“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 Sunday, January 19, 2019
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The sudden and unexpected death of a young person is an occasion of grief, yes, and also of reflection. Granted, “sudden and unexpected” are relative terms — the death may not have been so sudden and unexpected to those who knew of her situation. And “young” is a relative term — defined as within a couple of years of my age, either way! In addition to sorrow at the loss of her presence among us and joy at her release from pain present and future, I also experience some soul searching. Is there anything I ought to do now before it’s too late? Any relationship I should try to mend? Any papers I should burn? Any letters I should write? Any classes I should take? Any drawers or closets I should weed out? Anybody I should take out for coffee? How about you? What questions do you ask yourself?
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF