You may never have heard of Jeanne Jugan but you will probably heard of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Jeanne Jugan founded this Congregation of Religious Sisters whose apostolate it is to look after and care for the elderly infirm. On the 11th of October Pope Benedict canonised Jeanne Jugan together with four others.
She has been recognised as a saint of the Church not only for the magnificent Congregation that she founded to look after the aged, but also because miracles have been atributed to her intercession.
On Sunday November 1st (All Saint's Day) a celebration Mass was held in St. Clare's to mark the canonisation of St Jeanne Jugan. It was lead by Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster.
The Little Sisters whose convent and home is on Garstang Road, were out in force, as were many of their residents and very many volunteers, benefactors and supporters. The Bishop, supported by ten priests and some deacons spoke of Jeanne Jugan's mission and apostolate and thanked the Sisters for their work in the diocese.
Following the Mass a reception was held in St. Clare's Parish Hall.
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