First Confraternity of Charity (1617)

In August 1617, St. Vincent de Paul proposed that the women of the parish in Châtillon-les-Dombes join together for organized charity. It was the first institutional expression of the Vincentian charism– lay leadership for social action. Both the Ladies of Charity and the Daughters of Charity arose from confraternities. Read the story as told by St. Vincent himself in this presentation.