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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 Notre Dame du Verger, where Jeanne and her mother often prayed, a group prayed and planted three new trees.

The next day local children went on a field trip to Jeanne Jugan’s birthplace to learn about her life. In the evening the parish showed a movie of the canonization and two Little Sisters spoke about its relevance today.

Then on Sunday Archbishop Pierre d’Ornellas celebrated a Mass animated by lots of children. The local Brownie troop has taken Jeanne Jugan as their patroness!

One of the Little Sisters reflected: “Saint Jeanne Jugan is capable of helping and enlightening every person in all times and situations; she is for everyone, the universal Sister, the Saint who teaches people to love God and the poor in an evangelical way.”

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