On October 20, 2014, Sr. Jeanne of Ste. Chantal celebrated 50 years of being a Little Sister of the Poor. When a Sister reaches this milestone we hold a Golden Jubilee celebration in their honor.
Friends of Sr. Jeanne traveled in for the day including Mother Provincial Loraine Marie Clare from Baltimore, Little Sisters from homes in Ohio and adjoining states, as well as Sr. Jeanne’s brother Larry from Indianapolis and Sister Pearl from Cleveland.
All were joined by Residents and volunteers for a special meal prepared and served at St. Paul’s Home, decorated in gold for the occasion. Sr. Jeanne said of the event, “Everything was magnificent. I am very grateful. I never expected so much. I couldn’t believe all that was done.”
Following the meal, all gathered for a play about St. Jeanne Jugan’s life written by a Little Sister. Many Residents, staff and volunteers worked for months in preparation following the direction of Sr. Mary John. She also included important musicians Ted Wartman and Jeannine Hong who composed songs about our foundress St. Jeanne Jugan.
When it all came together for the final performance you could feel St. Jeanne Jugan’s presence in the room. Sr. Jeanne says her favorite part of the play was when the Residents and Sisters held hands as Jeannine sang “If these walls could talk.”
“It was beautiful. You know, I have always been happy as a Little Sister, no matter which home I have been in. St. Jeanne Jugan being my inspiration.”