Sister Nannette Gentile, Senior Vice President, Mission Affairs
The Daughters of Charity have been around for 374 years serving persons in need. Inclusion is an integral part of that service. Throughout the years Daughters have cared for victims of plague and war. Our history in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, tells the rich story of how the Sisters ministered to the soldiers from the North and from the South during the American Civil War.
Our Ministries in healthcare advocate for the uninsured and underinsured. Our special charism (gift) in the Church is that we are called by God to live in common in order to serve persons who are poor. ALL persons should find a listening heart and ear in the Daughters of Charity.
We number 26,000 serving in five continents, in urban areas, villages, jungles, the brush, in sophisticated and very primitive settings. Our Founders, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Seton, established the legacy of our being attentive to the signs of the times and to go to persons most in need. That principle serves as discernment tool and guide for any strategic plan we develop.
Diversity begets richness of spirit. Hopefully, this spirit can be the life-giving message to the world that we are all indeed created equal.