Our Begging Tradition

The Collecting: an ongoing miracle
Miracles happen daily in our home—our benefactors and friends are the instruments through which God makes them happen. Just as St. Jeanne Jugan walked the roads of France experiencing everyday miracles, the collecting continues to be at the heart of our charism and mission today. It’s a living tradition that sustains our mission and proves that miracles of Providence still happen!

In years gone by the collecting Little Sisters were known by the horse-drawn wagon in which they made the rounds through the city neighborhoods. Although today we use a van rather than horses, we keep the tradition alive as we “go out collecting” throughout the Pittsburgh area each day.

Chances are we’ve met at a church collection

With the blessing of Bishop Zubik, we continue to reach out to the people of the diocese of Pittsburgh through church collections, introducing those who do not know us to our mission. For those who do know us, visiting the various parishes of the diocese deepens the friendships we have already forged and gives the faithful an opportunity to share in our mission.

Other ways of helping

  • Gifts in-kind are greatly appreciated! Please see our current wish list.
  • Interested in other ways of helping us? Email our collecting Sister at colpittsburgh@littlesistersofthepoor.org or call (412) 307-1118. We’ll be happy to further introduce you to our mission and the many ways you can share in it.

Thank you for being a part of the miracle. Feel free to stop by and see what a difference YOUR gift has made!