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The Religious Sisters of Charity are a congregation of religious women, founded by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, in Dublin. Mary Aikenhead was a woman of great faith, a visionary whose dream was to give to people who were poor, what people who had money could buy. Today, we continue to follow her dream in Ireland, England, Scotland, Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, California and Australia.
Strengthened by vowed consecration, nurtured by prayer and the Eucharist, sustained by community living we bring God’s love and compassion to those who are most in need.
We express our dedication and commitment primarily through our work but also how we live together as part of a community. We take four vows; the three vows that most religious orders take, chastity, poverty and obedience, and a fourth vow that is specific to our congregation, ‘service of the poor’.
Our motto is taken from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (5:14) – Caritas Christi Urget Nos. This translates as ‘The Love of Christ Urges Us On’.