Sisters of Charity, in the Roman Catholic Church, name of many independent communities of women. Most of them owe their origin to the institute of St. Vincent de Paul, founded (1634) for works of mercy. The foundation of Mother Seton in America was affiliated to this institution. The Sisters of Charity are active in parochial schools, hospitals, orphanages, and colleges.
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