IN OUR OWN TIME, an age characterized by efficiency and computerization, the face of humanity, suffering and loneliness easily becomes obscured. The reality of human pain and misery may be lost in the midst of an impersonal world. The Ladies of Charity, recognizing this lack of human awareness, seek every opportunity to make Christ present by serving the material and spiritual needs of the sick, the poor and the marginalized of our society:
- caring for crack babies
- working with pregnant teenagers and birthright centers
- working with children in literacy programs including providing scholarships
- visiting the sick, the aged and the dying in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals
- organizing social and spiritual activities for families, children and the elderly
- working with soup kitchens, food banks, and homeless shelters, and making food deliveries
- operating thrift shops and organizing boutiques to generate funds for emergency financial assistance
- organizing local fund-raisers to support association activities
- working with restorative justice for newly released prisoners
- outreaching to abused women and victims of human trafficking
- active in state and federal legislative advocacy issues related to our mission
- active in supporting “Bridges Out of Poverty” programs
These are among the charitable works of the Ladies of Charity. The Association, in response to prayer and mutual sharing, seeks to be open to the call of Christ through the Church. Throughout our 400 year history, the LOC continues to advocate to change the systems that hold those we serve in the various faces of poverty. Today there are 6,400 members in the U.S. and 200,000 members worldwide in 54 countries. Click here to see our 2014 Annual Report.
The joy of being associated with women dedicated to the mission of Christ in the family of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac may be yours as a Lady of Charity.