Tradition of Begging

Begging Tradition

Our Begging Tradition   Be Part of the Miracle – Donate Since 1869, the Little Sisters of the Poor have served the elderly of the Philadelphia area with compassion and love. Sustaining, at one point, three homes, welcoming more than 300 Residents, the community of the greater Philadelphia area has been part of an on-going Read more…

Meet Our Family

Sister Benedict

Meet a Few of Our Family Sister Benedict with her brother Irene O’Connor, Activities Director Patricia Gibson, Resident       Sister Benedict I have been in Philadelphia for over twenty years and it’s been a privilege. For the last two years, my brother has been living in the independent apartments, and that, too, is Read more…



History of the Little Sisters in Philadelphia       St. Mary’s Home, 18th and Jefferson Street, Center City,  1869-1958 After establishing several “Homes for the Aged and Infirm” in different parts of the United States in 1868 (Brooklyn, NY, New Orleans, LA, Cincinnati, OH, St. Louis, MO), the Little Sisters of the Poor arrived Read more…



Admissions to Holy Family Home   The admissions process usually begins with a conversation with me or one of the Little Sisters, during which time we will discuss the following: The needs and health concerns of the prospective Resident as well as the age and financial eligibility of the prospective Resident We welcome the elderly Read more…



Philosophy As Little Sisters of the Poor, we care for the elderly poor in the spirit of humble service we have received from our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. We welcome the elderly as we would Jesus Christ himself and serve them with love and respect until God calls them home. We welcome low-income elderly (of Read more…

Our Home

Our Home  Welcome to Holy Family Home   The Little Sisters of the Poor arrived in Philadelphia on August 24, 1869, to respond to the needs of the elderly poor in Philadelphia at the time. Jeanne Jugan was still alive to witness this spreading of her work to the far reaches of the earth.  The Read more…

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Sharing the Journey Saint Jeanne Jugan founded her mission on sharing and hospitality. In this spirit, we welcome the collaboration of many people in our mission of hospitality: our lay staff, volunteers and our Residents themselves, who provide such a rich source of wisdom and joy.  

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