“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, July 21, 2019
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest under the tree.” Abraham is at home by the Terebinths of Mamre when three strangers approach. His words to them are warm and welcoming, and recognize the hardship of their journey: water to bathe their feet, food, a place to rest. Jesus, in the washing of the feet of the disciples, gives us the example of how we are to treat others, continuing the Jewish tradition of hospitality and welcome. What a contrast with the cages on our side of the Mexican border, where soap is not allowed, there is no room for bathing or resting, and what food there is, is far from the fatted calf! We pray, we advocate, we protest, we send money — what more can and should we do to fix this horrific situation?
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF
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We join other faith leaders in recognizing World Refugee Day, June 20, 2019 by co-sponsoring a Capitol Hill Press Conference in Washington D.C. where faith leaders, refugee leaders and members of Congress will speak with one voice.