Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul

Augustinian Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus


Founded, Date/Place 29th Nov. 1633, France
Founder St. Vincent De Paul and St. Louise de Marrilac
Canonical Status Pontifical Right, 8th June, 1668
Motto "Caristas Christi urget nos" – "The charity of Jesus Cricified urges us"
Charism The Corporal and spiritual service of Jesus Christ in persons who are poor.
Mission Statement "We are a diversely gifted, faith Community of Consecrated Women committed to our personal on-going conversion, radically given to God for the evangelization and development of persons who are poor. We serve them with joy, renewed apostolic zeal, missionary enthusiasm, interior freedom and audacious charity, to change systems that keep people in poverty, in collaboration with others who promote justice, peace and the dignity of the human person, following the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ and our founder."
Purpose "The principal end for which God called and assembled the Daughters of Charity, serving Him corporally and spiritually in the person of the poor..." (Constitution 1.3, page 6).
Address of Provincialate St. Louise's Provincial House. P. O. Box 123,
Nchia-Eleme, Rivers State.
Location of Principal House in Nigeria Nchia-Eleme, Rivers State
Names of Places where we are
Places of Apostolate in Nigeria
Archdioceses of Abuja, Benin and Lagos; Dioceses of Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Warri, Issele- Uku, Uromi, Ondo, Kano, and Kontagora.
Places of Apostolate in Ghana Archdiocese of Kumasi; Dioceses of Konongo-Mampong and Navrongo-Bolgatanga
Place of Apostolate in Burkina Faso Diocese of Nouna
Location of our formation Houses a) Postulate- Enniong-Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
b) Seminary-Nchia- Eleme, Rivers State


Sr. Gloria Aniebonam, DC
Provincial Superior: Sr. Gloria Aniebonam, DC

Louise's Provincial House
P. O. Box 123
Nchia Eleme 501001
Rivers State

Mobil: 08036732206,08036736085

Email: dcvisng@gmail.com

Private: gmariebonam@yahoo.co.uk

Our Apostolate

The Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Servants of the Poor belongs to the society of apostolic life. It was founded on November 29th, 1633 by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise the Marillac as a response to the cries of persons who are poor in 17th Century France. Over time, the Company grew and spread to other parts of the globe, where her members continue to witness to the Charity of Jesus Christ, in the service of persons who are poor and marginalized. They carry out their service in the spirit of humility, simplicity and charity. Today the Daughters of Charity span the globe in about 93 countries with over 17,000 members!

Charism and Spirituality:
The principal aim for which God called and assembled the Daughters of Charity is to honor our Lord Jesus Christ as the source and model of all charity, serving him spiritually and corporally in the person of the poor. (St. Vincent, Common Rules of the Daughters of Charity (1,1), Doc.149a,X111b, 147). Through faith, the Daughters of Charity see Christ in those who are poor, and they see those who are poor in Christ. They serve Him in His suffering members with compassion, gentleness, cordiality, respect and devotion. (St. Vincent, 11 November, 1657 X, Conf. 85).

Information about Our Foundress & Founder- St. Vincent De Paul And St. Louise De Marillac

St. Vincent De Paul
St. Vincent de Paul is almost a household name in many parts of the world today as he is widely known as the patron of all kinds of charitable works.

Vincent was born on the 24th of April 1581 in Southern France, son of peasant farmers. At his early age, he proved himself a scholar, his father later sacrificed the best of his life stock to send him to the University of Toulouse to study for the priesthood. Priesthood in those days was a means of obtaining wealth and position. After his ordination, Vincent underwent many difficulties, humiliations and sufferings and was even captured into slavery. But God intervened in Vincent's life as he was forced to re-examine his goals and life style. He realized that his desire for wealth was at the root of his inner conflict. To be free of it, he gave all his money to the most needy and found Christ in a new way- IN PERSONS WHO ARE POOR, whom he called his "Lords and Masters".

