Little did they know when they arrived at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver for a Spring break mission trip, but these students from Creighton University already had a special connection with us—It was at their University in Omaha, Nebraska where former faculty member Fr. Richard McGloin, S.J. had told Dr. and Mrs. Edward Gatz (Creighton alums and personal friends) about Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and had encouraged the couple to pray to her for the cure of Dr. Gatz’ advanced terminal cancer. They did indeed pray to her, and the rest is history—a miraculous cure that led to Jeanne Jugan’s canonization as a saint.
Now serving among the Residents at St. Jeanne Jugan’s hospitaller family in Denver, these generous Creighton students gave not only their wholehearted service, but also the gifts of respectful attention and friendship. The Little Sisters sang a song about St. Jeanne Jugan for the Residents and students, so that all could come to know her better. Reflecting our Mother Foundress’ own spirit of joyful self-giving, these young people truly delighted our Residents. Please enjoy this reflection which the students shared with us before their departure:
“Today our group from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska had the unique and remarkable experience of serving for a few hours at the Little Sisters of the Poor Mullen Home. We could not have been more overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by our simple presence. The relationships that exist between the Residents, Sisters and the staff are filled with a mutual respect that is a reflection of the mission of Christ in our world. The feeling of making a genuine connection with a member of this population provides a fresh insight into what a community can be when individuals utilize their talents for the good of others. We will not forget our time with this incredible group and will cherish the memories and friendships we have made.”
Melissa List and Alex Zimmerman
Coordinators – Denver Service Trip