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Welcome Message

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.

Mission Statement 

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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Fire in Our Hearts
fire in our hearts

“We hope to promote a grand circle of Wisdom spirituality,” said Sister Evelyn Eckhardt. “The new website was conceived to actively reach out to Catholics and persons of all spiritual traditions...”

Wisdom House
wisdom house

Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center invites you to an experience of peace and tranquility.

Click here to take a tour of Wisdom House from the air.



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.


Read about last year's Mission Fund Grant Recipients


Read about how Mission Grant Funds help to boost the self-esteem of the young ladies of St. Martin de Porres High School in Rockaway Park, NY.


Sr. Edna Butler, DW


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 will be held Thursday, 8/27/15 at 3:30 PM at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Port Jefferson Station, NY, visitation is from 2-5 PM. The Funeral Mass will be at St. Louis de Montfort R.C. Church, Sound Beach, NY on Friday, 8/28/15 at 10 AM. The interment will follow 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

Read the Eulogy for Sr. Edna Butler, DW prepared by Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW by clicking here.




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.

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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.


Sr. Aurelie Michaud, D.W., 75 Years

Sr. Margaret McPeak, D.W., 70 Years

Sr. Grace Malonzo, D.W., 6o Years

Sr. Ann Gray, D.W., 60 Years


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