Vincent extended his activities to every form of suffering humanity, alleviating their misery and above all, defending their dignity and rights. Vincent was very zealous in bringing God to the poor. He needed Priests and brothers to help him bring spiritual needs to the poor, so in 1625, he founded the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers and Brothers).

As the works of the poor became immense and diversified, he tried to stir up in the rich an awareness of the misery and wretchedness of the oppressed and marginalized. Some great ladies came to Vincent's assistance and with them he established the Confraternity of Charity (Ladies of Charity). These were women of noble class. Although the Ladies of Charity were rendering great services to the poor, Vincent was not satisfied with their method of service since the ladies often had no personal contact with the poor but sent them food and drugs through their maids. Vincent prayed for young girls who would dedicate their lives entirely to God for the service of the poor. Eventually a group of young village girls gathered and Vincent could not find a more worthy person to train them than Louise de Marillac, whom he had worked closely with for some time.

This was the beginning of the Daughters of Charity. Vincent guided and directed these young women and entrusted them to the spiritual and all round formation of Louise de Marillac. Vincent died in 1660 and he was proclaimed a saint in 1737. He was named the patron saint of all works of charity by Pope Leo XIII. His feast is celebrated on the 27th September, the anniversary of his death.

St. Louise De Marillac
Born out of wedlock in Paris in 1581, Louise never knew who her mother was but was acknowledged and raised by her father, a member of the aristocrat. When her father married, Louise had a difficult time adjusting consequently, she was sent as a resident student to a Dominican convent where her aunt was a religious. This experience deepened Louise's introspective ways, her many intellectual skills, as well as her desire to be a religious. When her father died and resources were limited, she lived in a boarding house where she had the opportunity to learn many basic domestic and organizational skills, as well as the secrets of herbal medicine. This experience rounded out her classical, upper-class education and prepared her well for her future service.

At 22, she was given in marriage to Antoine le Gras, secretary to the queen. They had one son. Her marital happiness was short-lived because of Antoine's poor health. She was widowed after twelve years of marriage. Louise underwent great sufferings and took a vow of widowhood so as to be more disposed to serve God and deepen her prayer life. At this time, she became acquainted with Vincent de Paul. Under Vincent's spiritual guidance and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God fashioned Louise into a strong dynamic apostle and deeply contemplative woman of prayer.

In 1629, Vincent de Paul, invited Louise to assist him with the Confraternities of Charity in the parishes of France. These tasks were therapeutic for Louise and formative for her future work and that of the Vincentian family. She conducted site visits to assure the quality of the service being offered; reviewed financial accounts for stewardship reports; and encouraged the workers and volunteers to see Christ in those whom they served.

Through this work, she gained a deep knowledge of the needs of the poor, developed her own innate managerial skills and identified effective structures for service.

On November 29, 1633 in her own home she began to train young women to address the needs of the poor and to gain support from their life together. From this humble beginning, the community of Daughters of Charity emerged. Louise provided leadership and expert management to the evolving network of services she and Vincent inspired.

Louise died on March 15, 1660 just a few months before Vincent de Paul and was proclaimed a Saint of the Church in 1934. In 1960 Pope John XXIII proclaimed her the Patroness of all Social Workers. Her feast day is kept on the 15th of March, the anniversary of her death.

Ministries /Apostolates:
Care of Elderly Persons
Education and Youth Ministry
Health Care and Nursing
Care of Children
Women's Promotion
Pastoral Care
Retreats and Spiritual Direction
Supporting Prisoner

Arrival in Nigeria:
The Daughters of Charity came to Nigeria on 30th September 1963, when three missionary Sisters (Daughters of Charity) from the Province of Great Britain came to settle in Uyo, Akwa- Ibom State at the request of Bishop Moynagh SPS, who was then, the Bishop of Calabar. Eleven years later, young Nigerian Women who felt the call to share in the charism of St. Vincent de Pauland St. Louisede Marillac were received into the Company.

