Religious Vocations

Diocese of Cleveland

Little Sisters of the Poor

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Little Sisters of the Poor were founded in Brittany, France in 1839. They arrived in Cleveland in 1870 establishing a Home for the elderly poor.

Foundress – Saint Jeanne Jugan, one of the Church’s newest saints (canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009).

Charism – Continuing the work of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. Saint Jeanne Jugan envisioned creating a family where the Little Sisters, the elderly and many people of good will share a common spirit of charity and compassion. This sense of solidarity has become a hallmark of our charism.

Motto – The words of Saint Jeanne Jugan are our inspiration as we spend our lives in humble service: “Making the elderly happy, that is what counts…Never forget that the poor are Our Lord; it is Jesus whom you care for in them.”

Ministry – As  Little Sisters of the Poor, we live the Beatitudes by spending our lives in humble service to the aged poor around the world, with whom we become one family.

Locations – We have Homes in 31 countries worldwide, including Africa, Asia, South America and Australia. We have 28 Homes in the United States including Cleveland, Oregon, (east of Toledo) and Cincinnati in Ohio. Our directory of Homes in the US can be found on our website under “Directory of Home”.

In addition to the three traditional vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, we make a fourth vow of hospitality, through which we give quiet witness to the dignity of every human life until the very end. We recognize that the Church as given us a mandate to make the elderly happy and to communicate the concern, kindness and affection that God has for his eldest children. It gives a spiritual value to the many humble tasks of hospitality performed throughout the day, and enables us to communicate to our elderly Residents God’s compassion and merciful love. Our consecrated life is lived in the heart of the Church as a public witness of God’s Divine Providence and the compassionate and merciful love of the heart of Christ.

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