Our Vincentian Family

    People walking together with hands behind their backsEach year on the 25th of March our sister organisation within
    the Vincentian Family, the Daughters of Charity renew their
    vows, they do this to re-affirm their commitment to their
    life and the Vincentian spirituality they espouse and live. This
    renewal of vows has an historical basis as they are religious
    Sisters and not as they and others are referred to as Nuns. The
    difference being Nuns are cloistered and religious sisters are,
    historically this would have hampered the work they did when
    they were founded and to get around the constrictions imposed
    by the Church, they took annual vows on the Feast of the An-

    This practice still exists today within the Daughters,
    with the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service to the
    poor being renewed or taken on that day. This allows them to
    have space and time between the expiration of one and the
    renewal of the other, where they can reflect on their ‘vowed’ life
    and make the commitment to live out the charism of Vincent de
    Paul and Louise De Marillac.

    By Padraic Cassidy

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