It was founded by Mary Aikenhead in 1815 “to give to the poor what the rich could buy with money”. The order now has almost 150 communities in Ireland, England and Scotland, North and South America, Australia, Nigeria, and Zambia. It has 264 sisters here, with an average age of 74 years.
How many Sisters of Charity are there?
Nearly 20,000 sisters live in 2,300 communities found in 91 countries around the world. These sisters work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to homeless shelters.
How many Irish nuns are there?
In 1999 there were 10,997 nuns in the country. In 2000 this had dropped to 10,349, and by 2002 it had declined to 9,849. With so few joining the 123 congregations and with the vast majority of nuns over the age of 60, this decline is set to become even greater in the next decade.
Is Sisters of Charity the same as Daughters of Charity?
“Sisters of Charity” and “Daughters of Charity” are often used interchangeably but they are in fact different communities. The model community on which John Carroll and the French Sulpicians had in mind for Mother Seton’s community was the Daughters of Charity.
What do Sisters of Charity do?
The Mission of the Sisters of Charity Foundation is to provide support for and financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit poor and marginalised people.
How many schools did the Sisters of Charity establish?
Over eighty schools have been opened by the Sisters of Charity.
Do nuns still exist in Ireland?
The Sisters of Mercy is an international congregation, with 2,750 members in Ireland, South America, Africa, and the US. Some 2,283 of these are working in Ireland, while 90 are in the US and 32 in South Africa.
How many nuns are left?