|The Mission of the Ladies of
Charity of Arkansas is to improve the lives of
the poor and disadvantaged in the state of Arkansas
through education, empowerment, and evangelization.
Who are the Ladies?
They are women, inspired by the life of St. Vincent de
Paul and Louise de Marillac, who have come together to
help meet the needs of those who are poor.
homemakers, business women, teachers, and professional
women who are dedicated to helping the poor and
They are mentors and teachers who encourage and
motivate young people to develop their skills and
realize their potential.
They are advocates for the disadvantaged and poor.
They help to empower the poor to help themselves.
They try, while meeting the temporal needs of those
who are poor, to help them build self-esteem and attain
They are visionary leaders who work to meet the needs
of the poor in their community.
They are women who are imitators of Christ and who
see the face of Christ in each and everyone they meet.
The Spirit and Principal Virtues of the
Ladies of Charity.
"The confraternity of the
Ladies of Charity sprang from God in order to honor our
Lord Jesus Christ as the source and model of all
charity." - St. Vincent de Paul
Thus the purpose of an association is to have its
members imitate the Divine Savior in serving the poor,
particularly the sick poor, and in bringing them
corporal and spiritual nourishment.
According to St. Vincent, the spirit of an
association consists of those virtues which the Ladies
of Charity should practice in the corporal and spiritual
service of the poor as representing our Lord Jesus
Christ. These virtues are humility, simplicity and
St. Vincent recognized that the corporal care of the
poor often precedes the spiritual. Ordinarily the
demands of the body are more manifest than those of the
soul. The poor feel more forcibly the gnawing
pains of hunger, or the burning heat of fever, than the
privation of knowledge or of sanctifying grace.
Once the material needs have been satisfied, it is
easier to work for the spiritual needs.
2012 Group Photo taken at the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
New Member Installation Mass