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.
|Abbreviation||D.C. (post-nominal letters|
|Established||November 29, 1633|
|Founders||St. Vincent de Paul and|
St. Louise de Marillac
|Founded at||Paris, France|
|Type||Centralized Religious Institute of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right (for Women)|
Rue du Bac, Paris, France
|Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa|
|The charity of Christ urges us|
|Sister Françoise Petit, DC|
|Roman Catholic Church|
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. They use the initials DC after their names.