Our Begging Tradition

History of Begging

Our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, set before us a humble and charitable mission of begging for the needs of our elderly Residents. In 19th century France, poverty was extreme. Providing basic sustenance was a work of grace for Saint Jeanne Jugan. She was recognized by the begging basket she carried as she traveled the roads of France on foot seeking alms for the elderly in her care. Knocking on doors, she asked for money, but also for gifts in kind: food, clothing, wood, wool, or whatever was needed for the Home.

Begging Still Today

Like Saint Jeanne Jugan, we believe that if we are faithful to our mission of caring for the poor, God will provide. In lieu of a basket, today we have a “begging van." We go daily to the markets and places of business seeking food and commodities to offset operating expenses. We also appeal in Catholic parishes throughout the Commonwealth as a way to build friendships.

Relying on Divine Providence

Since we do not have any endowment or investment funds, the Little Sisters of the Poor rely on God’s Providence to make ends meet. We recognize that our benefactors are indispensable partners in our mission, and we pray for them every day.

Please contact our Collecting Sister, Sr. Frances Catherine at (804) 248-0101 or colrichmond@littlesistersofthepoor.org if you are able to help. She will be happy to further introduce you to our mission and the many ways you can share in it.

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“We’ll ring in God’s name and God will bless us!" – Saint Jeanne Jugan