The Daughters of Charity in Nigeria became a region under the Province of Ireland on the 25th April 1976. In September 1993 it rose to the status of a Vice Province and since 1st February 2001 it has the Status of a Province. The Province of Nigeria is made up of Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

The Daughters of Charity have continued to grow and spread throughout Nigeria and beyond. Today, there are 148 Daughters of Charity in the Province of Nigeria serving in 26 locations in the three countries mentioned above.

Special Contribution to the Church In Nigeria:
The Daughters of Charity in Nigeria have remained a beacon of hope for diverse people with wide-ranging needs. Her works span a broad range of services and advocacies to address the root causes of poverty, by partnering with the local people and government, recognizing individual needs while respecting the socio-economic, cultural and political realities of each region.

Some of her services are both owned and managed by the Daughters of Charity, although most are owned by some dioceses and managed by the Daughters of Charity.

Significant impacts of the services of the Daughters of Charity arise from the person-centred approach, enabling and life saving programs which have a multiplier/ripple effect on the larger society. Other remarkable achievements include among others;

Integration of people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, people affected by leprosy etc into the community, restoring dignity, self worth, promoting family support and improved lifestyle.

Reduction in crime rate, change in societal attitudes/stigma towards people living with disabilities.

Increase in educational opportunities for street children, children with disability and children of people affected by leprosy (PALS) Decrease in mortality rate especially in children where the Daughters of Charity work.

