SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
U.S. Director of Communications, Little Sisters of the Poor
May 15, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
One of my favorite hymns is a recent addition to our Easter repertoire, Three Days. It begins with an expression of despair — “Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead,” but then builds to a triumphant conclusion: “Though still Christ’s body suffers, pierced daily by the sword, yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!”
April 17, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Several years ago, a summer heat wave of historic proportions settled over Europe, leading to the death of over 14,000 people in France alone. Many of the victims were elderly citizens who were left behind in major cities as their families and neighbors enjoyed their summer holidays far from the country’s urban areas.
December 20, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
I had just begun my initiation to religious life when a very kind Little Sister offered to share with me the secret to joy.
Of course, I wanted to know the secret, I responded!
JOY, she confided, is a matter of putting Jesus first, Other people second and Yourself last.
November 15, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Pope Francis named John Henry Cardinal Newman a Catholic saint last month. Newman was a contemporary of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and probably knew our early communities in England. He grew up and was educated in the Church of England, and for many years flourished as a prominent Anglican preacher and intellectual before converting to Catholicism in 1845.
October 18, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
For American Catholics, October is Respect Life Month, and this year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life.”
In his letter introducing this theme, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, suggests that although attacks against human life seem to be growing more numerous and more callous by the day, “through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith.”
September 20, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence . . . ” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
August 2, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.
Our sesquicentennial year will officially close on Aug. 30, the feast day of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. This anniversary has been a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the experiences of our pioneering Little Sisters and to become acquainted with the many people who helped them.
June 21, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
My fondest memories of summer are the times spent with my favorite aunt at her cottage nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. As a middle school teacher, she had a gift for relating to kids in a way very different from parents, like a wise friend or a trusted confidante. My aunt patiently taught us how to knit and sew; she listened to our stories and nurtured our dreams as if each niece or nephew were the only one.
May 17, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmothers and aunts to teachers, coaches and mentors of all kinds.
But it’s also wonderful to rejoice that as women, we all have a life-long vocation to motherhood, whether physical or spiritual.
February 1, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voice mail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month, in the middle of SEEK 2019, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
November 16, 2018 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
As they celebrated their first Christmas in America 150 years ago, our Little Sisters in Baltimore noted that the donations received included “twelve turkeys, four ducks, sixteen chickens and so many other good things that we didn’t know what to do with it all!” They concluded, “In this country Christmas is like the feast of the poor!”
August 17, 2018 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
On August 30, the feast of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Congregation’s arrival in the United States.
June 15, 2018 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to be held annually June 22–29. The observance is a bit shorter, but no less important. This year’s theme is “Serving Others in God’s Love.”
February 16, 2018 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
I began the new year with 8,000 college students at the Student Leadership Summit (SLS18) of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). It was an inspiring event that enabled us Little Sisters to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic young people on fire for their Catholic faith.
December 1, 2017 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. In his nearly 20 minute talk, our Holy Father challenged his listeners to ignite a much-needed revolution of tenderness in our world.
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