Senior Saints Trivia (answers)

1. St Bernadette

2. St Augustine

3. 99

4. 120

5. St Catherine of Siena

6. He was rendered mute

7. St Frances Xavier Cabrini

8. St John

9. bakers

10. Jewish

Bonus: "God who establishes," or "he who prepares"

Feast of Sts Joachim and Anne














Today is the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin and grandparents of Jesus. At. Anne is the patroness of Brittany, the region of France where Saint Jeanne Jugan was born. Our novitiate in Queens Village, NY is named after St Ann and so is our home in San Francisco.

Have a bit of fun with these senior saint trivia questions (you can find all the answers online, or come back to visit tomorrow)!

Senior Saints Trivia

Today we celebrate the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Joachim and Anne are not the only saints who made a difference in their old age. There are many older married saints, widows and widowers among the saints, as we shall see…

1. Joachim and Anne are considered patrons of the elderly, but there are other saints who are identified with the elderly. Which of the following is NOT considered a patron for older persons?

 St Monica                                           St Anthony of Padua

St Jeanne Jugan                                 St Bernadette


2. Until she was an old woman St. Monica prayed for the conversion of her son, who went on to become a saint. Who was her son?


3. How old was Abraham when he became the “father of many nations”?


4. How old was Moses when he died?


5. St. Macrina was a grandmother and 3 of her grandchildren became saints. Which of the following was NOT her grandchild?

                        St. Basil                                          St. Gregory of Nyssa

                        St. Catherine of Siena                       St. Macrina the Younger


6. What happened to the elderly Zechariah when he doubted that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a child?


7. Which of these saints was NOT a widow?

                        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton                    St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

                        St. Frances of Rome                           St. Elizabeth of Hungary


8. All of Christ’s disciples except one are believed to have died as martyrs. Only one survived into old age. Which one?


9. St. Anne is the patroness of all BUT one of the following. Which one?

                        Quebec and Brittany                                    grandparents

                        bakers                                                       women in labor        


10. What religion were Joachim and Anne?



What does the name Joachim mean?



Happy 80th Jubilee!

On June 20th Sr Marie Mathilde de la Croix, a Little Sister in our community in Washington, D.C., celebrated 80 years of religious profession.  From Mother General we learned that Sr Marie Mathilde is the only Little Sister in our entire congregation with so many years of vows! At 101 years of age, Sister is still quite active, attending daily Mass, participating in community life and always greeting the Residents and staff with a smile.

Sr Marie Mathilde was born into a large, very Catholic family near Bogota, Colombia. She left her native land as a young Sister and has spent almost her whole religious life in the United States. Asked the secret of her long life, Sister Marie Mathilde invariably replies that God has been very good to her. Still young at heart, it is a joy and honor to have her with us!






























Celebrating Martyrs of the French Revolution

Although it is not on the calendar of the Universal Church, today is the feast day of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne. One could wonder what these 16 holy women have to do with the Little Sisters of the Poor, but it becomes clear if we recall the background of our foundress. Saint Jeanne Jugan was born in 1792; she was, therefore, a toddler when the 16 Carmelites from Compiegne, in nearby Normandy, made the sacrifice of their lives for the restoration of peace and order to France. They made this vow at the height of the Great Terror, a particularly violent stage of the French Revolution. They did not die in vain, since the guillotines ceased their terrible slaughter of innocent people ten days after their death.

On his blog, Father Steve Grunow points out the relevance of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne to our current situation as Catholics in our society: "The execution of the Carmelite Sisters of Compiegne is a sign that manifests the necessity of religious freedom as a privileged foundational principle to insure a just social order. It likely became utterly clear to the people of France that a government that would execute 16 nuns for daring to assert that their unique way of life transcended the power of the state to rule and regulate would likely kill anyone. No one would ever be safe. 

"There are forces in our culture and in our world that even right now are pushing with ever greater force against the principle of religious freedom. 

"We owe it to the memory of the 16 Martyrs of Compiegne to resist these forces, and to resist with the same weapons of the Holy Spirit that they employed and that ultimately brought them victory."


Where Has My Master Gone?

On this last day of the Easter season we share a poem written by Nita Mullins, a Resident of Jeanne Jugan Residence, Washington, D.C.












Where Has My Master Gone?

Once on a cold dark winter’s night, a star gave forth a heavenly light.

To tell us a sweet child’s birth, which was destined to change our life on earth!

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


At the age of twelve a teacher he, only a child, yet could this be?

The elders sat with ne’er a sound, to hear his words, which did astound.

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


Twelve men chosen from different lots, which helps to thicken up the plot.

Teaching them both night and day to help them along life’s narrow way.

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


Then by the multitudes they cam, to hear what this young man proclaimed.

The poor, the meek, the pure of heart, each came to know they had a part.

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


T’was another dark and lonely night, filled with sorrow, pain and fright;

When with a kiss a man did say, he claims he’s thre Son of God, take him away!

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


Then on a cross, between two thieves, his body so wracked with pain it heaves!

He gave his life for us to know the greater one he could bestow!

Can you tell me where my Master’s gone and why I have to wait so long?


And on Easter morn, all bright with dew; he came forth from the tomb

               with a heavenly glow;

Removing all doubt for all to see, a blessing of Love eternally.

So now I know where my Master has gone, and why I had to wait so long.