Sisters in Perpetual Vows

  1. Sr. Justina Arima
  2. Sr. Philomena Okwu
  3. Sr. Benardine Chimeziri
  4. Sr. Theresa Duru
  5. Sr. Francesca Edet
  6. Sr. Felicia Ezeimo
  7. Sr. Franca Opara
  8. Sr. Margaretmary Ekanem
  9. Sr. Bernadette Onuoha
  10. Sr. Margaret Ekeh
  11. Sr. Gloria Aniebonam
  12. Sr. Sylvia Anyanwu
  13. Sr. Theresa Archibong
  14. Sr. Bibiana Emenaha
  15. Sr. Perpetua Essien
  16. Sr. Marie Therese Okon
  17. Sr. Angelina Amanfo
  18. Sr. Emelia Asuquo
  19. Sr. Fidelia Odoemena
  20. Sr. Mary Okoro
  21. Sr. Gertrude Amasiatu
  22. Sr. Catherine Eking
  23. Sr. Augustina Ezeani
  24. Sr. Brenda Hunter
  25. Sr. Patricia Mary Ezissi
  26. Sr. Christiana Igechi
  27. Sr. Cecilia Okanwikpo
  28. Sr. Bernadette Uko
  29. Sr. Roseline Ibok
  30. Sr. Stella Mbanu
  31. Sr. Angela Rose Ogu
  32. Sr. Juliana Okeke
  33. Sr. Margaret Udoh
  34. Sr. Bridget Abbah
  35. Sr. Emerechi Alimnu
  36. Sr. Ifeoma Arinze
  37. Sr. Theresa Eke
  38. Sr. Florence Igoche
  39. Sr. Maria Kanabe
  40. Sr. Chinenye Keke
  41. Sr. Mary Okeke
  42. Sr. Agatha Nkemnjika
  43. Sr. Susan Udunna
  44. Sr. Marie-Therese Ukwak
  45. Sr. Olivia Umoh
  46. Sr. Christine Uwaechie
  47. Sr. Fidelia Unigwe
  48. Sr. Martha Ali
  49. Sr. Theresa Anosike
  50. Sr. Bibiana Dura
  51. Sr. Immaculate Enyoazu
  52. Sr. Catherine Nkereuwem
  53. Sr. Josephine Okwori
  54. Sr. Ngozi Aluka
  55. Sr. Elmamary Ekewuba
  56. Sr. Esther Ekpo
  57. Sr. Genevieve Uduk
  58. Sr. Roseline Dee
  59. Sr. Baridi Diidi
  60. Sr. Bernardine Pemii
  61. Sr. Beatrice Alaribe
  62. Sr. Scholastica Achinkumbur
  63. Sr. Funmilayo Arifayan
  64. Sr. Pauline Ekanem
  65. Sr. Nkechi Eze
  66. Sr. Toyin Abegunde
  67. Sr. Monica Ebuogbei
  68. Sr. Anastasia Ezedimbu
  1. Sr. Paulina Onwe
  2. Sr. Ifeanyi Opara
  3. Sr. Regina Achor
  4. Sr. Veronica Ogodo
  5. Sr. Helen Ojuh
  6. Sr. Toyin Amoko
  7. Sr. Ndidi Aroh
  8. Sr. Angelina Egane Mark
  9. Sr. Joyce Ikott
  10. Sr. Esther Osuagwu
  11. Sr. Maria Dabang
  12. Sr. Theresa John Thaddeus
  13. Sr. Onyemowo Ogbanje
  14. Sr. Augusta Aigbiremonlen
  15. Sr. Francesca Isiuwe
  16. Sr. Antonia Iyade
  17. Sr. Benedicta Osih
  18. Sr. Charity Okih Peter
  19. Sr. Victoria Nwosu
  20. Sr. Grace Umoren
  21. Sr. Patricia Amadi
  22. Sr. Rosemary Ologbonde
  23. Sr. Angela Onah
  24. Sr. Ojonoka Acheneje
  25. Sr. Ngozika Igwe
  26. Sr. Nancy Ijabi
  27. Sr. Theresa Nwokorie
  28. Sr. Margaret Ogbuja
  29. Sr. Calorine Ologunwa
  30. Sr. Fidelia Zabbey
  31. Sr. Lucy Adasu
  32. Sr. Theresa Antigha
  33. Sr. Sylvia Efekalam
  34. Sr. Gertrude Gima Laabel
  35. Sr. Stella Mameh
  36. Sr. Uche Nwakonobi
  37. Sr. Edwina Okeawolam
  38. Sr. Okparaeke Lynda
  39. Sr. Francesca Dike
  40. Sr. Florence Emmanuel
  41. Sr. Stella-Julie Obi
  42. Sr. Janet Deinaneghan
  43. Sr. Juliana Onukwufor
  44. Sr. Martha Uko Emmanuel
  45. Sr. Perpetua Okolie
  46. Sr. Cecilia Akong
  47. Sr. Mary Cynthia Amaudo
  48. Sr. Cynthia Obi
  49. Sr. Eno-obong Ukoh
  50. Sr. Stella Agbawa
  51. Sr. Scholastica Ashibuogwu
  52. Sr. Francesca Nkemjika
  53. Sr. Ima-Obong Afangide
  54. Sr. Monica Akpan
  55. Sr. Chinyere Oguajanma
  56. Sr. Eugenia Onuorah
  57. Sr. Juliet Ugwu
  58. Sr. Martha Achumie
  59. Sr. Fidelma Akata
  60. Sr. Bibian Azeh
  61. Sr. Victoria George Kingsley
  62. Sr. Rebecca Agwiye
  63. Sr. Clare Anyado
  64. Sr. Anthonia Ojogwu
  65. Sr. Mavis Ayamga
  66. Sr. Mary Gbanaab
  67. Sr. Anna Machine
  68. Sr. Nwamaka Muoneke

Number of Sisters in Temporary Vows – 12

Necrology

  1. Sr. Catherin Okafor, DC 28th Sept, 1986.
  2. Sr. Roseline Idoko, DC 28th Sept, 1989.
  3. Sr. Funmilola J. Arifayan, DC 26th Aug, 2003.
  1. Sr. Ijeoma M. Frances Ejifugha, DC 15,July, 2012
  2. Sr. Preye Bridget Ewarewa, DC 13th April, 2005..
  3. Sr. Theresa Madu, DC 4th Dec, 2016.