About Us

We are committed Christian workers. We work together and are spurred on by the situations or urgency to build a better world. We successfully carry out projects against various forms of injustice – projects which promote the individual, following the example of Saint Vincent and Saint Louise de Marillac. Service to others is offered, without expecting remuneration, out of love, because it is our calling. “God loves the one who gives gladly.”

Brief History

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As early as 1861, Fr. Cuevas SJ who saw the need to assist the poor people in Manila organized the Confraternity of Charity even before the Vincentians and the Daughters of Charity had arrived in the Philippines. In June 1950, Fr. Zacarias Subiñas CM organized the Association of the Ladies of Charity in the Philippines initially called "Damas de la Caridad". On April 29, 1994, the Association was registered with the SEC as the Ladies of Charity-AIC Philippines, Inc. From a membership of 20 in 1950, the Ladies of Charity have spread out to other regions in the Philippines. At present, there are over 90 units and over 2,000 members nationwide.

The Ladies of Charity continue to do the works that St. Vincent de Paul started 400 years ago. And they have added more as poverty continues to spread and acquire more faces. True to the challenge of St. Vincent that love is inventive to the point of infinity, the Ladies of Charity continue to grow not just in number but more so in looking for ways and means of bringing the love of God to our brothers and sisters who hunger not just for food and home but also even more, for love, for peace, for justice.


Our Vision

A well-organized group of active members inspired by the Vincentian charism to care for the poor and the environment.

Our Mission

  • To affirm the poor as children of God and the Ladies as servants of the poor.

  • Every service provided is always characterized by compassion.

  • To collaborate with religious, humanitarian organizations, other NGO's, PO's and COs.

  • The loyalty of the Ladies of Charity is always to Christ, His Church and to the Vincentian charisms.

  • The environment and integrity of the earth must always be promoted and protected as our common home.

Our Core Values

Loyalty

Collaboration / Cooperation

Affirmation

Integrity / Inventiveness

Compassion

The Purpose of the Association

“The Confraternity of the Ladies of Charity sprang from God in order to honor our Lord Jesus Christ as the source and model of all charity.” The purpose of the Association is therefore to imitate the Divine Savior in alleviating the sufferings of the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged bring corporal and spiritual nourishment to them.

The Spirit of the Association

According to St. Vincent, the spirit of the Association consists of those virtues which the Ladies of Charity should practice in the corporal and spiritual service of the poor who are the representatives of our Lord Jesus Christ:



  1. HUMILITY - Modest Sense of One's Own Significance

Humility must necessarily be the base of our charitable actions. In seeing and misery of the poor, in confronting injustices, physical and oral downfalls, a Lady of Charity remembers that the spiritual and temporal goods that she possesses are purely gifts of God. In her dealings with the poor, far from untactfully making them feel her social superiority, she will be humbled in imitation of our Divine Master: "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal to God; but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of man and in habit found as a man." She looks to God alone as the witness to her charity, her labors and her sacrifices. She does not forget that God desires that her left hand should not know what her right hand does. She shuns praise, willingly takes second place in the good that is done, seeks to remain in the background, and when ingratitude is manifested, accepts it without resentment.


  1. SIMPLICITY - Absence of Pretentiousness

A Lady of Charity inspired by the virtue of simplicity acts with her eyes fixed only on God. She does not seek recognition; she goes straight to the goal by the means that faith, religion and experience suggest. She works faithfully for the poor, and, in her contact with them, is not affected either by their word or manner. She knows that there is nothing small in the service of God and that the merit of her action lies in the purity of her intention.


  1. CHARITY - Synonymous to Love

Charity will become the Christians who bear the name - Ladies of Charity. This virtue makes it a duty to love not only God but also our neighbor. It is in the love of our neighbor that we find the proof of our love of God. As St. John said, "If he does not love his brother whom he sees, how can he love God whom he does not see?" And this commandment we have from God, that "He who loves God, loves also his brother... Let us love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it." That is the interpretation St. Vincent de Paul gave when he said that our charity for our neighbor should not be only affective but effective. A Lady of Charity shows this effective love towards the poor by visiting them regularly, interesting herself in all that concerns them, aiding them by material help, by her counsel, and if need be, by her efforts to secure employment or assistance for them from public and organized charities.

