- The Washington Times - Friday, November 20, 2009

It’s that time of year again. The Little Sisters of the Poor will hold their annual bazaar on Saturday at their home for more than 100 elderly in Northeast Washington. The Association Jeanne Jugan, residents, sisters and postulants are busy setting up tables, baking goodies and making unique gift baskets.

This has been a very special time for the congregation as the sisters celebrated the canonization of their founder, Jeanne Jugan, on Oct. 11 in Rome.

I was fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage to Rome. It was something I had been looking forward to doing for more than 10 years, along with hearing the words of Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope said: “May Saint Jeanne Jugan be for the elderly a living source of hope and for the persons so generously placing themselves at their service a powerful stimulus to pursue and develop her work!”

I had the privilege of meeting Little Sisters, elderly residents, benefactors and other Association Jeanne Jugan members from all around the world. Our pilgrimage included visits to some of the magnificent churches of Rome and many of the historic sites. We ended the pilgrimage with a visit to the beautiful Little Sister residence in Rome, from whose roof we were given a most incredible view of the city.

With the proceeds of a Trash to Treasure sale held in August, I was able to bring home some special gifts for every one of the wonderful residents and even a little something for the devoted staff who help the sisters care for them.

I feel privileged to have been able to attend and to help the sisters in Washington as they follow the footsteps of St. Jeanne Jugan by taking in and caring for our elderly. Supporting the bazaar is one way of helping them and enjoying yourself. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence at 4200 Harwood Rd NE.

• Rose Joann Seeger is a writer living in Montgomery County.

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