On March 9th the students of Mary of Nazareth School learned about St. Jeanne Jugan as part of Vocations Awareness Week. Sister Christian, as well as a postulant and volunteer both named Meghan, visited the school. The students listened with rapt attention while Sr. Christian explained how Jeanne Jugan carried a paralyzed woman up a flight of stairs and then gave up her own bed so that the woman would have shelter and a place to sleep. This act of compassion led to the formation of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The students recognized that God can take a small act of kindness and turn it into something great. They were intrigued by the miraculous cures that occurred through the intercession of Jeanne Jugan that lead to her canonization.
Sr. Christian showed a video that introduced the students to the daily life and ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor. They thought it was “cool” how the sisters and residents played video bowling. The students were also amazed that the sisters could play volleyball dressed in a habit! Some students wished that they could have a little statue of St. Joseph to carry in their pocket as all the Little Sisters of the Poor do. They learned that while prayer is an important part of each day, the Little Sisters of the Poor bring God into all aspects of their life, including work and play.