Association Jeanne Jugan is a powerful representation of how the charism of St. Jeanne Jugan unites generations through their love and service to the elderly.
Saint Jeanne Jugan envisioned hospitality as a humble, fraternal service uniting in one family those who wish to serve Christ in the person of the elderly. Established and approved by the Vatican in 1998, the Association Jeanne Jugan (AJJ) follows the path of “newness and hope” encouraged by Pope John Paul II. Today AJJ has more than 2,000 members worldwide.
JoAnn Zurlinden, a founding member of St. Paul’s Home AJJ, recalls attending an informational meeting for the newly approved organization 15 years ago.
The meeting was attended by Sisters, friends and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and experiences – but all with a shared compassion for the elderly. JoAnn recalls, “There were just three of us in the beginning. We didn’t know what it would become – we just did it.”
Jessica Herron recently began the year of spiritual preparation required to become a member of AJJ. The year includes an in-depth study of the spirituality of St. Jeanne Jugan and active participation in the mission of Hospitality.
Jessica explains, “Being a part of the AJJ gives me the chance to unite in a deeper way with the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
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