Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul

The Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul (Latin: Societas Filiarum Caritatis a Sancto Vincentio de Paulo), commonly called the Daughters of Charity or Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent De Paul, is a Society of Apostolic Life for women within the Catholic Church. Its members make annual vows throughout their life, which leaves them always free to leave, without need of ecclesiastical permission. They were founded in 1633 and state that they are devoted to serving the poor through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul
Co-founder of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul
AbbreviationD.C. (post-nominal letters
EstablishedNovember 29, 1633; 387 years ago (November 29, 1633)
FoundersSt. Vincent de Paul and
St. Louise de Marillac
Founded atParis, France
TypeCentralized Religious Institute of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right (for Women)
Rue du Bac, Paris, France
Region served
Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa
The charity of Christ urges us
Superioress General
Sister Françoise Petit, DC
Parent organization
Roman Catholic Church
A painting of cornette-wearing Daughters of Charity by Karol Tichy [pl], depicting a funeral in an orphanage run by the sisters (National Museum in Warsaw).

They have been popularly known in France as "the Grey Sisters" from the color of their traditional religious habit, which was originally grey, then bluish grey. The 1996 publication The Vincentian Family Tree presents an overview of related communities from a genealogical perspective.[1] They use the initials DC after their names.

Since 20 April 2020, its Superior General is Françoise Petit.[2]