Happy Birthday Saint Jeanne Jugan!
Actually, the Little Sisters of the Poor have always had a tradition of not celebrating our birthdays. Of course, the tradition has been updated a bit … now we don’t celebrate our birthdays before our 80th year! But from 80 on, we have a simple celebration among ourselves. Still, some of our elderly Little Sisters are not quite used to the idea yet!
It may seem odd not to celebrate a Sister’s birthday before 80 but in reality we prefer to give a special place to our ‘spiritual’ birthday, that is, the day of our baptism since it is the day when we became God’s children!