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Let’s get creative in honoring our elders!

Sr Constance Veit, lsp As a Little Sister I don’t usually follow pop culture trends, but something in the music world recently caught my attention. Last May the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s largest music competition, was crowned. Ukraine triumphed over forty other countries with a unique song combining rap, hip-hop and traditional folk music. It was wonderful to...
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Soldier, Sister, Centenarian!

Little Sister of the Poor who died at the age of 102 was a heroine of D-Day The quiet religious sister was an American soldier during the Second World War and participated in the 1944 Normandy landings. The daily life of the Little Sisters of the Poor —“poor among the poor” as their foundress Jeanne Jugan used to say—is focused on serving others, all with the greatest discretion. And these...
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Ukrainian Easter eggs and the wisdom of elders

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. Many years ago I watched an older woman making Ukrainian Easter eggs at an international crafts fair. The complex process, intricate patterns and bright colors fascinated me, so I purchased a kit and spent my Lent that year trying to master the traditional art of “Pysanky,” as the eggs are called. I learned that Pysanky symbolize Christ’s resurrection, hope, new ...
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From the heart: Couple rooted in faith and love celebrates 70 years of marriage

By Sean Gallagher Faith and the mutual love that God poured into the hearts of Carl and Patty Lentz have been the driving force behind their 70 years of marriage. The couple, both now 91, experienced the depth of their commitment days after their wedding on Feb. 9, 1952, at St. Mary Church in Anderson, Ind., in the Lafayette Diocese. Carl, who was in the U.S. Air Force at the time, had to r...
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A note to young people: Our elders need you!

By Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. Since the beginning of the pandemic I’ve been praying the rosary with our Residents everyday. Lately I’ve been aware of how much I’ve grown to appreciate one of the joyful mysteries — I sometimes find myself lingering in the Temple with Mary and Joseph as they present their infant Son to the Lord. In his homily for this year’s feast of the Presentation on Februar...
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Remember caregivers on World Day of the Sick

Soon after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Pope Saint John Paul II initiated the celebration of World Day of the Sick to show solidarity with the ill and their caregivers, and to encourage the faithful to pray for them. Thirty years later we still celebrate this special day each year on February 11th. In preparation for the annual World Day of the Sick, the pope publishes a message s...
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New York, New York!

On December 13 Mother General Maria and her companion traveled by car to New York, arriving at Queen of Peace residence in the early evening. After a good night's rest they were swept up in the enthusiastic celebrations of the next day, all in their honor. (Click on any photo to enlarge).
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In our Nation’s Capital, for a day!

On Thursday, December 9 Mother general Maria and Mother Assistant Joseph Christine spent the day at Jeanne Jugan Residence, Washington, D.C. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio and a good friend of the Congregation, celebrated Mass for us, happy to share memories of his years as nuncio in Mexico on the feast of St. Juan Diego. Mother Maria was in awe to meet so many Residents and staff ...
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And it’s on to Baltimore!

On a strangely balmy December day (Dec. 6), Mother General Maria and Mother Assistant Joseph Christine flew from Chicago to Baltimore to begin the second stage of their USA visit. They arrived after sunset, but received a welcome no less enthusiastic than in our sister homes in Chicagoland.
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