How was it that St. Joseph joined our Benefactor dinner? St. Joseph appeared in the form of a freshly minted DVD: Jeanne Jugan: A Work Which is Still Unknown. We had set the release date for March 19, St. Joseph’s feast day, but music licensing clearances were still needed and the producers/creators, Marty and Lorita Doucette, had editing changes to make – not the least of which was waiting for the final license information to include these in the work.
We didn’t notice that the miracles were already happening.
A benefactor met with Mother Mary Vincent to see what kinds of help he might provide the Home now that he had relocated from out of state. Among other things, he agreed to look into DVD vendors to gather competitive bids and to size up the organizations. As a result, when the video was freshly edited, we knew where to turn.
But the time was marching forward too quickly. The vendor needed 10 working days to produce a quality product. When all of our materials were ready, it left the vendor with 4.5 days. Could they do it? Would they? After all, we had never worked with this group before.
After several breathtaking turns of events, the finished DVD, fully packaged and shrink wrapped, was ready on the afternoon of the Benefactor Dinner. It was the eve of St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19!
But there was more: the benefactor who had located the DVD company in the first place was asked to present a marketing/sales seminar for a local business, and he had the company write “his” check to the Little Sisters of the Poor. It was enough to cover our balance due. But there was even more: in her good-news email, the manufacturer’s customer service rep noted that theirp had heard the Little Sisters in his parish church recently, and was happy to see a project from us on his work schedule. He decided to become our guardian angel. Noticing his name was given as “J. Jeff,” we had to ask two questions: What does the “J” stand for, and might he celebrate with us at the Benefactor dinner? We are delighted that he was able to join us.
And about the “J”? Perhaps you can guess that his first name is … Joseph.
We thank St. Joseph and our generous benefactors for their abilities, efforts and generosity in making this special gift available to our benefactors and as a tool to spread knowledge and understanding of the special gifts of St. Jeanne Jugan.