Mission of Love
As Sisters of Charity we, with the Church, view each individual as a dwelling place of the Spirit. As we go about our daily lives, we strive to put this awareness into action by the way we speak and act towards others. Wherever, whenever and however possible we seek to proclaim Christ’s message of love and hope to the people of God, especially the poor, the forgotten, the lonely, and the despairing. We recognize that within ourselves there is a struggle between body and soul and so we seek reintegration and healing for ourselves and others. We do this by our simple kindness, graciousness, and joy. We hope to say, by our charity, “You are good! You are loved! You are cared for and known by the Lord our God! You, my child, are worthy of the Kingdom of God!”
Works of Charity
As Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church we serve the people of God in a spirit of heartfelt simplicity. We were founded in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul to sanctify ourselves and others through the works of charity. We care for the poor and needy by spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We were originally founded by Bishop John Zwisjen specifically to educate, prepare, and form young women to impact the world. Bishop Zwisjen also wished that the Sisters cared for the elderly. We strive to carry out his mission today.
We are always mindful of adapting our various apostolates to the needs of the Church in the present day. Today, we commit ourselves to the following works of charity:
Care of the Elderly
Closely following in the footsteps of Christ and remaining faithful to our founder’s vision, we spend ourselves caring for the sick and elderly. In the Motherhouse we have our Perpetual Help Center, named after Our Lady of Perpetual Help. There we care for our elderly and sick Sisters. We consider it a privilege to serve our faithful Sisters who are now the spiritual backbone of our Congregation. There are Sister-nurses stationed here and also in our nursing home and assisted living facility in Wisconsin. One Sister says, “It’s like caring for Christ Himself.” Every Sister involved in the nursing apostolate strives to be Jesus’ hands and feet on earth; she heals the sick and says with her life, “You are good and precious in our Father’s eyes.”