Centro Rendu is named after Blessed Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity, who lived in France from 1786 to 1856.
She devoted her life to serve those at the margins of society. She worked in the slums of Paris during the French Revolution and after the war, she continued her mission to “Hunt Down Poverty!” With these words in her heart, she went about doing the work of mentoring students in the early 18th century, one of whom was Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She worked with compassion and her charity was inventive. She started a health clinic, a school, a pharmacy, an orphanage, and a child care center. She worked tirelessly, often to the point of ill-health, from overwork and stress. She served the people with deep conviction, and never abandoned them. She drew her strength from intense prayer and the capability to see Christ in everyone. Her work truly embodied the concept of systemic change. She believed that serving the needy required more than providing cash or in-kind assistance. She said: “We must aspire to a more complete and longer lasting benefit: study their abilities, their level of education and help them get work to help them out of their difficulties.”