What we doPrint
As Sisters of Charity, we follow the inspiration of the Venerable Mary Aikenhead. who believed that “no great work was ever done for God except by persons of prayer.”
She saw her consecration to God as the way to bring his love to the poor and needy of her time, and we, as members of her Congregation, develop our specific spirituality through our mission to care for the poor.
As Religious belonging to an apostolic institute of pontifical right, our fundamental norm is a following of Christ as proposed by the Gospel and as presented to us in our Constitutions and traditions, which are based on the spirituality of St Ignatius.
These encourage us to be obedient to the Spirit in our response to God, to learn our common heritage, to share a common aim, and to be united in heart and mind.
In this way, we will find our path to holiness as Sisters of Charity, able to say with truth, Caritas Christi urget nos.
In a practical sense, this has taken the Sisters of Charity since they arrived in Australia 179 years ago, into health and aged care, education, social service, and issues of social justice – all areas in which the vulnerable in society are most at risk.