Wednesday, June 13, 2012, marked the 111 anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Poor arrival in Mobile. Since 2001, the current Sisters have marked the occasion with a memorial Mass at the graves of our deceased Little Sisters to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices and faithfulness of their lives. Our founding Little Sisters, six in number left their beloved country of France by boat in order to serve the elderly poor of Mobile under difficult situations.
Our chaplain, Fr. Peter Cunningham, celebrated Mass for all the Little Sisters, Residents, Association Jeanne Jugan members and benefactors who were able to come. In a very touching and heartfelt way, we Little Sisters put flowers on each of our 31 Little Sisters’ graves, at the statues of Mary and St. Joseph, and at the grave of Major Patrick C. Hannan. Major Hannan, along with Bishop Edward P. Allen of Mobile, petitioned our Mother General to send the first Little Sisters to Mobile. He also provided the first home for the Sisters. Because of that act of generosity, the first home was know by the people of Mobile as the “Hannan Home.” We are truly appreciative of our foundation that the Sisters, Bishop Allen, and Major Hannan worked so hard to build. Because of their love and service, we are able to continue to care for the elderly poor of Mobile and the Gulf Coast. What a grace and joy for us Little Sisters who build on these “living stones.” A special thank you to the people of Mobile for providing for our needs these 111 years!