“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.
“Then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.” There are many stories of the Creation from all cultures of the earth; there are several in our own scriptures. The first reading this Sunday is one of my favorites, told by an eyewitness to Creation itself, Wisdom. I can just picture her delighting in the whole process, and playing with the children of the earth, from kittens and puppies to the new humans. Aardvarks, platypuses, iguanas, butterflies and hummingbirds — what a delight it must have been to come up with all these creatures! Take some delight in Creation this weekend!
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF
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The gardens at Palmdale have long been known for their beauty. The Sisters of the Holy Family have long cherished the history and flora of this garden and with Robson Homes are conserving it as a park for the enjoyment of the community.