close on August 30, the feast day of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. This anniversary has been a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the experiences of our pioneering Little Sister...
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Let’s take a canoe ride together (young and old!)

Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. My fondest memories of summer are the times spent with my favorite aunt at her cottage nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. As a middle school teacher she had a gift for relating to kids in a way very different from parents, like a wise friend or a trusted confidant. My aunt patiently taught us how to knit and sew; she listened to our stories and nurtured our dreams a...
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Baltimore celebrates 150 years

On April 10th our Little Sisters celebrated the 150th anniversary of the beginning of our work in Baltimore. They were joined by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio and a native of Brittany, France, for a Mass in their newly renovated chapel. Enjoy the photo and the Archbishops homily! My dear friends in Christ, I am very happy to be with you to celebrate the 150thanniversary of t...
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The Spiritual Mother

As Mother's day approaches, Sister Constance Veit speaks about spiritual motherhood. To read the article by Catholic News Service's Chaz Muth, click here.
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We are all lost children, but God wants to welcome us home

Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. written for Catholic News Service   As a child I was an overachiever with a strong competitive streak. I couldn’t stand to lose at anything, not even Candy Land! By the time I entered religious life I had learned to curb the drive to be first in everything, at least outwardly, but I was still a diehard perfectionist — until trying to reach perfection through...
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World Day of the Sick celebrated in India

The World Day of the Sick was established by Pope John Paul II in 1992 to draw attention to the sick and their caregivers and highlight the redemptive value of human suffering. The day is celebrated according to a specific theme and in a different location each year on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. This year’s World Day of the Sick was celebrated in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta)...
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