Wellburn to continue to serve the infirm elderly

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For 152 years the Little Sisters of the Poor have cared lovingly for the vulnerable elderly in Wellburn Home, Dundee. In October of 2014 the Little Sisters finally, after prayer and discernment, decided that due to a shortage of Vocations they could no longer continue their mission at Wellburn.

Today, 27th February 2015, the Little Sisters have accepted verbally, the Diocese of Dunkeld’s offer to continue the vital mission of care and support for the infirm elderly at Wellburn. The Little Sisters, with great sadness, have yet, entrusted the continuation of their essential work to the Diocese of Dunkeld. The practical arrangements for the transfer of mission will be worked out in the near future.

The present political climate with the current debates taking place both in the UK and the Scottish Parliaments, do not, the Catholic Church believes, serve the best interests and dignity of the infirm elderly. Wellburn will continue to both serve the infirm, protect their rights and best interests and dignity, by continuing the loving service and care to those in need.

Sr Joseph Christine, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters on behalf of the Congregation was delighted to see this continuity of care and said: “We are very happy with today’s negotiations and wish Bishop and the Diocese of Dunkeld God’s blessing in continuing the work of our Foundress, St Jeanne Jugan.

Bishop Stephen Robson on behalf of the Diocese of Dunkeld added that he had known the Little Sisters since he was a child and has always had a great love and respect for the Little Sisters work. “If we can achieve their level of service and love with God’s help we will be happily blessed indeed”, he said.”