In January 2023, the Daughters of Charity began the Vincentian Encounter program to encompass their young adult ministry efforts. Vincentian Encounter includes the Vincentian Small Faith Community program, an exciting new pilot that supports young people who meet monthly to pray, learn about the Vincentian charism, and talk about how their faith connects to important current topics. Anti-racism and anti-oppression training is incorporated into the groups to help participants build desegregated, inclusive faith communities.
who we are
Sister Denise LaRock, D.C.
Sister Denise, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul, has a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Education for At-Risk Students. She taught at-risk students for many years, including in a school for the children of migrant farmworkers in Florida. Her work with immigrant and asylum-seeking families developed her passion for social justice and racial justice.
Mary began working with Vincentian young adults when she became the Director of the Vincentian Mission Corps in 2017. She did her own year of service in Syracuse, New York, working with American and refugee children and teens. Mary has worked in several non-profits around the country and holds an M.A. in Social Justice from Loyola University.