Pictured above are leaders of sixteen entities of the Daughters of Wisdom representing some twenty countries from around the world. Starting at the bottom row, left to right are: Sr. Liane (Philippines), Sr. Elizabeth (General Team), Sr. Lilly (India), Sr. Symphorose (Madagascar), Sr. Moly (Indonesia), Sr. Marie-Fraçoise (France), Sr. Herminda (Colombia), Sr. Liliana (Italy), Sr. Elvira (Maria Louisa – Peru, Ecuador, Argentina), Sr. Maureen (GBI), Sr. Julienne (Papua New Guinea), Sr. Linda (Canada), Sr. Bríd Long (Facilitator), Sr. Jacqueline (General Team), Sr. Isabelle (General Team), Sr. Louise (Congregational Leader), Sr. Sandrale (Haiti), Sr. Rani (General Team), Sr. Mary (Malawi), Sr. Cathy (USA), Sr.Marie- Suzanne (Belgium), Sr. Pierrette (Congo), Sr. Anne-Marie (General Team – Treasurer).
Life As a Sister
Living in Community
Living in community is a blessing and a challenge. It is a blessing because, as sisters, we share what matters to us: how we see life, what we are reading, what is happening in our ministries or our families, as well as the everyday realities of cooking, cleaning and caring for one another. It is a challenge as we learn how to deal with differences, how to listen well and how to deal with diversity and conflict. What unites us is our common desire to “…build life-giving communities in order that we may seek Wisdom together and reveal her wherever we are present.” (Way of Wisdom #38)
Prayer is at the heart of our call to religious life. Each day we meet to share God’s Word: to shine the light of that Word on all we do; to pray for our suffering sisters and brothers throughout the world; to deepen our relationship with God.
Seeking and contemplating Divine Wisdom permeates and transforms our lives, impelling us to action for justice in a world that hungers for meaning and compassion. “In the image of the first Christian community, we drink from the source of the Word of God and share it." (Way of Wisdom #41)
Sharing of Life and Ministry
Being a part of a loving community grounds us and supports us in the mission of Jesus. Each of us is prepared for a ministry to those most in need, using her God-given talents and gifts. Passionate about mission, we use our creativity and resources, our knowledge and energy to address justice issues regarding poverty, human trafficking, water and human rights, ecological and environmental realities and the systems that sustain injustice. We strive to bring the Gospel message to bear on the political and social injustices in our ministries, our church and world. Passion about the mission, the seeking of Wisdom and love for one another keeps us going!
"Under the guidance of the Spirit, our personal relationship with Christ leads us to mission." (Way of Wisdom #50)
"We place everything in common: our faith, our talents, our cultural values, our ministerial experience, our time and our belongings." (Way of Wisdom #41)
Being a Presence Among the People
Our ministries call us not only to serve God’s people, but to be God’s presence in their midst, as neighbors and colleagues. Our doors are open to all. That may involve giving a single mom a night off while we babysit her children; it may involve being a listening heart when a colleague or neighbor needs someone to talk to; it may mean having coffee in our house after morning Mass; it may involve inviting friends and neighbors to pray with us; it has involved taking in people when disasters (like hurricanes, house fires, etc.) have occurred; it often involves welcoming family members and celebrating life’s suffering and joys with them.
We strive to be a safe space where open discussion of Church and world issues, with our differing voices and beliefs, can take place. Present among the people, we are called to be “open, welcoming and characterized by a simple lifestyle and a hospitality that is free of discrimination.” (Way of Wisdom #43)
Daughters of Wisdom Generalate
Pictured above are the Daughters of Wisdom Superior General and councilors. From left to right are Sr. Anne-Marie Beaudoin (Canada), Sr. Carmen Bélen Vergara Pabón (Columbia), Sr. Isabelle Retailleau (France), Sr. Louise Madore (Superior General, Canada), Sr. Rani Muthukattil (India) and Sr. Jacqueline Portefaix (France).