Our Begging Tradition

Tradition of Begging …the Gifts of Providence
Each day, our dear foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, would take her begging basket and make her rounds to the local merchants. Her daily sojourns through the streets of her home in Saint Servan, France, were for one purpose: to beg for food, clothing, and other provisions for the elderly poor Residents she had invited into her home.
What Saint Jeanne Jugan initiated in 1839 continues today. In each of our 205 homes throughout 32 countries, the Little Sisters of the Poor designate a “Collecting Sister” to seek donations from local merchants. The only difference today is that the ‘begging basket’ has been replaced with a ‘begging van.’
Here at Mullen Home, Sister Mary Emilie is the designated Collecting Sister. In all her years of ‘collecting’ she has seen the “kindness of strangers” at work and has felt the presence of Saint Jeanne Jugan in each of these unselfish donations.

Please see our wish list page for items that we are always needing to supplement our Residents’ needs such as personal care products, soft drinks, and gift cards.

“God’s Fatherly Providence is never-ending and we are so very blessed in every way. We are always in need and welcome whatever donations are sent our way.”
- Sister Mary Emilie, Sister Collecting at Mullen Home
If you would like to donate goods or services, please call us at 303-433-7221 or email Sister Mary Emilie at cldenver@littlesistersofthepoor.org