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Who we are

We are a congregation of religious women, founded by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, in Dublin, Ireland, and living and working on three continents.

Mary Aikenhead’s special gift to the Church and society of her time, which has been handed down through the ages to our day, was service of the poor. This special gift is called charism. We give expression to it by taking a fourth vow of service of the poor.

We express our dedication and commitment to people who are poor primarily through our work and how we live. This expression varies at different times and in different cultural contexts. During a General Chapter it is expressed in written form, as a statement of our vision for the work of the congregation for a period of six years.

An important aspect of our lives is sharing our charism with the people amongst whom we live and work.

Because of her experience and training with the sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in York, England, Mary Aikenhead chose Ignatian spirituality for her congregation. This spirituality of is a way of expressing the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. At the heart of Ignatian spirituality are the Spiritual Practices of St Ignatius of Loyola. They call us:

  • to seek and find God in all things
  • to be a contemplative, even in the midst of activity
  • to a love that leads to total surrender

Discernment is at the heart of our lives.

This means seeking to discover that course of action which is for God's greater glory. It requires an openness in prayer and communication, listening to what the Spirit is saying in others and in oneself, and gathering all the information necessary to make the best decision.

A particular aspect of Mary Aikenhead's spirituality was her complete dependence on Divine Providence. Her trust that God would provide all that she needed to serve the poor never wavered. Trust in Divine Providence remains central to the spirituality of the Religious Sisters of Charity today.

Use of the Religious Sisters of Charity Crest

RSC Crest V1 RGB vertical June 2013The Religious Sisters of Charity Crest is the primary, symbolic component of the Congregation’s visual identity.  A document entitled RSC ‘Visual Identity Guidelines’ has been designed to give clear and easy-to-follow guidelines when reproducing the RSC Crest.  Click HERE to view the document.
The aim is to ensure the correct use of the Crest and its associated visual elements including typeface and colours.  Correct use of the Crest respects and conveys the Religious Sisters of Charity heritage, tradition and values.
If you seek to reproduce the Crest please contact:

The Generalate, Religious Sisters of Charity, Caritas, 15 Gilford Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland.  Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.