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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

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. Wisdom House

wisdom house

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 those who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. The complex includes indoor and outdoor sanctuary areas, and a labyrinth to encourage meditation, prayer and creative thinking.
Click here to take a tour of Wisdom House from the air.

Congratulations to our 70, 60 and 25 Year Jubilarians


Daughters of Wisdom Celebrate 

590 years of Consecrated Life


This past August 5 Daughters of Wisdom were recognized for 70 years of consecrated life, 4 were recognized for 60 years of consecrated life, and one Associate of Wisdom celebrated 25 years of service.

70 Year Jubilarians




Sr. Rosemary Gaffney, (Sr. Rosemary of Jesus) 2/2/1946









Sr. Mary Clancy, (Sr. Mary of Christ) 8/2/1946









Sr. Virginia Cunniff, (Sr. Virginia of the Cross) 8/2/1946








Sr. Mary Eileen McCarthy, (Sr. John of the Heart of Jesus) 8/2/1948








Sr. Eileen McGowan, (Sr.Eileen of the Holy Face) 8/2/1946






60 Year Jubilarians




Sr. Alice Benedict, (Sr. Benedict Mary of Jesus) 2/2/1956







Sr. Grace Olga Brouard, (Sr. Marie Olga du Sacre Coeur) 2/2/1956








Sr. Rosemary Connelly, (Sr. Rose Mary of the Sacred Heart) 2/2/1956








Sr. Emelda Parent, (Sr. Paul Noel du Sacre Coeur) 2/2/1956





25 Year Jubilarian




Lillian Scalogna, Associate of Wisdom, 3/9/1991





Renewal of Vows


Congratulations and blessings on the continued journeys of Sr. Marie Josée Seide (L) and Sr. Fabiola Jean-Louise (R) who recently renewed their vows as Daughters of Wisdom with the US Province before Provincial Leader, Sr. Catherine Sheehan (C).

During the Extraordinary Jubilee Year Of Mercy, Pope Francis calls all Catholics to be profound witnesses to mercy and to "find the joy rediscovering and rendering fruitful God's mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time."


Pope Francis composed a special prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Through it he asks the Lord to make this a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.”

Click on the link below to download the prayer.

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy






A community within the community of the Wisdom family, Associates of Wisdom share in the spirituality, mission, and history of the congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom.


To learn more about the Associates of Wisdom follow the links below:


Who are we?


Wisdom's Voice- Spring 2016


Associates of Wisdom in the News


Associates Annual Retreat



The Daughters of Wisdom, USA Province and the Montfort Missionaries celebrated the legacies of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus to commemorate the 300th anniversaries of the death of Montfort and the establishment of the Primitive Rule of Life for the Daughters of Wisdom in a two day event this past April 27-28, 2016.

The memorial events began with a Taizé Evening Service at Montfort Spiritual Center in Bay Shore, NY and concluded the next day with a full program that highlighted the life of Montfort and the missions of the Montfort fathers and the life of Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus and the ministries of the Daughters of Wisdom.

Watch our video to view highlights of the memorial events.

Sr. Rita T. Finnen, DW
Sr. Joseph of the Trinity
1/6/31 - 8/26/16



We are saddened to report the passing of Daughter of Wisdom, Sister Rita T. Finnen, DW, 85 (Sr. Joseph of the Trinity) who entered eternal life on August 26, 2016. Sr. Rita was 64 years professed. 


Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the youngest of five children, to the late Malachi A. and Alice Taylor Finnen. She is survived by her sister, Alice Finnen McGowan and husband Hugh of Katonah, NY; and several nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Malachy; and a sister, Mary.

Sr. Rita's first encounter with the Daughters of Wisdom was as a volunteer at Holy Family Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Staffed by the Daughters of Wisdom, she was attracted by the Sisters’ commitment to children with disabilities and inspired by their vision to educate for independence. Her first assignment after entering the congregation was to study nursing at Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth, VA. She earned a BSN at St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, and afterwards studied nursing administration with a minor in medical-surgical nursing and an additional emphasis on teaching methods at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, there she earned an MSN. She subsequently served as a clinical nurse, director of nursing and a college educator of nurses. During her career, she worked in New York at Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, and St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, both founded by the Daughters of Wisdom; and at South West Virginia Regional Hospital. She held a position as assistant professor at Bluefield State College, North Carolina, and later as a professor of nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, where she lived with as is
survived by Sister Edna English, DW. After she completed her time on the faculty at East Carolina University, she served as an instructor at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, NC (now Vidant Medical Center). Upon her retirement from teaching, Sr. Rita volunteered at a local radio station one evening a week to read the local news for people who were blind. 

Sr. Rita's wake and funeral were at
St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Greenville, NC on Thursday, September 1, 2016. A memorial mass was held on Thursday, September 8, at St. Charles Hospital Chapel, Port Jefferson, NY followed by the burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram, NY. Sr. Rita will be greatly missed by all those she served and especially by the congregation, staff, and friends of the Daughters of Wisdom. 


Click here to read the eulogy prepared by Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW.



From Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh to the Reverend Romen A. Acero and the congregation of Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, Greenville, NC, 9/2/16


From Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh to the Daughters of Wisdom, 8/26/16


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Sr. Grace Olga Brouard, DW
Sr. Marie Olga du Sacre Coeur
3/13/31 - 8/23/16


We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Grace Olga Brouard, DW (78) who entered into eternal life on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Sr. Grace Olga had just been recognized for 60 years of consecrated life on August 20, 2016, at the Daughters of Wisdom Jubilee Celebration.


Known as a woman of learning and devotion, Sister was originally from the Haitian Province of the Daughters of Wisdom and was born into a family with a love for learning, her father Carl Brouard, was a prominent writer and journalist. Sister was educated in Paris and Port-au-Prince, earning her BA in Biblical Theology and an advanced degree in Social Work (MSW). She came to the United States in 1987 to study English and won a Fulbright Scholarship to Boston College. There she was awarded a Master’s Degree in Sociology. She became a U.S. Citizen on May 30, 2001.


Sister’s devotion to the mission of our Congregation was inspired by Jesus who died on the Cross for us, showing mercy to the whole world. She exemplified His mercy by years of teaching in Haiti and in the Bahamas, then working as a Social Worker among troubled women in Port-au-Prince. This was indeed risky. As a Professor of Sociology at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey she was especially sensitive to the needs of the young men in her classes. Sister lived in the Bethany Community in Crowne Heights, Brooklyn. Her prayerful presence at St. Matthew’s Church opened up relationships with the women of the Parish.


Sr. Grace Olga was buried at St. John’s Cemetery, 8001 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY and will be greatly missed by all those she served and especially by the congregation, staff, and friends of the Daughters of Wisdom. 


Click here to read the eulogy prepared by Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW.


Thanks to all who came out to support our

Rummage Sale on August 6th & 7th, 2016!

(Click the photo above to watch our Thank you video.)


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