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The Committee of 100

The Committee of 100 is solely responsible for soliciting funds needed to maintain the activity of the Ladies of Charity Emergency Trust Fund for the Elderly.

The Ladies of Charity Emergency Trust Fund for the Elderly is exclusively for poor elderly persons, age 55 and over, who are trying to exist on a limited income.  Many of our elderly fall through the cracks, whereby, they are suffering from financial distress because of their inability to receive financial assistance from government agencies.  This fund is intended to serve as a last resource, after all other programs and sources of funding have been explored.  This fund is not a substitute for other available programs and services, nor is it designed to bypass existing services for the aged.

All proceeds from The Ladies of Charity Memorial Cards and Remembrance Cards are contributed to the Committee of 100 fund.  These cards are available at no charge.  Contributions are to be sent to the Committee of 100 at the time these cards are used.

Application forms for the Emergency Trust Fund and for Memorial or Remembrance cards are always available by contacting one of the Board Members or by calling the office 412-456-6924.

Society for the Unclaimed Dead

Establishes a line of communication with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul so that the Ladies of Charity are notified of a Funeral Mass for the Unclaimed Dead.  (The St. Vincent De Paul Society is responsible for the burial of the Unclaimed Dead of the Diocese).  Parishes are notified if it is known that a Funeral Mass is being held in their particular parish so that the Ladies of Charity members can be encouraged to participate.

Throughout the year names of unclaimed dead become available and an appeal is sent to all Ladies of Charity asking them to sponsor the soul of an Unclaimed Dead.  For a $5.00 stipend the deceased is enrolled in the Seraphic Mass Assoc.  The name is then sent to the specified sponsor so that they may be remembered in prayer always.

There is also a service in November where all parish associations are asked to meet to honor and pray for the unclaimed dead.


Facilitates all Spiritual Concerns of the Ladies of Charity regarding Days of Reflection, Investiture etc.  Arranges for Masses to be said once a year for the deceased unclaimed dead and their living sponsors.


We strive to bring literacy into the lives of the young and old throughout the diocese.  Many parishes have different projects that stress the importance of literacy.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as celebration and joy.

Nursing Home Network

A Resource available to Ladies of Charity Parish Associations who have parishioners in nursing or personal care homes located at such a distance from their parish to make regular visitation prohibitive.  The Network is available to any person in our Diocese in a nursing or personal care home who does not have anyone to visit him/her on a regular basis


We publish our newsletter, The DeMarillac News quarterly.


"You will love one another realizing that since God has chosen and assembled you to render Him the same service, you must be like one body animated by the same spirit and look upon one another as members of the same body."
   - St. Louise de Marillac.

Ladies of Charity USA  (LCUSA)
Local Association
Pittsburgh, PA

A lay organization within the
Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh