Since 1633, the Daughters of Charity have taken a unique leadership role throughout the world, actively bringing the mission of Jesus Christ to life by serving the sick, and our brothers and sisters who are poor. Since 1969, when the Province of the West was formed, we have carried on that revered tradition in our ministries. Our Heritage Story embraces all of our Sisters who have gone before us in faith, service and most of all, charity. In 1852, and again in 1856, each one of our predecessors answered a calling that brought them to the western edge of our continent, settling in northern and southern California to provide a voice for the voiceless. Their challenges were plentiful, but divine grace sustained them as they endured hardships and prospered in the name of those whom they served. Many of the hospitals, schools and communities they created still exist and continue to thrive today. We, the Daughters of Charity, Province of the West, live our mission each and every day in communion with the timeless legacy of our founders, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.