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
“We hope to promote a grand circle of Wisdom spirituality,” said Sister Evelyn Eckhardt. “The new fireinourhearts.org website was conceived to actively reach out to Catholics and persons of all spiritual traditions...”
Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center invites you to an experience of peace and tranquility.
Salvadoran Enterprises for Women 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.
Sr. Gertrude O'Brien, D.W.
4/11/16 - 5/18/15
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Gertrude O'Brien, D.W., (Sr. Gertrude Marie) at age 99. Born in Brooklyn, NY she was predeceased by her parents Flurance and Mary O'Brien and 3 brothers, Michael, Vincent and Joseph. She is survived by her niece Maureen O'Brien and nephew Larry O'Brien. Sr. Gertrude was 79 years professed and spent her ministry in education, hospital administration and pastoral care.
Sr. Abella Lucienne Corbin, D.W.
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Abella Lucienne Corbin, D.W., (Sr. Marie Abel de L’Enfant Jesus) born in Lille, Maine she was called to eternal life on May 5, 2015 inher 98th year. Sr. Abella was 74 years professed and until her retirement spent her ministry as a missionary in nursing and education. Predeceased by her parents Abel and Ozithee Cobin, she will be greatly missed by her Sisters, the Daughters of Wisdom.
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Called to Contemplation
Reflections by Sr. Mary Stuart, DW
In his letter on Consecrated Religious Life, Pope Francis has much to say about the importance of contemplation. He reminds us that it is the source of our hope.
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.
Margo Bromfield Reflects on
25 Years as an Associate of Wisdom
Associates with the Daughters of Wisdom number over 30 members in the USA Province and can be found in states ranging from Maine to Florida, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Georgia. Associates maintain their own lifestyles, independence and personal commitments and are involved in ministries that range from full-time jobs to volunteerism. They are committed to witnessing Wisdom’s presence in the acts of compassion, justice, and care for creation. In journeying with the Daughters of Wisdom, Associates are a community within the community of the Wisdom family sharing in the spirituality, mission, and history of the congregation.
Following the spirituality of Wisdom as a layperson, this year Margo Bromfield celebrates 25 years as an Associate of Wisdom. Read about her journey by clicking here.