A warm welcome – including rising outdoor temperatures(!) – awaited members of the Charity Federation gathering in Leavenworth, Kan., this week. Participants who are meeting through Sunday, June 16, include leadership of the 13 member congregations that trace their roots to Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Seton.

The evening featured an informative and energizing presentation by the host Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs). SCL Community Officers recapped the history of their community with appearances by historic figures from the past, including three Mothers General, the spirit of the Walnut Room (where the gathering was being held), a historian from the early years and an archivist! Sisters agreed that the SCL history reflected the Providence of God as experienced in stories of other Charity Federation member congregations.

NGO liaisons of the Charity Federation met Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12. During this meeting, the group recognized Sister Marie de Paul, SCL, who is leaving her post as liaison for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth after 16 years.