Who We Are
Founded in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1833 by Irish woman Mary Frances Clarke, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) is a community of Catholic women religious who, in response to a personal call from God, have chosen a vowed life of prayer, ministry and community. In response to this call, BVMs express their mission of being freed and helping others enjoy freedom in service to God’s people through their core values of freedom, education, charity and justice.
Sisters live out these values as they respond to critical human situations, especially among women and children. Many engage in ministry as educators, pastoral ministers, counselors, and advocates for the elderly and immigrants. Others work in social services, healthcare, and prayer ministry. Our commitment includes joining with others to work for justice and to care for Earth.