The Daughters of Charity is an international community of women (Society of Apostolic Life) founded in Paris in 1633 by Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac to be “totally given to God in community for the service of persons who are poor.” Today there are some 18,000 sisters serving the most vulnerable people in 94 countries on the five continents. They go wherever they are needed and no form of poverty is alien to them. They serve anyone in need regardless of race, class or religion. Their motto is “The love of Jesus crucified urges us.”
International website: www.filles-de-la-charite.org
Daughters of Charity in Britain
There are currently 190 sisters serving in 34 locations in Britain in every kind of ministry including work with homeless people; refugees and asylum seekers; prisoners and their families; hearing impaired children and adults; people who are blind; adults and children with learning disability; people with AIDS; women caught up in prostitution; parish ministry; hospital chaplaincy; community development projects; families struggling to cope; people with mental health problems; the housebound and elderly persons; health care and teaching. They are ordinary women making an extraordinary commitment – to live their baptismal calling in a unique, simple, vowed way of life – travelling the same journey as Vincent de paul and Louise de Marillac, two people who gave themselves to God to make a difference in the world by serving those in need.
British Province website: www.daughtersofcharity.org.uk
The Daughters of Charity
London NW7 1RE
Tel: 0208 906 3777