83. The Feminine Genius in The Little Sisters of the Poor: A Conversation with Sr. Joseph Marie Cruz
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On this episode, Simone Rizkallah, Director of Program Growth, interviews On this episode, Simone Rizkallah, Director of Program Growth, interviews Sr. Joseph Marie Cruz on her vocation story, the unique charism of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the gift of poverty.
Sister Joseph Marie Cruz, is a Little Sister of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint. Jeanne Jugan. Mission: 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. The Little Sisters of the Poor are currently serving the elderly and poor in over 30 countries around the world.
Although Sister Joseph Marie was born and raised in Denver, Colorado she has served in South America for 3 years, France 2 years (of which their Mother House is located and where each Little Sister professes her final vows), Spain 17 years and has also served in many of their Homes in the United States. She also as she states: “I have had the privilege of literally walking in the footsteps of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan when I was asked to begin a new foundation in Peru” of which she remained 2 years. In 2018 she returned to Denver as the “begging” Little Sister. Throughout all her experiences she has abandoned herself to God, trusting in Him, and spending herself totally and joyfully in caring for God Himself in the person of the elderly of low income. As she says “My happiness is being a Little Sister of the Poor.”
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To learn more about Sr. Joseph Marie Cruz, visit: https://www.littlesistersofthepoordenver.org
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