At 2pm on 3rd January 1862 Mother Pauline and six little Sisters of the Poor arrived in Manchester.
They made a home at 33-37 Higher Ardwick and seven weeks later they, and the 27 old women and 7 old men they looked after filled all the space in the house. The house, it is said, was as poor as the stable at Bethlehem.
One hundred and fifty years later in the current Little Sisters of the Poor home for the elderly on Plymouth Grove, on the edge of St Chrysostom’s parish, people gathered for a Mass to celebrate the inspiring work of the sisters among the poor and elderly over 150 years. The concelebrated mass was presided over by Canon Anthony Kay, Vicar General of the Diocese of Salford, who also preached. Residents of the home, mingled with visitors and friends, the Lord Mayor was present and St Chrysostom’s was represented too.
The spirituality of the sisters and their founder Saint Jeanne Jugan was almost tangible in the Mass. The little sisters gentle self sacrificial hard work combined with regular prayer, faithfully true to their foundation, is an inspiration to all.
“We must always say:
Blessed be God. Thank you my God. Glory be to God.” St Jeanne Jugan 1798-1879