On Wednesday, August 24, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced that they are withdrawing from their ministry of caring for the elderly poor in the Archdiocese of St. Louis after 147 years of service.
The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations to effectively staff the residence in north St. Louis, in the spirit of the community’s foundress St. Jeanne Jugan. Over the last century and a half the sisters have provided valuable care and love to those in need of their services.
In a letter to priests, Archbishop Robert Carlson lamented their departure, and reflected on the good they have brought to the Archdiocese.
“This sacrifice will be keenly felt by countless people in our community, beginning with the residents, their families, and devoted lay collaborators,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson wrote. “The Little Sisters of the Poor here in St. Louis have, for nearly 150 years, lived their order’s mission, offering the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself.”
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