Questions and Answers

What is the Meaning of Founders Day?

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion Congregation was founded in 1886 by Mother Mary Veronica and her spiritual advisor and guide, Monsignor Thomas S. Preston. On July 2, 1886, two postulants received the habit as Sisters of the Divine Compassion, and Sr. Mary de Chantal (Catharine Greene) pronounced her vows.  With this ceremony the community was officially founded. 

Since that time, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion have designated July 2 as their official Founding Day. This year marks the 134th anniversary of the Founding. Each year at this time, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion join with family and friends to honor our Founders and thank our donors and volunteers for their time, treasure and talent.

In addition to the Founders’ Day Liturgy and Celebration, alumni and friends of the RDCs will join together to support the Sisters of the Divine Compassion by participating in the second, annual online Founders’ Day of Giving campaign.

We ask that you join us in commemorating the Sisters of the Divine Compassion Founders’ Day by thanking the Sisters for their quiet, constant and compassionate influence on our lives by donating what you can to support them in their mission of compassion.

What is the mission and vision of the Sisters of the Diving Compassion (RDCs)?

The RDC mission remains the same – Empowered by God’s love, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion are called to be the compassionate presence of God in the world.

They remain a responsive, collaborative, mission-focused community. From their earliest history, they have walked with those suffering. In the true spirit of community and collaboration, The RDCs support others toward to self-sufficiency, meaning and wholeness in their lives. Together with their Companions and Associates, the Sisters partner with various community representatives, donors, and volunteers to enable the liberation and empowerment of all people through their ministries, in counseling, spiritual companionship, social justice, prayer, education and service to the marginalized and families in need.


Why does the Congregation need to fundraise?  

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion currently have a manageable financial base; however, as compensation for the Sisters’ services continue to diminish due to retirement and the cost of taking care of the Sisters continues to rise, there is a widening gap between revenue and expenses.

With the support of our donors and positive developments in our fundraising efforts, we will continue to manage the gap, so we can advance our mission and legacy.


Are the Sisters of the Divine Compassion sponsoring the Founders’ Day of Giving?

No. Friends of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion are organizing the Founders Day of Giving online fundraising campaign. We want to express our support and appreciation to the RDCs for all they have given to generations of families, parishes and communities.

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion are the beneficiaries of the Founders’ Day of Giving campaign.  They approve and support our efforts on their behalf.

What does the Founders’ Day of Giving support?

Unless otherwise specified, your gift to the Founders’ Day of Giving will be designated as follows:

Sisters’ Care & Support                       70%
Congregation Expenses                      18%
Employee Salaries & Benefits             12%


May I earmark my Founders’ Day of Giving gift?

Of course!  Founders’ Day of Giving gifts can be earmarked as follows:

General Operating Expenses
Sisters’ Care & Support
Sisters’ Retirement
In honor or memory of a Sister
In honor or memory of a family member, friend, classmate, etc.