The Ladies of Charity was built on the foundation of service to the poor and the marginalized in our communities. Our mission is to continue, expand and improve our charitable and spiritual works according to the directives and in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through personal service to those in need.
THOUGHTS FROM OUR SPIRITUAL MODERATOR, SR. JOANNE DONOVAN
As the whole Vincentian Family celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, our Founder, I could not help but recall a prayer that has been used during times of epidemics. Though we have joined these past several months with this pandemic and its ups and terrible downs and the loss of so many lives, I believe we continue to need to pray with Vincent. Here is a prayer we can all pray together.
O Saint Vincent de Paul, our father and model,
throughout your life you wished
to imitate Jesus, the missionary and servant.
In your time, you confronted
the plague, the illness of the people.
Intercede now with the Holy Trinity
on behalf of all the nations on earth visited by the modern scourge.
Help the bodies and hearts of all victims.
Strengthen caregivers, be close to all neighbors, and enlighten researchers.
Walk with those approaching the portals of death.
As you gave strong and ardent advice to struggle against evil,
so now come to our aid!
Teach us how to expose our lives for the weakest among us,
and strengthen us to help them better
in fearless perseverance.
With the sole desire of aiding them in their needs,
open our spirits to God’s infinite providence.
Let us endow it with his total will for action.
Inspire in us, also, obedience to our leaders,
as we now place ourselves in your hands,
confident and fortified with genuine feelings of dedication and zeal
for our sisters and brothers.
My heart was so full of gratitude on Tuesday evening, September 22, as we installed seven new Ladies of Charity. I pray in time we will be able to celebrate together and most especially celebrate our anniversary and founding members. God bless each of you and please stay healthy and safe.
Blessings to all,
Sister Joanne Donovan, DC