The Daughters of Charity

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From 1633 on, Vincent also gave frequent conferences to the Daughters as part of their formation. Many of these were transcribed in one way or another. They form one of the principal fonts for understanding the life, mission, and spirituality of the community. The principal elements in the Common Rules of the Daughters also come from Vincent’s pen, though they were finally edited, approved, and published by his successor, René Alméras, in 1672. Vincent often talked to the Daughters of Charity about the need to teach the catechism. He encouraged them to open schools for poor girls. Numerous such “little schools” were opened in France during his and Louise’s lifetimes, as well as one in Poland.

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