On Tuesday, May 2, 2006 Louise Ewers, Executive Director of LCUSA was pleased to present the Ladies of Charity of Mobile, Alabama their charter for membership in LCUSA. “It will always be a highlight of my first months as Executive Director” said Louise. Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb signed the charter during the luncheon following the mass he celebrated in the chapel of St. Mary’s Home where the Ladies meet monthly October through May. Archbishop Lipscomb expressed his pleasure that the Ladies were joining the national Ladies of Charity and extending their connection to ladies arournd the world, who serve persons who are poor.
Louise was delighted to meet so many of the members and have a chance to listen to the stories of some of the work they have done. There is a real sense of enthusiastic service that is apparent with this group. They work hard at raising the funds needed to do their work, but they also work hard develping their spirituality. They begin every meeting with the rosary and Benediction, always remembering those in need, including their members.
The Ladies of Charity of Mobile have been a very active group for 95 years. At one time, they had a thousand members and were able to take care of many of the needs of persons who are poor in the Mobile area. While, like many of our assocations, they are aging and membership is not as high as it has been, they continue their service with fundraisers like a rosery shower, and Shamrock Sales to raise money for the many needs of the Catholic Service Center. These needs include homeless shelters, and emergency help with utilies,. A committee also knits and/or crochets sweaters and caps to go with the layettes they supply for 2B Pregnancy Center.
Congratulations Ladies of Charity of Mobile. We are pleased to have you join us!
This article was taken from Ladies of Charity USA quarterly publication, The Servicette.