Ladies of Charity is a 400 year old international organization founded by St. Vincent de Paul with the motto “to serve, rather than be served “. Each chapter is independent. Our Ladies of Charity – Lake Travis chapter is the second largest in the USA in terms of aid provided and volunteer hours.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, patron of all charity, the Ladies of Charity responded to the needs of the poor in seventeenth century France. Together with St. Louise de Marillac, they went quietly about their tasks, seeking no recognition, satisfied with the knowledge that they were serving Christ in the person of the poor. THE LADIES OF CHARITY, since their origin, have possessed the charism of their founder, daily prayer, and personal service to the poor. That same Vincentian spirit characterizes the Association today. It asks for 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.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE LADIES OF CHARITY USA (LCUSA)
Providing Vincentian Leadership to Women Acting Together Against All Forms of Poverty.
VISION STATEMENT OF THE LADIES OF CHARITY USA (LCUSA)
LCUSA-AIC provides Vincentian leadership of transformation, assisting persons who are vulnerable to move from marginalization and despair to participation and hope.
to serve, rather than be served
- Assist local associations to continue, expand and improve their charitable and spiritual works according to the directives and in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton through personal service to those in need.
- Adopt the Vincentian model of Systemic Change in implementing projects and encourage collaboration with other members of the Vincentian Family and compatible organizations in developing the projects.
- Advocate the rights of those living in poverty.
- Encourage and aid in communications, to promote and strengthen unity, to share ideas and information among all the associations, and to foster the formation of new associations of Ladies of Charity in collaboration with the other branches of the Vincentian family.
- Foster more vital links with the International Association of Charities (AIC) to profit from the experiences of Ladies of Charity worldwide and to be supportive of sister associations in their efforts to respond to unmet needs.