“Their sturdy backs bent down, by labor and fatigue, their eyes intent upon the earth, sift through stubble discarded by the reapers.”
—Sister Michaela O’Connor
Our Mission: To seek out and advocate for the poor and needy, especially families, for the Kingdom of God since 1872
Above: The Gleaners, by Jean-François Millet (1857), depicting three peasant women gleaning a field of stray stalks of wheat after the harvest.
from the past
As Gleaners, we stand at the edge of society where Christ is encountered in Word, Silence, and Action where power of His Kingdom pushes out the boundaries of our world. We will be recognized by our simplicity of life and visible presence among the most abandoned.
Our mission as Gleaners will be to serve segments of the population who are underserved by Church and social institutions, including children, the homeless, the hungry, immigrants and refugees, those needing healthcare, and others.
for the future
Reflecting the heart of their mission the Sisters of the Holy Family’s legacy lives on into the future for others: Gardens at Palmdale, Opportunity Fund, Archives Collection and Early Childhood Education Scholarships.
Season of Creation
Week 4 – September 22, 2019
“Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives. This is why it is the focus of this year’s International Day of Peace. And it’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit.”
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres
There are a number of ways you can join our Family of Friends, including donations, prayer requests, connecting with a Sister, and joining our mailing list.
If you would like to request a prayer for yourself or a loved one, please let us know.
As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Sisters of the Holy Family pledge our support to end the scourge of rage and hatred that has gripped our nation and we will be unfailing in our efforts to call for legislation that works to end gun violence quickly and effectively.