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Miguel P. Flores C.M.


Stafford Poole, C.M.


It was necessary for Vincent de Paul’s successor, Rene Almeras, to obtain papal approbation for the Daughters of Charity and to revise their Common Rules and statutes. Vincent himself thought the rules were unsatisfactory, and handwritten copies often contained discrepancies or were incomplete. Almeras arranged the text, inserted the particular rules for sisters in parishes into the Common Rules, and added articles on several topics. These were faithful to the thought of the Double Family’s founders. Side-by-side comparisons of the Daughters’ and the Congregation’s Rules show similarities and differences in the motivation behind them. Twentieth century changes to the Rules and constitutions are discussed, as are the Rules’ influence on other communities.