Holy Family Sisters reflect on Ven. Henriette in November
Because November is a month for gratitude and thanksgiving for the many blessings God has bestowed, the Sisters of the Holy Family are inviting the public to attend several activities in recognition and appreciation of the congregation’s 172 years of service and of the 202nd anniversary of the birth of their foundress, Venerable Henriette Delille.
The Holy Family Sisters will host the annual “Feeding of the Poor” at Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp St., New Orleans, Nov. 1 from 2-3 p.m. The sisters and volunteers will serve the meals and distribute personal care kits to diners.
On Nov. 15 at 4 p.m., the Sisters will host a Mass in honor of Venerable Henriette at the motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Blvd. The celebrant will be Father Philip Landry, rector of St. Louis Cathedral and local postulator for the canonization of Venerable Henriette.
Mother Henriette, a native New Orleanian, was a descendent of slaves and an evangelizer who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1842. Along with her companions Juliette Gaudin and Josephine Charles, she began a ministry of educating slaves, caring for the sick, the elderly and the marginalized of society.
A Founder’s Day Mass celebrating 172 years of service will be held Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at the motherhouse.
The Sisters of the Holy Family sponsor St. Mary’s Academy Elementary School and High School, founded in 1867; Lafon Nursing Facility, founded in 1842; and St. John Berchmans Early Childhood Development Center, at the former orphanage for African American children. Other ministries include Delille Inn and St. John Berchmans Apartments for low-income seniors and several parish ministries throughout Louisiana.
For details, call the motherhouse at 241-3088.