Bringing a saint to life

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During the last two years since the very first performance at the Palladium, the stage has welcomed the famous and talented.  But never before has the Palladium stage featured a Saint.

That will all change on the evening of Oct. 11.  On this night, The Little Sisters of the Poor will throw open the doors of the Palladium and welcome anyone who would  help them celebrate the third anniversary of the canonization by Pope John Paul II of their Foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan.  The Little Sisters of the Poor have been humbly serving Indianapolis since 1873.  They operate St. Augustines Home for the Aged on West 86th Street with a population of 100 residents.

Mother Mary Vincent, along with a tireless group of dedicated, humble and holy Sisters, provide a dignified home to the elderly poor.  If you have not yet experienced the love and compassion found within the walls of St. Augustine, you should make an effort to schedule a visit soon.  There you will see a nursing home facility unlike any other.  It is like “heaven before heaven.”

The special evening of the 11th kicks off at 7:00 pm and will bring the humble Saint to life.  St. Jean Jugan, a modest 19th century peasant woman who lived in France is known for sharing what little she had with others.  Her story includes a deep desire to provide joy and comfort to the forgotten ones existing in her midst at the time.  The Order she founded operates pristine homes around the world for aging individuals who have nowhere else to turn.  St. Jugan’s life will be told through spoken word and music.  Rex Rund will lead the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Choir performing original works.  The featured speaker for the evening will be Dr. Edward Gatz from Nebraska.  He will share his story of miraculous healing from cancer through the intercession of St. Jeanne Jugan.

Entry to the Palladium will not require a ticket, but a free will offering will be taken.  The Little Sisters of the Poor are excited to share its story and honor a giant of a lady whose good works of charity continue to provide food and shelter centuries later right here in Indianapolis.  For more information www.littlesistersofthepoorindianapolis.org


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