“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
To seek out and advocate for the poor and needy, especially families, for the Kingdom of God since 1872
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 May 24, 2020
It is the final moment. Jesus is gathered with the disciples for his last talk before departing. And their final words to Him are: “Lord, NOW are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” And to His credit, Jesus did not slap his forehead, look heavenward, and moan, “They just don’t get it!” No, He told them what would happen, and then began to move heavenward as they looked on, mouths agape. Jesus trusted that the Spirit would continue the work He had begun, and move the disciples outward from Jerusalem and ultimately to the ends of the earth. It wasn’t easy — it took a persecution and some deaths, and many centuries, but eventually the Word did reach the ends of the earth. We need to continue to trust the Spirit to keep on the good work in us today, as the human race, the other creatures of earth, the planet herself need to have the Word preached and lived. “Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!”
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF