Sisters Ministers of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul (SMDC)
(Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of Trecate) This religious congregation was founded 1733 in Trecate, Italy, by Marchese Giovanni Battista Leonardi (1663-1733) and Reverend Pietro Francesco di Luigi (1689-1757) in order to provide education and assistance to the poor in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul, their patron. This institute is modeled on the Daughters of Charity. The institute's motto is: "The charity of Christ urges us." It follows the Common Rules of Saint Vincent de Paul (Generalate: via Canobio, 13; 28100 Novara, Italy.) The Congregation was introduced in India in 1989.