Vocations

"Be kind, especially with the infirm. Love them well ... Oh yes! Be kind. It is a great grace God is giving you. In serving the aged, it is He Himself whom you are serving."

This piece of advice was passed on to the novices by our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and we strive to follow her maternal counsel in all our dealings with the elderly.

To encounter Christ in prayer, to serve him in the poor with love—that is the life of a Little Sister of the Poor and the source of our joy!

With the recent canonization of our foundress and the ever-increasing population of older persons, our vocation is more relevant than ever. Saint Jeanne Jugan often said, "What happiness for us, to be a Little Sister of the Poor!" We feel the same way today and we’re eager to share our joy with you.

Steps you might take in discerning whether God is calling you to follow Saint Jeanne Jugan as a Little Sister of the Poor:

  • Arrange to visit us for Mass, or another moment of prayer, and a tour of our home.
  • Arrange to volunteer some of your time with the elderly in our home.
  • Attend one of our discernment retreats. Several are held at different locations around the country throughout the year.
  • Consider a service placement; click here for more details (PDF)

Check out our national website at www.littlesistersofthepoor.org to read more about our consecrated life and our mission of hospitality to the elderly poor.

Please contact Sr. Frances Catherine at vocrichmond@littlesistersofthepoor.org to help you in your vocation discernment.

"They are just wild roses, and you are still only a little wild rose too, but if you let yourself be well formed to religious life, you will become a beautiful rose of charity some day." – Saint Jeanne Jugan