Daughters of Charity
An order of Catholic nuns headquartered in nearby Emmitsburg, Maryland, the Daughters of Charity served as nurses at hospitals in both the North and the South during the Civil War.
Exemplifying the “virtues of humility, modesty and charity,” a small group of the Daughters of Charity, along with Chaplain Father Francis Burlando, traveled to Gettysburg to care for wounded soldiers following the three-day battle. In Gettysburg, the Sisters served at the makeshift hospital sites including the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on High Street.
Understaffed and short on supplies, the Sisters worked tirelessly in caring for the wounded soldiers under the most trying of conditions.
In recognition of the Daughters of Charity and their selfless efforts at St Xavier, the Parish provided a lasting tribute – a stained glass window depicting the Sisters at work as nurses.
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