During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the achievements of resilient and formidable women both past and present. This year, we are shining a light on the extraordinary women whose influence built and shaped the foundation for what Vincentian is today – people caring for people and devoted to the ministries of education, health care and social work.

Mother Catherine Spalding


An American Roman Catholic leader under whose guidance the Sisters of Charity established a strong presence in Kentucky through their schools and welfare institutions.

Read more Pioneer Spirit: Catherine Spalding, Sister of Charity of Nazareth

St. Louise de Marillac

Patron saint of Vincentian and co-founder of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a congregation of laywomen dedicated to teaching and hospital work.

Read more St. Louise Prayer & Biography – St.Louise de Marillac (stlouisedm.org)

Sister Mary Clement Pavlik


Sister Mary Clement spent most of her years of service in nursing ministry. She worked as a registered nurse, an anesthetist and hospital administrator. Her grave is in the Sisters Cemetery on the grounds of St. Louise Convent on McKnight Road.

Read more Sister Mary Clement Pavlik: An Interview | Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

The Vincentian Sisters of Charity began their missions in the South in 1940, when they responded to a call from Fr. Harold Purcell, who had a dream to fight oppression, poverty, and racism in Alabama.

VSC Missions in Alabama | Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

A Heritage of Healing

Learn more about the Sisters of Charity by watching the video, A Heritage of Healing, narrated by Diane Sawyer, and reading Vincentian’s history on vcs.org.