St. Vincent recognized that the corporal care of the poor often precedes the spiritual. Ordinarily, the demands of the body are more manifest than those of the soul. The poor feel more forcibly by gnawing pains of hunger of the burning heat of fever than the privation of knowledge or sanctifying grace. Once the material needs have been satisfied, it is easier to work for their spiritual needs.

Jesus Christ declared in Matthew 24:31-46 that what we do to the poor, we do to Him. Our Lord does not identify Himself physically with the poor; His is not present under the appearance of the poor as under the Eucharistic Species, but He is morally one of them. When we give a load of bread to the poor, we give it to Jesus Christ; when we offer a garment to the poor, we offer it to Jesus Christ; when we visit the poor, we visit Jesus Christ.

The Lady of Charity knows how to sympathize with the poor in their pains and their trials, listens patiently to their frequently repeated tales of woe and bears with their little whims. She will not be frightened by the difficulties inevitably found in the exercise of good works and she will not readily abandon what she has undertaken for the Glory of God. She is not afraid of fatigue and she is always willing to undergo inconvenience or trouble to relieve the misery of the poor. Thus she imitates Him who is the Lord of Charity.


Our Logo

The logo of the Ladies of Charity symbolizes the life of the Ladies. The cross stands for faith, the anchor for hope, the heart for love.

The cross invites the Ladies to carry their own cross and to follow Jesus. And Jesus is in the poor.

The anchor is an invitation to the Ladies to put all their trust and be anchored on God. Any foundation where God is not present will be similar to a man who builds his house on sand. It will be ruined when winds strike and rain waters fall.

And the heart. It is the heart of Jesus. It is the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the heart of St. Vincent. The heart of the Ladies must beat in unison with the heart of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of St. Vincent.

Behind these symbols is the background likened to the Philippine flag with rays of the sun openly radiating light to all brothers and sisters especially the poor, their masters. The blue and red colors of the Philippine flag have been diluted resulting to aqua blue and pink shades. These are also the colors of the Ladies of Charity uniform. The aqua blue color represents the color of the Blessed Mother. The international association was canonically erected on the Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion in 1617. The pink color on the ribbon to which the crucifix is attached symbolizes love. The crucifix reminds the Ladies that they are serving God in their service of the poor.


The Structure of the Association

Association International des Charites (AIC) has a structure which unites the local level with the international level



  • The local associations - Ladies of Charity (LC) units

      • Carry out AIC's fundamental mission within a relatively small geographical area: neighborhood, district, town, parish, deanship, etc...

      • Respond tp various conditions of poverty detected among those around them.



  • The national association - Ladies of Charity - Association International des Charites Philippines (LC-AIC Philippines)

Brings together and coordinates the associations or local groups working in a given country; they also represent them in national state bodies, etc...


  • The international association - Association International des Charites (AIC)

      • Coordinate and organizes the national the national associations, provides training.

      • Maintains communication, promotes solidarity and the exchanging of experiences among all the volunteers across the world.

      • Represents the international association and all the national and local associations in the main international and ecclesiastical bodies.

      • Produces spiritual and social reflections which have laid the foundations of its path over the years: numerous documents have been and continue to be published to spread new ideas.


  • The Vincentian Family

AIC is part of the Vincentian Family, which brings together all the associations founded by Saint Vincent de Paul or inspired by his spirituality.


AIC's International Bodies


  • The International General Assembly

Is made up of the national associations that are members of the AIC. It has the decision-making power that allows it to achieve AIC's objectives.


  • The International Executive Board made up of 12-16 members elected at the Assembly of Delegates and representing the 53 countries:

      • Implements the decisions taken at the assembly

      • Carries out the tasks of organization, coordination, reflection, representation and management

      • Can name a Permanent Committee which takes charge today-to-day work

      • Is assisted by a Father from the Congregation of the Mission, who is the International Spiritual Adviser, and a Daughter of Charity delegated by the Mother General (or by her congregation).


  • The International Secretariat, which has its headquarters in Belgium, a central point for communication between members of the AIC network.


