LADIES OF CHARITY OF ARKANSAS
St. Vincent de Paul, our Founder, September 27
St. Catherine Laboure, November 28
Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
St. Louise de Marillac, May 9
Vincentian Spiritual Advisor.
Fr. Toshio Sato, CM
Sr. Mary Ann Azar, DC
To serve rather than to be served in humility, simplicity, and charity.
A Blessed Beginning
The seeds of the Ladies of Charity were planted by St. Vincent de Paul almost 400 years ago in 1617 at Chatillon-les-Dombes in the diocese of Lyons in the mountainous region of eastern France. With the assistance of St. Louise de Marillac, the seeds germinated and took root in the French countryside and then throughout the world.
In 1857, seeds fell from the mother tree onto fertile soil in the United States when Catherine Harkins was directed to continue the work of Vincent and Louise as a Lady of Charity. The number of associations grew and in 1960 it was decided to form a national organization, the Ladies of Charity of the United States of America,
Finally, in 1972, the Ladies of Charity of the United States joined associations around the world and formed the International Association of Charities (AIC). Thus, the seed sown by St. Vincent in 1617 has become a huge tree that extends its branches to 50 countries with a world-wide membership of 260,000 lay volunteers.
Ladies of Charity of Arkansas
Founded: March 27, 2008
Founding Board of Directors:
Founding President: Kristy Eanes;
VP: Sandy DeCoursey; Secretary: Jan Brass; Treasurer: Jackie Kaufman; Vincentian Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Tom Stehlik, CM; Sister Moderator, Sr. Mary Lou Stubbs, DC
The Ladies of Charity of Arkansas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization listed in the Official Catholic Directory (OCD) under the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock. It is the first local chapter of the Ladies of Charity in the state of Arkansas and began in January 2008 with the approval of then Diocesan Administrator J. Gaston Hebert followed by the signing of the Charter by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor in the Spring of 2008, 7th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock.
The Ladies of Charity of Arkansas is affiliated with the national Ladies of Charity of the United States of America and a member of the International Association of Charities (AIC).