by Cindy DeLuca
The Little Sisters of the Poor and our Vision of Hospitality for the Elderly was the theme for St. Jeanne Jugan’s Feast Day at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Palatine. Our day began with the celebration of the Liturgy followed by a spectacular dinner.
In the afternoon the Residents gathered in our “Bistro” Auditorium. Our first entertainer was a volunteer who authored and performed a reading about the Strength of St. Jeanne Jugan. St. Jeanne Jugan encountered numerous obstacles, not only growing up during the time of Napoleon who tried to eliminate the Catholic Church, but also within her community. No matter what, Jeanne Jugan always remained faithful to God.
Throughout the afternoon the Residents, staff, and volunteers viewed displays which had posters, pictures, and items that outlined Jeanne Jugan’s legacy of hospitality carried out in the homes of the Little Sisters. Through the deep faith and loving heart of St. Jeanne Jugan, The Little Sisters’ homes take a holistic approach to care, have a family spirit, a welcoming atmosphere, make the aged happy through meaningful activities, and accompany residents on their final journey to the Father.
As the Residents enjoyed coffee and petit fours, served by the Sisters, they were entertained by a strolling violinist. The Residents made their requests known, and the violinist was able to grant every wish.
Residents and staff were able to celebrate and yet gain a deeper understanding of the charism of St. Jeanne Jugan and her Sisters who serve Jesus in the elderly poor.
Top: Strolling Violinist Tony Kalikowski serenades Anita Genovese.
Bottom: Residents Betty Pfad (left), Margaret Cahill (front right) and Penny Yarwood (back) admire Margaret’s handmade quilts, and other Resident’s handiwork that were on display.