“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.
Scripture Reflection for Sunday, October 13, 2019
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Two words especially come to my mind as I read the scriptures for the coming Sunday: integrity and gratitude. Naaman in our first reading is so grateful for his healing that he wants to give a gift to Elisha — and Elisha will take nothing for what he did was from the Lord. Tempting as it may have been — for Naaman was a rich man — Elisha acts with integrity. Gratitude comes into play in the Gospel reading, too. All ten lepers must have felt gratitude for their healing, though only one returned to Jesus to give thanks. A movie could be written — or nine novels or any number of comic books — about the other nine and what kept them from returning to give thanks. But the only one who is remembered in scripture is the one who returned. Gratitude and integrity are important today — we need more of both! How do you live out integrity and gratitude in your life?
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF
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