The hearts of Vincent and Louise were touched by the misery surrounding them in seventeenth century Paris. Their response was to reach out and to help alleviate this misery by organising young women to serve the needs of the poor. The first Sisters heard in their hearts the call of God and the cry of the poor and endeavoured to live in community for service under Louise’s guidance. This service was not only provided for the people of Paris but went beyond the city walls into the countryside, and eventually into many other countries throughout the world.