We are a congregation of religious women, founded by Mary Aikenhead in 1815, in Dublin, Ireland, and living and working on three continents. Mary Aikenhead’s special gift to the Church and society of her time, which has been handed down through the ages to our day, was service of the poor. This special gift is our charism. We give expression to it by taking a fourth vow of service of the poor. We express our dedication and commitment to people who are poor primarily through our work and how we live. This expression varies at different times and in different cultural contexts. An important aspect of our lives is sharing our charism with the people amongst whom we live and work.