Friday, April 11, 2008

Sad news for Dallas

This letter from the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul brings sad news to our community. They are withdrawing from the Dallas diocese.

Please join me on April 26th to celebrate their incredible contributions to Dallas.

The Daughters of Charity invite all to join them in thanking God
for the privilege of serving with the people of Dallas for 113 years.

Eucharistic Liturgy of Thanksgiving
Saturday, April 26, 2008
1:30 PM
Holy Trinity Church
3826 Gilbert Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

Reception following in the Community Life Center.

The Daughters of Charity of the St. Louis Province announce with sadness that the Sisters will leave the Dallas area by the summer of 2008. This decision was made after a lengthy process of prayer and discernment.

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul have served in many ministries in the diocese of Dallas, TX since they arrived in 1895 at the St. Joseph Orphanage in Oak Cliff. Over the past 113 years, more than four hundred Daughters have served in social ministry, health, education, parish ministry, diocesan ministry and community organizing.

Several factors were involved in the decision by the St. Louis province to withdraw from the area. The most compelling reason is the decrease in the number of Sisters available to staff ministries. The Daughters of Charity are grateful to have worked with many people and organizations committed to serving those who live in poverty. The Vincentian spirit and charism are alive and well in many persons and ministries in the diocese, and this reality gives the Daughters of Charity consolation as they make this difficult decision.

The Daughters of Charity treasure the relationships they have developed and the ministries where they have served in the Dallas area. They have been privileged to work with generations of extraordinary people, building and enhancing services for those in need. Partnering with organizations, institutions, parishes and individuals, the Daughters have built countless friendships that will remain in their hearts and prayers.

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