Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p.

LSP Ill Have NUN of ItIf you would like one of the Little Sisters’ “I’ll Have NUN of It” buttons, visit the website www.LittleSistersofthePoor.org.

A few weeks ago, I received a New Year’s card that read, “This will be the best year yet.” We Little Sisters of the Poor are fervently praying that 2016 will be remembered as the year we were able to return to our quiet lives at the service of the elderly after a happy resolution to our long legal struggle over the HHS contraceptive mandate.

Each year, British retailer John Lewis creates a seasonal buzz with its creative, emotionally charged Christmas advertisements. This year, the department store chain has teamed with Age UK, Great Britain’s largest charity for senior citizens, to raise funds and awareness of the scourge of loneliness among the elderly today. The heart-wrenching commercial depicts a young girl reaching out to an elderly “Man on the Moon” and ends with a simple yet haunting slogan: “No one should have no one at Christmas.”

Sr Constance Veit head shot webEarly in our community’s history, a group of townspeople who witnessed the sisters’ humble charity toward the elderly dubbed them the “Little” Sisters of the Poor. The name stuck. Recently, however, we have become known to some as “the HHS Sisters” because of our lawsuit against the federal government over the contraceptive mandate. This issue has been pursuing us for over three years – pushing us out of our quiet, hidden lives into the unwelcome glare of the public eye – and there is no end in sight as our case now heads to the United States Supreme Court.