  • AIC Solidarity, a structure for training AIC volunteers in developing countries, and for supporting the projects that they intend to develop locally (formerly the Project Service).


List of Member Associations

AFRICA : Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria


LATIN AMERICA : Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela


ASIA & THE MIDDLE EAST : Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Philippines, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam


UNITED STATES : AIC is present in 22 States.


EUROPE : Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, (Madeira), Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, United Kingdom, Ukraine.

Association International des Charites (AIC)

The Association of International Charities of St. Vincent de Paul is a federation of groups of lay women organized and working on a national of local level, recognized by the local Catholic Church and having a Constitution and By Laws. The registered headquarters is determined by its needs and by decision of the Council. Presently, it is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Under provisions of the Statutes approved by the Holy See, the council (delegates body of the AIC) elects an Executive Board composed of a President, four (4) Vice Presidents, and sixteen (16) members. The ecclesiastical advisers are: the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, successor of the Founder of the Charities, guarantor of the authenticity of the original spirit; a priest named by the Holy See as Assistant Adviser; and the Superioress of the Daughters of Charity.

Ladies of Charity - AIC Philippines, Inc.

Duly registered according to the laws of the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), its official Constitution and By Laws structure the Association as follows:


THE NATIONAL BOARD

The highest governing body shall be the National Board which shall be composed of fifteen (15) members, which shall be elected by secret ballot at a National Convention called for the purpose; they shall hold office for a period of three (3) years.The National Board shall be composed of the following officers:


  1. President

  2. Vice President for Metro Manila

  3. Vice President for Central Luzon

  4. Vice President for Southern Tagalog Region

  5. Vice President for Bicol Region

  6. Vice President for Central Visayas

  7. Vice President for Eastern Visayas

  8. Vice President for Western Visayas

  9. Vice President for Mindanao

  10. Treasurer

  11. Assistant Treasurer

  12. Secretary

  13. Assistant Secretary

  14. Board Member

  15. Board Member

  • Spiritual Adviser

  • Immediate Past President


THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board is composed of the following members of the National Board:


  1. President

  2. Vice President for Metro Manila

  3. SecretaryAssistant Secretary - representative to VFCC

  4. Treasurer

  5. Assistant Treasurer - in-charge of Ladies of Charity (LC) materials

  6. One member chosen by the President

  • Spiritual Adviser

The term of office of the Executive Board Members is co-terminus with that of the National Board Members.


THE ARCHDIOCESAN / DIOCESAN BOARDS

The National Board shall organize Archdiocesan/Diocesan Boards composed of more than six (6) units / less than six (6) units respectively with the consent of the respective Bishop of the Diocese. All Presidents of the Units in the Archdiocesan/Diocesan Board who shall elect from among themselves by secret ballot the following officers:


  1. President

  2. Vice President

  3. Secretary

  4. Treasurer

  5. Auditor

A Spiritual Adviser shall be appointed by the Bishop.

The Archdiocesan/Diocesan Board officers and members hold office for a term of three (3) years.


THE UNIT

A Unit is composed of at least ten (10) active members, classified as Parochial or Institutional, governed by the following regulations:


  1. The members shall elect the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall serve for a term of three (3) years.

  2. The Unit shall have a Spiritual Adviser.

  3. The President or Secretary of the Unit shall submit an Annual Report to the National Office and a copy to the National Vice President concerned.

  4. The Treasurer shall submit a Financial Report to the National Office for every fiscal year (1st of June to 31st of May of the following year).

  5. A Unit that cannot maintain its active membership for at least three (3 years as stipulated above shall be subject to the take over of the National Board.

A new Unit may be organized after an Orientation of prospective members. The Request for Affiliation stating the name, address, parish, Diocese, number of candidates for membership and proposed projects of the new Unit shall be endorsed by the Parish Priest of a Parochial Unit or the Director of an Institutional Unit and Regional Vice President concerned to the National President. Upon approval by the National Board a Certificate of Affiliation shall be presented to the Unit.


Ladies of Charity - AIC Philippines, Inc.

National Board of Officers

2018 - 2021

Ladies of Charity - AIC Philippines, Inc.

Executive Board of Officers

2018 - 2021