Saint Louise de Marillac

Celebrating Saint Louise de Marillac: A Pillar of Charity and Compassion

On March 15, the Vincentian Family and the brothers of the Congregation of the Mission fondly and gratefully remember Saint Louise de Marillac, co-founder along with Saint Vincent de Paul of the Daughters of Charity. Her life, an example of resilience, deep spirituality, and unconditional dedication to the most needy, remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for all of us.

A Life Dedicated to Service

Born in Paris in 1591, Louise de Marillac overcame personal and social challenges to dedicate herself body and soul to the cause of the poor and marginalized. Her collaboration with Saint Vincent de Paul marked the beginning of a revolution in the way assistance was provided to the less fortunate, laying the foundations for modern social service.

Co-Founder of the Daughters of Charity

On November 29, 1633, Louise and Vincent founded the Company of the Daughters of Charity, a female religious order dedicated to the service of the poor, sick, and forgotten. This step represented a breakthrough for the time, allowing women to actively dedicate themselves to external ministry, beyond the traditional boundaries of female religious life.

Spirituality and Legacy

The spirituality of Saint Louise de Marillac is deeply rooted in love and trust in God, dedication to the service of others, and the conviction that by caring for the poor, one encounters Christ Himself. Her life is a model of humility, patience, and charity, which continues to inspire current generations.

An Invitation to Celebration

On March 15, let us join in prayer and reflection to honor the legacy of Saint Louise de Marillac. Her life teaches us the importance of selfless service and love for our neighbor, values that are more necessary than ever in today’s world. We invite every member of the Vincentian Family to reflect on how we can embody the spirit of Saint Louise in our communities and in our daily work.

Saint Louise de Marillac is a figure who transcends time, whose legacy continues to inspire those seeking to live a life of service and dedication. On the day of her feast, we celebrate not only her extraordinary life but also the ongoing impact of her work through the Vincentian Family around the world. May her life be for all of us a beacon of hope and a call to action.

Girolamo Grammatico
Communication Office