Ladies of Charity

Women of all ages are invited to join the Ladies of Charity at St. Mary of the Assumption.

The Ladies of Charity were founded in the 17th century in France by St. Vincent de Paul. They served under the auspices of St. Louise de Marillac.

Members of the St. Mary’s Ladies of Charity participate in numerous service projects throughout the year, including bake sales and support of missions around the world.

The activities of the Ladies of Charity at St. Mary’s include:

  • Volunteering at the LOC thrift store, 1122 Broadway, Buffalo where they work at the register and sort donations.

  • Working in the Fresh Start program to assist victims of domestic violence, fires and other personal tragedies.

  • Filling backpacks for children to start new school years.

  • Helping with layette programs for newborns.

  • Supporting the Nicaraguan Missions, sorting and boxing items for shipment.

The St. Mary’s Ladies of Charity meet approximately six times a year, on the third Wednesday of the month following 12 noon Mass in the Chapel. Members need not be available to attend meetings.

LOC trips have included:

  • The Abbey of the Genesee, Piffard, NY.

  • Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Lewiston, NY.

  • Response to Love Center, Buffalo, where they worked in various departments and served lunch to the needy.

  • St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center and Mother Teresa Home for unwed mothers, Buffalo.

Annual social events include:

  • St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon.

  • Chinese Auction & Ice Cream Social in May.

  • Visit to Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY, in August.

  • “Ladies Day Out”on the diocesan level in July.

  • Style Show of clothing every September, with items donated to the LOC thrift store.

  • Diocesan Masses of Remembrance and Enrollment at various churches in the fall and spring.

For more information on the Ladies of Charity, please contact Holly Walter at (716) 656-9583 or