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Religious Sisters of Charity

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The Religious Sisters of Charity
Sisters of Charity

We are a congregation of religious women, founded by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, in Dublin, Ireland, and living and working on three continents. 

Mary Aikenhead’s special gift to the Church and society of her time, which has been handed down through the ages to our day, was service of the poor. This special gift is called charism. We give expression to it by taking a fourth vow of service of the poor.

An important aspect of our lives is sharing our charism with the people amongst whom we live and work.

Because of her experience and training with the sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in York, England, Mary Aikenhead chose Ignatian spirituality for her congregation. This spirituality of is a way of expressing the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. At the heart of Ignatian spirituality are the Spiritual Practices of St Ignatius of Loyola. They call us:

  • to seek and find God in all things
  • to be a contemplative, even in the midst of activity
  • to a love that leads to total surrender