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Founded by St. Vincent de Paul, the Ladies of Charity responded to the needs of the poor in 17th century France. Together with St. Louise de Mariliac, they went quietly about their tasks, seeking no recognition, serving Christ in the person of the poor. The Milwaukee Chapter of the Ladies of Charity was officially chartered in November 1957.


For the past 65 years, our members have given the gift of self, time, devotion and perseverance in an effort to bring dignity to each person and to respond with compassion. We currently have 120 volunteer members, and we invite you to join our organization.


Our lasting legacy is the Children’s Clothing Center which provides free clothing to more than 1,100 children in Milwaukee each year.  We depend on the generosity of individuals to supply the clothing and pay for our rent, utilities and other expenses.   


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our history


Susan Westlake, Jane Beyer, Cathy Seelman


Paulette Pecard, Marlene Kollmeyer, Judy Moran


 Kathleen Valusek, Barb Dineen, Sarah Pandl, Paulette Pecard


Cathy Onopa, Ali Faber, Adele Eklund


Gail Proite-Adams, Francie Shea, Sally Lautmann, Beth Boemer, Cathy Liska, Lisa Barczyk


Paulette Pecard, Ali Faber

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Evelyn “Evie” Beyer served our association for many years. As recording secretary, she helped many presidents with her detailed note taking at each meeting, and she filled binders with our history. With her daughter Jane, she compiled, edited, printed and emailed our association newsletter, Charity Chat. We were blessed to have Evie as a dedicated member of our organization.


Jane Schieffer was inducted as an Affiliate to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul on Sunday, September 26th, 2010. The two characteristics of affiliation are: 1) the affiliate has helped the Daughters of Charity either by gift or by his or her devotion and work; 2) the Community offers affiliation as an expression of gratitude.

Past and local Daughters of Charity have known Jane since her days as a student nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital and her long years of nursing leadership until 1985. It is not for her professional nursing leadership, however, that Jane was recognized as an Affiliate, but rather for her role with Ladies of Charity. The majority of you reading this know the results of her energy, drive and perseverance to improve the clothing store for children and, most importantly, to recruit younger members for the organization and keep it alive and healthy for the future. Jane exemplifies the spirits of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise in her dedication to the needs of others and her zeal in alleviating suffering.

member honors
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