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We are The Religious Sisters of Charity, a religious congregation of women dedicated to working with the poor, vulnerable and marginalised. Our congregation was founded by Mary Aikenhead in Ireland in 1815. We hope you enjoy visiting our website and learning about our Congregation.


app-itfoma-thumb2The free and downloadable App ‘In the Footsteps of Mary Aikenhead’ was launched in July 2015, bringing the story of our Foundress to a new audience in the bi-centenary year of the Congregation.
View the short VIDEO to learn more about the App and download it by clicking on the links below.



Where We Work

  • Ireland

    Since the time of Mother Mary Aikenhead our sisters have ministered in various parts of Ireland. Today our sisters are present in Dublin, Cork, Clarinbridge, Kilkenny, Tramore and Clonmel. Read More...

  • England/Scotland

    In 1840 a request came for the Congregation to establish a house in Preston, England. Today sisters are present in Clydebank, Airdrie, Birkenhead, Rock Ferry, Birmingham, Bristol and London. Read More...

  • Zambia

    The sisters first went to Chikuni, Monze Diocese in Zambia in 1948. They continue to minister in Monze Diocese, the Archdiocese of Lusaka, and the Dioceses of Ndola, Solwezi and Mpika. Read More...

  • California/Venezuela

    At the invitation of Cardinal McIntyre the sisters arrived in Long Beach, California in 1953. Today they minister in San Fernando, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Culver City, Garden Grove and San Pedro. From 1980 - 2012 the sisters were also present in Venezuela. Read More...

  • Nigeria

    In 1959 Archbishop Taylor of Lagos invited the Congregation to come and minister in Nigeria. The first four sisters arrived in 1961. Today sisters are present in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Ibadan. Read More...

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    In January 2009 the Apostolic Nuncio of Zambia/Malawi, Archbishop Nicholas Girasoli, upon hearing of our interest to move into a new country asked Bishop Musikuwa of Chikwawa Diocese, who was in need of personnel, to invite us to Malawi - a new community was opened in Konzalendo, Malawi on 8th October 2011. Read More...