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St. Jeanne Jugan

Feast Days: 
August 30
Time Period: 
1792-1879
Place: 
France
Patronage: 
Elderly
Summary: 


Jeanne and two roommates began taking inpoor, elderly women and caring for them in their
apartment. Eventually they drew more people to
them who wanted to share the poverty and distress
of those they helped and to alleviate their plight.
For support, Jeanne devoted herself to begging.
Her sincere love of the poor, peaceful temperament,
simplicity and humility secured several wealthy
benefactors and many friends.
Through deceitful actions, Jeanne was removed
as Superior of the Order and out of obedience she
never dispelled the falsehood. Eleven years after her
death the truth became known .From then on Jeanne
Jugan would be called “Founder of the Little Sisters
of the Poor”

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