Association of the Ladies of Charity of the United States
The Ladies of Charity, since their origin, have possessed the charism of their founder, St. Vincent de Paul: daily prayer and personal service to the poor. That same Vincentian spirit characterizes the Association today. It asks the personal gift of self, of time, devotion, sacrifices, and perseverance in the effort to bring dignity to each person and to respond with compassion to every human misery. The Association of the Ladies of Charity USA are direct descendants of the Ladies of Charity and as such are part of the oldest functioning charitable group of lay women, the AIC (International Associations of Charity).
Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute
Founded in Philadelphia in 1950 by Dr. Margaret Healy according to the inspiration of Fr. Thomas Judge, CM; their purpose is to preserve the faith among people who are spiritually neglected and to develop a missionary spirit in the laity. Members are lay persons living in the world. Members wear no distinctive habit, dress or uniform. They choose their own field of secular profession or employment as well as their own place of residence, subject to their Superior’s approval. Nothing is required of members that will limit in any way their secular way of life and their effectiveness as apostles in the world.
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