“We must do all through love.” St. Jeanne Jugan
Charlotte Homes is well known at our Home for the beautiful crosses that she lovingly hand makes and gives as gifts to many Residents and Little Sisters. In fact, Charlotte’s crosses are so popular that she currently has about 13 cross requests to work on! Each cross takes about a day and a half of steady work to make. She tries to make each one unique with special details for the person receiving it.
A few years ago at Christmas, Charlotte made some crosses as gifts for her friends at her dinner table. Sr. Mary William saw how beautiful the crosses were and requested one and, before you knew it, everyone wanted one of Charlotte’s beautiful crosses for themselves and their loved ones.
One of the most remarkable things about these crosses is how they have dispersed throughout the country and the world. Charlotte often gives her crosses as gifts to the Sisters when they are traveling. Her crosses have been brought all over the United States including California, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan. But the expansion of the crosses does not stop there. These works of art can also be found outside of the United States in Rome, Canada, Mexico, Prague, Puerto Rico, and Australia.
It is amazing how Charlotte’s talent has been able to touch so many people. From her room at St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, she has been able to send a symbol of Jeanne Jugan’s love all over the world!