[Province España-Sur – Spain] This past February 23rd San Andrés Home of Lebrija celebrated its first centennial. The Eucharist began at eleven in the morning presided by the Archbishop of Seville, Most Reverend Juan José Asenjo Pelegrina. He began by giving thanks for these hundred years of service that the Daughters of the Charity of St Vincent of Paul have offered to the town of Lebrija and for the generosity of the founders that made this great work possible. After the Eucharist, celebrated in the Franciscan Convent, everyone went to St Andres Home to see the photographic exhibition that showed unforgettable moments of their hundred years of existence. Later on, appetizers were offered to all Lebrija people who wanted to accompany the Sisters and the elderly people for whom this house is their home, on this day so special for them all.
In the afternoon a music festival took place where different musical groups of Lebrija delighted all present with their songs and music. This festival closed the week of activities that had been carried out in San Andres Home to commemorate this first centenary.
During these days St Andrés Home had some “Open House” days so that all Lebrija people could visit and see all the corners of the house. Every afternoon an audio-visual presentation was shown titled “San Andres Home: A hundred years of history,” showing the journey through all the activities that took place along these hundred years in this house, with a special remembrance of the sisters who have gone through the Home as well as the elderly who one day found in this residence a home in which to live happily, accompanied by the love of the Sisters.
We give thanks to the Lord for these hundred years, in which Lebrija has been blessed with the work and service of so many Daughters of Charity who gave part of their lives serving the elderly of this town. We prayed to Him to always protect this work and help them to continue being a lighthouse of light, love and service for this town during the next hundred years so, one day, others can happily celebrate the second centennial of San Andrés Home.