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Sisters of Charity


Sisters of Charity

Aid for the Wounded (Sister of Charity), by Alexandre-Marie Guillemin, c. 1865. Walters Art Museum.

Many religious communities have the term Sisters of Charity as part of their name. While some Sisters of Charity communities refer to the Vincentian tradition, and in America to the tradition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton those links are by no means universal. It is important to recognize that there may be no "family" or historical relationship between groups having the phrase Sisters of Charity as part of their name. The rule of Vincent de Paul for the Daughters of Charity has been adopted and adapted by at least sixty founders of religious institutes around the world in the subsequent centuries.


  • History 1
  • Irish Sisters 2
  • Paris, France 3
  • References 4


In 1633 Vincent de Paul, a French priest and

  1. ^ Randolph, Bartholomew. "Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 3. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 7 Jan. 2015
  2. ^ "Our History", Sisters of Charity of New York
  3. ^ Schwab, Sarah. "Schools: An Irish Education", The Irish in Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati
  4. ^ Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise
  5. ^ Daughters of Charity, Los Altos Hills Province
  6. ^
  7. ^ Sisters of Charity of New York
  8. ^ Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth
  9. ^ Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
  10. ^ Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
  11. ^ Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine
  12. ^ Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church
  13. ^ Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa


The most famous convent is at 14 Rue du Bac in Paris, France, born 1633. This was where Catholics believe Sister Catherine Laboure received the vision of Immaculate Mary on the eve of St. Vincent's feastday, 1830 and the dispensation of the Miraculous Medal.

Paris, France

Irish Sisters

Many other groups called Sisters of Charity have also founded and operate educational institutions, hospitals and orphanages:

Sisters of Charity Federation in the Vincentian-Setonian Tradition:

In 2011, the Daughters of Charity established The Province of St. Louise, bringing together the West Central, East Central, Southeast, and Northeast Provinces of the United States.[4] Los Altos Hills in California remains a separate province.[5]

In 1817, Mother Seton sent three Sisters were sent to New York City to establish an orphanage.[2] In 1829, four Sisters of Charity from Emmitsburg, Maryland traveled to Cincinnati, to open St. Peter’s Girl’s Orphan Asylum and School.[3] In 1850, the Sulpician priests of Baltimore successfully negotiated that the Emmitsburg community be united with the international community based in Paris. The foundations in New York and Cincinnati decided to become independent diocesan congregations. Six separate religious congregations trace their roots to the beginnings of the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg. In addition to the original community of Sisters at Emmitsburg (now part of the Vincentian order), they are based in New York City; Cincinnati, Ohio; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Convent Station, New Jersey; and Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1809 American Elizabeth Ann Seton, founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's, adapting the rule of the French Daughters of Charity for her Emmitsburg, Maryland community.


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