Over 360 years ago, in 1633, a French widow named Louise de Marillac and a French priest named Vincent de Paul, founded the Daughters of Charity to serve the poor of France. In the 19th century, Elizabeth Ann Seton, an American mother and widow, followed their tradition by founding a community of sisters in the United States which later merged with the Daughters of Charity in France. Today the Daughters of Charity are an international community of over 23,000 women serving people all over the world who are poor.
Throughout their history, the Daughters of Charity have provided spiritual and physical comfort to the poor. Today the Daughters continue this ministry as they face the challenges of finding ways to humanize technology, promote human development and effectively address more complex social issues.