Many Vincentian Collaborative System facilities hold feasts and celebrations to commemorate St. Louise de Marillac each year on March 15.
Along with St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise founded the Daughters of Charity, a community of women devoted to serve the poor and sick. This community wore the dress of ordinary women; they cared for others in their homes and on the streets. St. Vincent de Paul instructed them, “Your convent will be the house of the sick; your chapel, the parish church; your veil, holy modesty.”
It is with this service to others in mind that employees celebrate and honor St. Louise. As our mission and values state: we are compelled by the love of Christ… we nurture and sustain… we provide compassionate care… we support dignity and quality for those we serve.
This year, employees from the VCS administration building formed a new tradition in honor of St. Louise. They held a 1950s Hawaiian Ice Cream Social for residents at Vincentian Home’s Assisted Living facility. The staff provided festive Hawaiian attire for all, served lunch to the residents, waited on tables taking ice cream orders from a menu, and served up tasty desserts. A raffle drawing was held for residents, and some residents even joined in a little dancing to the festive 50’s beats. VCS staff hopes this will be a tradition of service that they can continue.