Welcome, Mother General! All of us connected with St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly–the Little Sisters of the Poor who administer the Home, our Residents, the Staff and Volunteers, and all the Friends who support us so loyally–look forward to welcoming Mother General Celine de la Visitation, lsp, when she visits us in Totowa.
The official welcome will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26th at 3 P.M. when The Residents, Staff, Volunteers, Friends and Benefactors of the Home will have an opportunity to welcome Mother General. Individual Sisters and staff members also hope to greet Mother General during her visit, part of a tour of the Sisters’ Brooklyn Province that begins in September and extends into October. St. Joseph’s is one of two New Jersey Homes she will visit; the other is in Flemington. Other stops during her visit include Homes in Queens, Bronx and Latham, N.Y.; Enfield, Conn.; Pawtucket, R.I.; Boston, Mass.; Philadelphia and Scranton, Pa., and Montreal, Quebec.
Mother Celine, a native of California, is the first non-French Superior General of the Congregation, which was founded by St. Jeanne Jugan in France in 1839. After entering the Little Sisters in San Francisco, she was elected to the General Council in 1976 and then was chosen Mother General in 1996. In that role she has traveled to all 32 countries where the daughters of St. Jeanne Jugan minister to the aged, and has overseen multiple renovation projects, as well as foundations in Peru, India, Africa and the Philippines.
In the meantime, excitement continues to build for Mother General’s visit to Totowa. The lawns and gardens are being tended to with care, signs are posted throughout the building, and the Home has taken on an extra sheen. As the days approach, everyone at St. Joseph’s Home looks forward to the visit with eager anticipation!