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Postage Stamp on St. Jeanne Jugan Released

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BANGALORE, Karnataka, Oct. 30 (SAR News): Karnataka state governor, H.R. Bhardwaj, released a postage stamp in honour of Catholic saint Jeanne Jugan, the founderess of the Little Sisters of the Poor congregation, October 29 here. Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, chief postmaster general of Karnataka Circle, M.P. Rajan, state legislators, N.A. Harris and B. Chidananda, were present at the stamp release function held at an Old Age Home run by the nuns at Richmond Town. The stamp, marking the canonisation and the 130th death anniversary of St. Jeanne Jugan, has the facade of the old age home in the background, besides a portrait of the saint. Speaking at the function, Bhardwaj said the Little Sisters of the Poor came to India in Kolkata where their first home for the aged was opened 127 years ago. In 1900, the Little Sisters came to Bangalore. Recalling the life and service of Jugan, the governor said she was a “saint of hope for the aged poor”. “One hundred and seventy years after taking care of a poor, abandoned elderly woman, the congregation founded by St. Jugan now has 2,700 sisters caring for more than 13,000 needy elders in 202 family-like homes in 32 countries,” he said. He said the stamp was a way of honouring Jugan for her sacrifice and her legacy of service to the elderly poor. St. Jugan was born in northern France during the French Revolution -— a time when congregations of women and men religious were suppressed by the national government. At the age of 15 or 16, Jugan became a kitchen maid for a family that not only cared for its own members, but also served poor, elderly people nearby. Ten years later, Jugan became a nurse at the hospital in Le Rosais. Soon thereafter, she joined a third order group founded by St. John Eudes (August 19). After six years, she became a servant and friend of a woman she met through the third order. They prayed, visited the poor and taught catechism to children. After her friend’s death, Jugan and two other women continued a similar life in the city of Saint-Sevran. In 1839, they brought in their first permanent guest. They began an association, received more members and more guests. Mother Marie of the Cross, as Jugan was known, founded six more houses for the elderly by the end of 1849, all staffed by members of her association—the Little Sisters of the Poor. By 1853, the association numbered 500 and had houses as far away as England. Pope Leo XIII gave her final approval to the community’s constitutions in 1879. Jeanne died later that same year on August 30. Her cause was introduced in Rome in 1970, and she was beatified in 1982 and canonised in 2009.

 
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