Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)


Founded in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1833 by Irish woman Mary Frances Clarke, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) is a community of Catholic women religious who, in response to a personal call from God, have chosen a vowed life of prayer, ministry and community. In response to this call, BVMs express their mission of being freed and helping others enjoy freedom in service to God's people through their core values of freedom, education, charity and justice.

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Address: 1100 Carmel Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52003-7991
Phone Number: 563-585-2854 ext. 1
Some of the best life stories are shared between sisters sitting on a park bench.

Your donation on Great Give Day will help us replace unsafe benches dating back to the 1940s and purchase new ones that allow for more sisters and visitors to enjoy the beauty of Mount Carmel.
"What better way to enjoy the blue sky, beautiful clouds, and green trees above the river than to sit on 'my' special bench. It would be wonderful to have enough benches for more sisters to enjoy the outdoors." -Sister Eleanor Craggs, BVM

"Beauty surrounds me as I make my way down the Pinewalk to the cemetery. I would love to be able to rest along the way and enjoy the splendor." -Sister Joyce Cox, BVM (Petrine)

"I often take sisters out to enjoy the view. The benches we have are very hard for them to get in and out of. There is no back support and they are very tippy. They are just not safe." -Ashley Reuter, Mount Carmel employee