Dear Friend of the Sisters,
Hospitable, loving, kind, nurturing, savvy, adaptive, determined, dedicated, business minded, well-educated, attentive…
These are just a few characteristics describing the Daughters of Divine Charity which, combined, ensure the success of their numerous ministries across the United States. Beginning with the Foundress, Mother Francisca, through to the Sisters overseeing today’s operations, these faithful women’s devotion to God and His people has been unyielding. Each time the Sisters faced opposition or challenges, such as fires, floods, or lack of funds they persevered.
Today’s world of nearly nonexistent vocations forces our senior Sisters to remain in administrative positions at each ministry far longer than usual. With decades of experience behind them, they are perhaps the most effective women leaders to Plan and oversee major transformations and necessary updates within each apostolate we operate.
For decades, the Sisters have focused their attention on preserving the life of the buildings that house their ministries. They sacrificed their own comfort and delayed improvements and renovations to their living quarters in order to provide the best possible situations for those in their care. Even today, at St. Elizabeth’s, an Assisting Living Facility in Michigan, the Sisters are moving residents into the newer convent area and relocating themselves to the older original building which they acquired in 1943 and which has been in disuse for many years. This will allow the residents to receive better daily care from health aides, better mobility from the community areas to their private quarters, and will provide ample space for visiting families. Yet, the Sisters will need to make alterations to their space including bringing plumbing and electrical work in the long-unused areas up to code, modernizing the heating system and providing stair lifts for them.
Recently, we turned our attention to St. Mary’s Residence, a home in New York for young women receiving an education or beginning a career. The Sisters used a loan to carry out major renovations to the 1970s building from plumbing to HVAC to updating the main lobby and providing the much-needed internet access throughout the building. Meanwhile, the Sisters’ living quarters have only received the slightest adjustments.
The Sisters have provided exceptional care to the thousands of women who have come under their roofs. They have managed each ministry’s building to the best of their ability. Today, I ask you to consider what you can give to help the Sisters in Michigan, New York, Ohio, and California. Most of the Sisters are now retired and well into their senior years. Yet, they do without the daily comforts most seniors are able to enjoy. Won’t you please consider making a gift today of $25 or more to allow us to update the convents to best suit the needs of our hardest working Sisters?
In recognition and appreciation of your gift, the Sisters will remember your intentions during the upcoming St. Joseph’s Novena. Over the next year, it is our goal to share with you all the modifications we are able to make to the Sisters’ living quarters. Thank you again for all that you do to help the Sisters and to support their endeavors across the United States. Without your support, their legacy would not be able to continue.
Gratefully yours in prayer,
Sister M. William McGovern, F.D.C.
P.S. We know how much you have helped our Sisters in the past and would be most grateful if you could make a gift at this time.