MOBILE – “Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!” Thus exclaims Pope Francis, who is himself a consecrated religious. As the church prepares to open the Year of Consecrated Life on Nov. 29, which our Holy Father has proclaimed, the Little
Sisters of the Poor are inviting single women 17 to 34 to discover this joy through a vocation discernment retreat where they may explore the consecrated religious life, the specific vocation of a Little Sister of the Poor, and the awesome future to which Our Lord is calling each one as she journeys with him.
The retreat will be held from Friday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. to Sunday Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Residence, 1655 McGill Avenue in Mobile. It will include Mass, talks, service opportunities, Eucharistic adoration, reconciliation, time with the Little Sisters, vocation stories, a question and answer session and opportunities for one-to-one vocation accompaniment with a Little Sister for those who desire it.
The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, they serve the elderly poor in more than 30 countries around the world.
Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, the Little Sister’s mission is to offer 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.
The Little Sister’s vision is to contribute to the culture of life by nurturing communities where each person is valued, the solidarity of the human family and the wisdom of age are celebrated, and the compassionate love of Christ is shared with all.
There is no cost for the retreat, but early registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, contact Sister Carolyn, LSP, by Nov. 11 at email@example.com or 251-591-3700.