THE DESIRE TO BE BOTH PROPHETS AND CONTEMPLATIVE NUNS IN TODAY'S WORLD.
"We are filled with an ardent desire to see all nations and peoples gathered together as God's family
in Jesus Christ, Lord of the world and Lord of history." Rule of life 149
Founded by Father Stephen Pernet in 1865 as a religious order in Paris, the Little Sisters of the Assumption helped families who suffered from the social and cultural upheavals of the Industrial Revolution. Faced with inadequate housing, insufficient health care, and little or no legal protection, families had begun to break apart. Father Pernet saw that the only way to develop the strengths of the families was by going into their homes and responding to their many needs. Recognizing similar needs in the United States, the Little Sisters began their work in New York City in 1891 on the Lower East Side, moving to their current mission site in East Harlem in 1958.
The LSA mission continues the vision of supporting the inner strength of families that today face an even more complex type of poverty -- neglect, substance abuse, poor health and marginalization. Programs at our mission sites in New York, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia encourage self-sufficiency and self-esteem while helping to create systems of support within the community.
Through the years the Little Sister's purity of purpose has remained:
To strive for the promotion, protection and preservation of the family.
For More Information Contact:
Sr. Annette Allain, LSA
Coordinator, U.S. Territory
475 East 115 Street, 1st Fl.
New York, NY 10029