Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul--then and now
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Prayer is at the center of each Daughter’s life, providing the strength, support, and inspiration to lead an often-challenging life of service. Daughters are women of the Church who consecrate themselves to the Lord in order to serve the poorest and most vulnerable. Their charism is service to persons who are poor. The Eucharist is an essential part of daily life, and all Daughters participate in mass daily.
St Vincent de Paul, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity, is remembered today, his Feast Day and the anniversary of his death (1581 - 1660). St. Vincent stressed three attitudes for his companions in the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, but they are also applicable to us who are not Vincentians, namely: mutual respect, condescension (humility) and bearing with the weaknesses of our neighbors.
The life of Sister Aileen Marek, D.C., nurse, nurse educator, and hospital volunteer, will be celebrated at her funeral mass this evening. Sister was 91 years old and 71 years vocation when she went to her Eternal Home on September 7. Photo of Sister Aileen caring for a young patient at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, Texas, circa 1952. (Photo property of Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise Archives.)
Unit 102 along with World War I Daughters of Charity nurses coming home from Genoa, Italy: The Daughters, together with the civilian nurses, formed the staff of Base Hospital #102 in Vicenza, Italy, the hospital unit operating closest to the nearby Italian Front. (Digitization of glass plate negative; property of Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise Archives.)
Happy 101st Birthday, Sister Amelia! A St. Louis native and nurse, Sister Amelia served in hospitals in New Orleans, LA, and Montgomery, AL, before caring for Hansen's disease patients for 22 years in Carville, LA. From 1979 to 2000, she served as receptionist at DePaul Health Center. Today, she serves in the Ministry of Prayer at the Sarah Community and awaits her 81st year of vocation in September!