“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, August 18, 2019
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The princes said to the king, ‘Jeremiah ought to be put to death,'” and the king listened to the princes and had the prophet of the Lord thrown into a muddy cistern to starve. But Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian, in secret also had the ear of the king, and he was able to save Jeremiah and bring the king and the prophet together. Perhaps today we need to pray for an Ebed-melech in our courts of power, to speak to the “king” and bring him to a prophet to whom he will listen. It has worked before — it can work again! And if you happen to be in a position to BE that Ebed-melech or that prophet, heed the voice of the Lord and do God’s bidding!
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF
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