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ACOALITION of brothers and their supporters sponsored a national brothers symposium in March 2017 at the University
of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The first national day for
Catholic brothers was held on May 1.
More than 200 people representing 32 religious communities
attended the symposium. Their discussion centered on the
singularity of the vocation, focusing on the 2015 Vatican
document “Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the
Church.” Along with VISION’s publisher, the National Religious
Vocation Conference, the symposium sponsors were the
Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Religious Brothers
Conference, the Religious Formation Conference, and the University of Notre Dame.
The May 1 day of commemoration—to be repeated in 2018 and coming years—involved parishes, brothers’ communities,
and other groups recognizing and celebrating the unique vocation of brothers and their contribution to the world. Learn more
about the lifestyle, ministries, and vocations of brothers at todaysbrother.com and VocationNetwork.org.
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SISTER ELISABETH ANNE,
L.S.P. has begged for food
donations for decades so
that her community can
continue to assist older
adults who need care in
Queens, New York.
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PANELISTS AT THE MARCH 2017 Brothers Symposium discuss
the vocation to be a Catholic brother.
I cried my heart out for two weeks,” she told
Eli Rosenberg of the New York Times.
Nonetheless, the job grew on her, and
she says she loves it. Sister Elisabeth Anne is
now in her late 70s, the same age as many of
the home’s residents. Vendors at Hunts Point
Terminal Market in Queens have befriended
her and her cause. She not only solicits
produce each week but also asks parishes
and foundations for money to support her
community’s ministry. The tradition of having
a “collecting sister” dates back to the founding of the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1839.
Today, the home shelters and feeds 85 low-income older adults and 19 nuns, who also
live in the building serving the residents. It is
one of 197 homes around the world run by
the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order whose
mission is to support the elderly poor.
She is humble about her long record of
begging. She told the New York Times: “I’m
the last on the ladder; I’m the lowest. I’m
the director of nothing except my life. Beg-
gar. That’s my title.”
SISTER ELISABETH ANNE, L.S.P. has pent much of her time as a nun beg-
ging at a food market—and at first, she
hated what has become her life’s work.
In 1979 her community, the Little Sisters
of the Poor, asked her to go to a wholesale
produce market and solicit donations to feed
the elderly in a home they ran in Queens,
New York. “To go out and be a beggar was
the worst thing you could ever ask me to do.
SISTER REFLECTS ON HER LIFE AS A BEGGAR