Sisters’ Voices

Daughter of Charity? Why not?

It is always good to remember that a Daughter of Charity is not defined so much by what she does, as by what she is in the performance of her mission. I have more than 50 years of experience as a Daughter of Charity. What illuminates my mission is the Grace of God, the protection of Mary, our Mother and Master of spiritual and missionary life. I also see the witness of life, faith and fidelity to the mission of many Daughters of Charity who have preceded me and who are still faithful to the call of God to the mission of caring for the poor by revealing to them the love of God for them, by doing what Jesus Christ did and by giving us the example to do the same.

Sr. Zenóbia Gonçalves Torres, 78 years old and 58 years of Vocation

Rosalie Rendu Community – Rio de Janeiro

“(…) sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter, 3:15).

In such a spirit I am asking myself today, after 20 years of being a member of the Company: Daughter of Charity – why not? And there seems to be only  one answer  – hopefully more and more truthful , as time is passing by: the hope that is in me gives me conviction, that as a Daughter of Charity I am letting God love me, letting God love my neighbour through my prayer & service, letting others come closer to God.

And I trust, that one day, these words of St Vincent come true also in my life: “How consoled you will be at the hour of death for having consumed your lifefor the same purposeas Jesus Christ did, for charity, for God, for the poor!…”.

Sister from Poland