Welcome to the website of the Daughters of Wisdom of the United States Province. We hope that you enjoy reading these pages and that you get a sense of who we are.
We are called in community to seek and to contemplate Divine Wisdom, present in a world that hungers for meaning, justice and compassion. We seek to bring the message of Jesus, Incarnate Wisdom, to people experiencing injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially women and children.
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SOME OF OUR MINISTRIES
See the ways God makes Her presence known in the ordinary experiences of life. Join our Wisdom Spirituality Circle and receive weekly relections. Fire In Our Hearts is for Catholics and persons of all spiritual traditions.
Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires in the historic town of Litchfield, CT, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center spans 54 acres of meadows, woods and brooks. Offering year round programs, this interfaith center welcomes women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. The indoor and outdoor sanctuary areas and labyrinth encourage meditation, prayer and creative thinking.
Salvadoran Enterprises for Women, a collaborative ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom, builds and manages the financial resources, community networks, solidarity efforts, and the U.S. and Salvadoran markets that facilitate new—and help expand existing—employment and development opportunities for women in El Salvador.
IN THE NEWS
Sr. Edna Butler, DW, 12/2/22-8/23/15
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Edna Butler, DW (Sr. Edouard du St. Espirit) on August 23, 2015 in her 92nd year. Sr. Edna was predeceased by her parents Edward and Elizabeth Butler and her brother Rev. Vincent E. Butler, SJ. A religious service was held Thursday, 8/27/15 at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Port Jefferson Station, NY, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church, Sound Beach, NY . She was laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, NY. Donations may be made in memory of Sr. Edna to the Daughters of Wisdom, 385 Ocean Avenue, Islip, NY 11751
Called to an Alternative Culture
Reflections by Sr. Mary Stuart, DW
In his encyclical letter, On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis makes clear that he would like to enter into dialogue . . . with every person living on this planet. The dignity of every human person, all creatures, creation and the common good are the fundamental principles that underpin all that he addresses.
Provincial Leader, Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW Shares about her Journey as a Women Religious in Recent Radio Interview
Sr. Catherine Sheehan, Provincial of the Daughters of Wisdom, US Province was recently interviewed on radio by Frère Buteau and Bishop Guy Sansaricq in recognition of the Year of Consecrated life. In this interview she reflects on her decision to enter religious life and expresses the spirituality and heart of the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Click here to read some excerpts from that interview.
Reflections on Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life began on November 30, 2014, the first Sunday of Advent, and will end on February 2, 2016, the World Day for Consecrated Life. This year of recognition takes place within the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Documents on the important place that consecrated life has in the Church were first published in 1965.
Churches and various institutions all over the world have thrived through the ministries of consecrated women who have served as administrators, educators, healthcare practitioners, social workers, chaplains, spiritual directors, and pastoral leaders, among many other professions. In the instance of the Daughters of Wisdom, who arrived in the United States in 1904, and similarly in other congregations of women religious, they were very often the ones who established, laid the foundations and staffed the institutions for which the people in need were served. From Maine to Florida, and as far west as California- and in states in between, the Daughters have worked in and established educational institutions, hospitals, and various other organizations to serve the most vulnerable members of society.
During the course of this celebratory year, we will be highlighting the reflections of some of our sisters on their journeys as consecrated women religious. Read their reflections by clicking the links below.
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