If I remember right, the Daughters were founded by Ste. Jeanne Françoise de Chantal, a widow and dear friend of St. François de Sales. His books are full of loving wisdom, and if I remember what I have read about her, so was her heart. I hope her Daughters fly straight to heaven on the wings of their veils.Thank you, Dymphna! One again, a great post!
We were founded by St Louise de Marillac and St Vincent de Paul in the 17th century and Francis and Jane were good friends of theirs. The 2 of them founded the Visitandines, a clositered congregation, very different from ours. Francis asked Vincent to be their Director after his death.Thank you for your affirmation of the Daughters..we do not wear the wings anymore. A Daughter of Charity in St Louis
Both of my mother's sisters were Daughtres of Charity. My Aunt, Sr. Serena Branson, was the Director of Catholic Charities for Albany, New York. My other Aunt, Sr. Anna Marie Branson was a missionary in South America. Sadly, they have now gone the way of other orders, donning street clothes. Pink lipstick and polyester. May God have mercy on them...
Maria,you come from a wonderful family. The Branson's were wonderful Daughters of Charity and their memory is an on-going inspiration to us. We continue the same service of the poor your aunts gave their lives and creativity for. We have simplified our habit. We do wear blue and white and keep it simple as did the first Daughters. I don't know any Daughters who are into makeup and clothes that do not exhibit who we are as servants of the poor.
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