Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul West Central Province
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The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul began in France and the Motherhouse is there to this day in Paris. The international head of the Daughters of Charity, Sr. Evelyne Franc, is called the Superioress General and she lives in the Motherhouse in Paris. She is assisted by a General Council of Sisters representing the various language groups from countries where the Daughters serve.
Since the beginning, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Priests) has also helped the Daughters of Charity to maintain their charism and carry out their mission in the church.
Please visit the International website at www.filles-de-la-charite.org
The Daughters of Charity in Eritrea currently are about 82 sisters distributed in thirteen local communities. Most of the houses are in the furthest and very remote places where other religious people can not reach. Our main focus as Daughters of charity is to be on the side of the most deprived, the forgotten and the poorest of the poor persons. The main activities carried out in our Local Communities include house based care of the elderly and sick persons, women's promotion, health care, HIV and AIDS service, orphans, needy children and family rehabilitation, rehabilitation of people with physical and mental disability, educational Service and pastoral care which includes formation of Vincentian Marian youth and other Vincentian family branches.
In a 60 minute video Fr. Gregory Gay, CM share his impressions of the Vincentian Family as it works, prays and celebrates in the 80 countries he has visited during his almost 6 years as Superior General. (Thanks to Monica Watson of famvin who synchronized the sound track of his presentation at Niagara University with the visuals of the powerpoint presenation.)
As an international community, you will find Daughters of Charity around the world. Someone who has come to know the Daughters well is Peter Lemieux, a social documentary photographer based in San Francisco, California. He has been documenting the work of the Daughters for seven years. The San Francisco Chronicle has a piece about Peter Lemieux entitled “Who Knows Tomorrow?” You can read the article about Peter, his work and the Daughters of Charity on the San Francisco Chronicle website.
We encourage you to visit Peter Lemieux’s website to view his photos and learn more about some of the work of the Daughters of Charity in Ethiopia. Be sure to see “Selamawit’s Unsettled Youth” and “Living in the Grave with the Dead” which, in addition to Peter’s photos, includes a moving multimedia presentation.