Saint Jeanne Jugan was deeply dedicated to our Mother Mary. She confided in Mary, prayed the rosary fervently, and asked for Mary’s intercession to see to the needs of the elderly in her care. We carry on in Saint Jeanne Jugan’s footsteps, praying the rosary daily with our Residents in the chapel. For our Home, the May Crowning of Mary is thus a very special ceremony.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Sisters and many of our Residents gathered in our chapel for a special afternoon rosary and the Crowning of Mary. Every year, we ask a Resident to come up to the altar and place a crown of roses, fashioned by our Residents in the Arts and Crafts room, on our statue of Mary. This year, one of our newer Residents, Helen Trahan, had the honor of placing the crown. “The ceremony was very lovely, and I was glad and surprised to have been asked,” says Helen. She had never been to a Crowning of Mary ceremony in our chapel, so it was truly an honor for all in attendance. Helen remembers her days in Catholic school, explaining that each May they held a Crowning ceremony in the classroom.
Helen’s family joined our “little family” in the chapel for the Crowning. In attendance were her granddaughter and great-grandchildren (pictured). We feel so blessed that we could all experience this prayerful event together.