Our Founding Story
We, the Daughters of Wisdom, trace our beginnings and our spirituality back to 18th century France. There, St. Louis de Montfort walked among the poor and abandoned, telling the story of Jesus.
In the poorhouses, in the parishes, on country roads and pathways, he brought the message of the gospel and called for renewal in people's hearts. He spoke of his vision of Jesus as "Wisdom made flesh," God who created all, loves all, and redeems all.
In 1701, Blessed Marie Louise Trichet met Louis de Montfort, and this was a turning point in her life. In a culture where the poor went unattended, Marie Louise was inspired to choose to live among the poor and dedicate her life to their concerns as a woman religious. From the experience of God as divine Wisdom came a deep desire in both Louis de Montfort and Marie Louise Trichet to fashion a way of living that would serve others and make divine Wisdom known and loved.
This was the initial inspiration for the Daughters of Wisdom. Following in the footsteps of Louis de Montfort and Marie Louise Trichet, we Daughters of Wisdom have ministered in the fields of education, health care, and social and pastoral outreach, with a special concern for those who are neglected by society.
In 1904, the Daughters of Wisdom were forced by the secularization laws of France to seek ministries elsewhere. The first Daughters of Wisdom arrived in the United States in northern Maine in 1904. We presently serve throughout the United States and in areas of North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. We number over 1,700 members.
With 63 Sisters and 26 Associates, Daughters and Associates of Wisdom of the United States Province work in a variety of ministries in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Statement on Civil Discourse for the Common Good
The Daughters of Wisdom are called in community to seek, contemplate and reveal Divine Wisdom at the heart of the world and in so doing to denounce false wisdoms. (Introduction to Rule of Life – 2014). We know the profound power of words to express belief, to transform hearts and to motivate action – all intended for the common good of our sisters and brothers at home and around the world. At this moment in the history of our nation and our world, we experience all too often the devastating power of words to tear down, to belittle and to disparage – especially when thoughts and perceptions of life differ. Yet what we need more are listening hearts and civil discourse that respect and bridge differences so that we work together, we compromise together and we make decisions together for the common good.
Let us join together to engage in civil discourse for the common good that reflects the true spirit of Wisdom - “a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile… never harmful, loving the good… keen, beneficent and kindly…” (Adapted from Chapter Seven of the Book of Wisdom).
Commitment to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence
We, The Leadership Team of the Daughters of Wisdom, endorse An Appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.
Standing in our Wisdom Tradition of seeking the reconciliation of opposites, we are called to denounce war and to announce a just peace, through promoting non-violent practices and strategies within our congregation and in collaboration with all our social justice networks.
The following statement, crafted in a consensus process, was released at the end of the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome, April 2016. Approximately 1,600 individuals and organizations have endorsed it. Click here to view.
Statement on Immigration and Refugees in our Country and World
The Executive Order by our government “to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals” has been an opportunity for all of us to ponder how we think about refugees and immigration to our country. The discrimination against refugees from countries where the predominant religion is Islam is in contradiction to our basic values as Americans. Click here to continue reading.