Who We Are
Joined Together in the Mission of Charity
The Sisters of Charity Federation of North America [The Federation] is a voluntary membership association of 14 congregations of women religious that number over 2,500 sisters. Impelled by Christ’s love and joined together in the mission of Charity, we, the Sisters of Charity Federation, respond to the cries of people living in poverty and on the margins. Our mission in the Church continues the original values of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The Sisters and Daughters of Charity serve throughout the United States, Canada and in 24 other countries in various capacities: education and administration, social services, health care, senior housing and care for the aged, pastoral care, youth services, human services and homeless shelters, advocacy, community centers, nonprofits, inner-city ministries and many more.
Today the Daughters serve in social services, health care, and education all throughout the state of California and in parts of Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Sisters also serve as foreign missionaries in the Congo and Kenya. The Daughters of Charity Province of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is part of the worldwide Daughters of Charity community of more than 16,000 sisters living and working in more than 90 countries. The Daughters of Charity are given to God, in community, for the service of persons living in poverty.
Today the Daughters serve in a variety of ministries including social services, health care, education, prison ministry, immigrant services, anti-human trafficking, parishes and social justice ministries. The Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise is part of the worldwide Daughters of Charity community of more than 16,000 sisters living and working in more than 90 countries. The Province of St. Louise sisters serve in 17 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and as missionaries on every continent except Antarctica and Australia. The Daughters of Charity are given to God, in community, for the service of persons living in poverty.
Today the sisters continue to minister to French-speaking Canadians in the areas of higher education and health care in New Brunswick, Canada. The sisters live and bear witness to the love of God within an apostolic community through direct service to those in need by putting the focus especially on those who have little knowledge or power.
Today the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati continue to live out their mission by serving the people of God of every description in education, health services, and social services in 26 U.S. dioceses and in Guatemala, Mexico and the West Indies. They strive to live Gospel values by acting justly, building loving relationships, sharing their resources with those in need, and caring for all creation.
Today the sisters serve in traditional areas of education, health care and social services, as well as in soup kitchens, social justice advocacy, and activism at the United Nations. Sisters are living and serving in Canada, the eastern United States, Bermuda, Peru and Kenya. The mission of the Sisters of Charity-Halifax is to give joyful witness to love: the love of God, of one another, and of all persons.
Today sisters in Canada and one in Peru are committed to ministries of outreach, counseling, pastoral care, spiritual accompaniment and systemic change, advocating for social and ecological justice and peace. Associates of the congregation share and express the Charity charism.
Today the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth serve as educators, administrators, pastoral ministers, counselors and in other roles, serving people of all ages and with various needs. Sisters minister in the continental United States, Peru and South Sudan. Impelled by the love of Christ, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth live out their mission by offering every loving service in their power to meet the critical needs of God’s people.
Today the sisters continue to serve in education, as well as health care and social work. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth live and work in ministry to an international, multicultural world, with three provinces across the globe: the Western Province of the U.S. and Belize, the Patna Province of Northern India and Nepal, and the Bangalore Province of Southern India. The sisters’ mission is “to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women, and to care for the earth. We risk our lives and resources, both personally and corporately, as we engage in diverse ministries in carrying out this mission.”
Today the sisters serve in health care, human services, education, immigration advocacy, social services and ecological justice in New York, Louisiana and Maryland, as well as the country of Guatemala. The mission of the Sisters of Charity of New York is to share in the ongoing mission of Jesus by revealing the Father’s love in their lives and in their varied ministries with and for all in need, especially the poor.
Today the sisters serve in education, parish ministry and senior ministry as well as sponsoring Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services which serves people living in poverty. Deeply rooted in their shared heritage of humility, simplicity, and charity, the sisters joyfully reach into the future.
Today the sisters are serving in education, health care, pastoral and social service ministries in 19 dioceses within the United States, in El Salvador and in Haiti. The mission of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ who came “to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.”
Today sisters of the United States Province continue to meet the needs of a changing world ministering primarily in the areas of education, parish ministry and social services. The South Korean Province was established in 1960 and sisters there continue to minister in education, social work, retreat work, and with the physically disabled. The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill is an international apostolic congregation of women religious who serve in nine U.S. states, South Korea, Israel, and Ecuador. Ministries of the congregation are guided by the prudent use of available resources, respectful of human dignity, protective of human rights, devoted especially to the poor and oppressed, rooted in faith, animated by prayer, supported by the common life, and performed in humility, simplicity and charity.
Today the Marthas strive to be pockets of hope in our world and are engaged in varied ministry settings, including retreats and spiritual direction, foot care, street ministry, pastoral care, social justice advocacy, ecological advocacy, hospitality and education. Sisters are ministering and serving throughout Nova Scotia, in Quebec and in Alberta, Canada. The Marthas are committed to living their mission of 'hearing, embracing, and responding to the cry for Gospel hospitality.'
Today the Marthas serve in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and are engaged in varied ministries including spirituality programs, spiritual direction and retreats, ministry to the poor, addiction services, prison ministry, pastoral care, parish ministry, education, ecological justice, social justice advocacy and ministry to Indigenous peoples. The Marthas are committed to living their charism of simplicity, attentiveness and hospitality, serving the needs of the Church in a life consecrated to God in community.