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Freed by Love, Acting for Justice.

We are the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque, Iowa. We follow in the footsteps of our Irish foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, who answered God's call to serve immigrants in the United States more than 175 years ago. We continue to respond to God's love by serving wherever needed. We find strength in our faith in God, in one another, and with the people we serve.

Our core values of freedom, education, charity and justice guide our lives and choice of ministry. Some of our sisters are educators, pastoral ministers, counselors and advocates for the elderly and immigrants; others work in social services, healthcare and in prayer ministry. Our commitment includes joining with others to work for justice and to care for Earth. We have a strength that comes from appreciating the unique gifts of our sisters and encouraging one another to offer freely those gifts in service.

Trust and a spirit of joy enliven our community of Catholic Sisters because God's love frees us. This freedom calls us to honor diversity, to act against injustice, and to stand humbly before God with gratitude.

We are the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Freed by Love, Acting for Justice.