from the Catholic Standard
Cardinal Wilton Gregory celebrated a Mass on Aug. 14, 2021 to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Washington, D.C., of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order whose service to the elderly poor in the nation’s capital began just after the Civil War and continues in the digital age.
“Arriving here in the United States 150 years ago from France, most had to learn English and American customs and ways,” Cardinal Gregory said in his homily during the Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Little Sisters’ Jeanne Jugan Residence in Northeast Washington. “They arrived soon after the Civil War and found hundreds if not thousands of neglected poor people in the Washington area. They went right to work and quite successfully to become sisters of these forgotten individuals. They continue to do so 150 years later.”