Today, the Little Sisters of the Poor lead their lives in a way that continues the initial gesture of Jeanne
They welcome, comfort, care for and accompany, until the end of their
lives, the elderly whom God has placed on their path. They accomplish
this with great respect for life, their family, their convictions, in
collaboration with paid personnel, the members of the Association Jeanne
Jugan and volunteers.
They do this in response to the call of Christ who consecrates them
in his love through the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality
for the joyful service of the elderly, within international fraternal
The commitment of the Little Sisters is founded on and nourished by
the spirit of the beatitudes. They strive to live it in humility, simplicity,
unconditional confidence in the goodness of God, which is expressed –
like in the beginnings – by fidelity to the collecting, since God
has confided each one to the love of all.
The Congregation, which is missionary, sees in the expansion of its
apostolate to the ends of the earth a grace of renewal and a source of