AJJ Promises To Serve Jesus In The Elderly
The Association Jeanne Jugan (AJJ) made their annual promises April 30 at a joyous Mass. The current associates – 20 women – together promised to serve Jesus “in the elderly with joy and love, by following the example of humility and confidence left to us by Jeanne Jugan.” As a Catholic lay organization, the AJJ provides individuals with an opportunity to share in the spirituality of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Associates function as an extension of the sisters’ work, they help to spread the charism of our Mother Foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, as active partners in our Home. “It’s such a joy to see their smiling faces around the home again,” said Mother Margaret Regina, “now that Covid restrictions are lifting. The work of the AJJ is important, and we depend on them for so many things!”
Associates serve as lectors and Eucharistic ministers, help with household tasks and meal service, and even host special activities in the Café for Residents like bingo. Often, they accompany and transport residents to their appointments out of the Home. “The Spirit of Saint Jeanne Jugan, our Foundress, is to bring joy to the Residents,” shared Sr. Dorothy, “and this is what the AJJ strives to do, each according to their time and gifts.” While there are many ways AJJ associates can spend time spreading the charism of St. Jeanne Jugan, their main goal is to help the Sisters by making the elderly happy!
“We typically get to know potential AJJ associates when they volunteer in the home,” sister said. Such is the case with Annie Moore, a long-time volunteer in our home. Annie helps the development team by processing donations and assists the activities team by serving refreshments and spending one on one time with specific residents. Annie will formalize her membership in the AJJ next May, after completing a one-year formation program.
“We are so very grateful for the continued support of our Association Jeanne Jugan,” said Mother Margaret Regina, “and the dedication of our staff and volunteers who help us to fulfill our mission of providing loving care to our Residents.”