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President´s Letter



111 Boulevard of the Allies 
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 
November 1, 2018 
President's Letter

Dear Ladies,

“It is our vocation…to set people’s hearts ablaze, to do what the son of God did, to set it aflame with his love.  It is not enough for me to love God if my neighbor does not love him.  I must love my neighbor as the image of God and the object of his love.”  St. Vincent de Paul



  • How does this quote speak to you?
  • How have you discovered that you had a Vincentian Vocation?
  • How have you loved your neighbor as the image of God and the object of his love?

November Presidents Meeting – Our next Presidents Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bernard, Mount Lebanon.  Please RSVP by emailing me at or by calling 412-496-3638 by November 3.  It is important to RSVP to insure we have ample copies of meeting materials as well as for the ladies from St. Bernard to plan the continental breakfast. We will have an overview of each of the committees and will spend the bulk of the meeting focusing on the On Mission for the Church Alive! transition process and the impacts of this initiative on the Ladies of Charity in the new parish groupings.  We hope to see as many of the presidents or a representative from each chapter as possible. Directions to St. Bernard’s are attached.


Ladies of Charity Cemetery Sunday Celebration for the Unclaimed Dead – Our annual service for the Unclaimed Dead will be celebrated on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, 718 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.  We look forward to seeing many of you there, particularly if you have not been to this service in the past.  As one of the newest Vincentian Spiritual Moderators, I will lead the prayer service this year.  Directions to Calvary Cemetery are attached.


The Spiritual Society of the Unclaimed Dead – As Catholics, when we lose a loved one, friend, or acquaintance, we make it a practice to pray for their soul after their death.  Imagine having no one to pray for you, or, even worse, having no one to claim your remains at the time of your death.  Philly Sysak is the committee chair for the Spiritual Society of the Unclaimed Dead.  Philly regularly contacts the Allegheny County Morgue and obtains the names of those decedents whose remains have never been claimed.  Sadly, this often includes the remains of babies.  When requested, a decedent’s name is assigned to the requestor and a stipend of $10 is paid by the requestor to the Seraphic Mass Association.  A beautiful memorial card is sent from the Seraphic Mass Association to the requestor containing the name of the decedent.  The requestor then remembers the decedent in their daily prayers.  Currently, we have over 100 names of unclaimed dead.  In this month of November when we remember those who have gone before us, we encourage you to consider requesting a decedent’s name either individually or for your chapter.  This would also be a wonderful opportunity for the season of Advent.  If you are interested in receiving a decedent’s name, please contact the LOC office.  More information will be shared at the November President’s Meeting.

November Rosary Intention:  We pray for the deceased members of our families, military, LOC, and the unclaimed souls who were adopted.


Please know of my prayers for each of you and your chapters as we journey On Mission for the Church Alive! and for your families that you may have a blessed and abundant Thanksgiving!


Ways to stay connected:

If you have questions/suggestions, please call and leave a message with the LOC office at 412 456-6924.  Thank you for all that you do!

In the Vincentian Spirit,

Bernadette Jaketic, President 
Association of the Ladies of Charity
Diocese of Pittsburgh


President's Letter

Bernadette Jakectic, President 
Association of the Ladies of Charity of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

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

A lay organization within the
Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh