Little Sisters of the Poor – Chicago Province
Main Number: 224-595-8419
80 West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067-3582
We are an international congregation founded in France in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, we serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world.
Our mission is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. This mission, which is sealed by our fourth vow of hospitality, is a witness to the Gospel of Life and a sign of the compassion and merciful love of God for his eldest children.
Continuing the charism of Saint Jeanne Jugan, we strive to live the beatitudes in littleness, joy, and trust in God’s Providence. Our spiritual life is centered on Jesus present in the Eucharist and in his Word. We take Mary as our mother, our model, our joy, and our protection, and turn to St. Joseph as a spiritual father and guide.
We encourage single, Catholic women aged 18 to 40, who love the poor and seek a life of prayer, fraternal sharing, and hidden, humble service to consider if God could be calling them to join us as a Little Sister of the Poor.