The Ladies of Charity were founded by St. Vincent de Paul, patron of all charities, to respond to the needs of the poor in 17th century France. Together with St. Louise de Marillac, these women went quietly about their tasks, seeking no recognition, satisfied with the knowledge that they were serving Christ in the person of the poor.
AIC — International Association of Charities — is the official name for the Ladies of Charity worldwide. The Ladies of Charity USA (LCUSA), since their origin 150 years ago, have sought to possess the charisms of their founders through daily prayer and service to the poor. That same Vincentian Spirit characterizes the Association today. It asks the personal gifts of self, time, devotion, sacrifices and perseverance in the effort to bring dignity to each person and to respond with compassion to human misery.
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