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WELCOME MESSAGE

 

Welcome to the website of the Daughters of Wisdom, United States Province. The United States Province was established in 1949.

The spirituality of the Daughters of Wisdom is that of seeking Wisdom in ordinary, everyday experience.

As Daughters of Wisdom, we see all reality— creation, humankind, the joys and struggles of life—as interconnected sacred reality. For more than 300 years, we have ministered to countless women, men, and children, desiring to share with all our heritage of Wisdom spirituality.

We follow in the spiritual footsteps of our co-founders, St. Louis Marie de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet.   At the beginning of the 18th century in France, they were captivated by Divine Wisdom.

 

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. Learn more about the Daughters of Wisdom today, Read  More or Watch our video.

Wisdom Reflections

LIKE A GIFT FROM HEAVEN

February 2, The Feast of The Presentation also marks the day in 1703 when Marie Louise Trichet was given the habit by St. Louis Marie de Montfort and became the first Daughter of Wisdom.

Polio was a major health challenge especially for children in the 1920s. To meet the need, on January 20, 1924, the New York State Board of Charities granted a license for an orthopedic hospital and clinic at 277 Hicks St. in Brooklyn, NY. The Diocese of Brooklyn built the facility; the Daughters of Wisdom staffed it.  The Brooklyn Clinic was a sorely needed reception house and quarantine station in the city. Patients requiring long term care were transferred to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. Mother Theresa, the administrator of the Port Jefferson facility, sent four of the best nurses to the new foundation so that they might introduce the same method of care into the clinic that existed in Port Jefferson.

The chapel in the new hospital in Brooklyn offered an oasis for reflection in the midst of the bustling activity surrounding it. Particularly meaningful to the Sisters was a stained-glass window donated by Reliance Charities. It portrayed St. Louis Marie de Montfort, their founder, giving the habit to the first Daughter of Wisdom, Sr. Marie Louise of Jesus, on the day of her consecration, February 2, 1703; and thereby establishing the foundation of the congregation.

In the late 1940s, the Salk vaccine was discovered. It seemed like a miracle. Now the dreaded disease of polio could be prevented. After years of dedicated treatment of polio patients, on September 7, 1967, the Clinic in Brooklyn closed. Msgr. Asip, who resided at the hospital and worked closely with the Sisters, had the foresight to save the stained-glass windows from demolition. They were put in crates and stored in the garage of a pastor friend of his until 1992. At that time most of the windows were donated to a new church in rural Georgia. Msgr. Asip put aside the window depicting the founders. He called Sr. Rachel Bouchard a nurse he had known from the Brooklyn hospital, to ask if the Daughters of Wisdom would like to have it. She, in turn, contacted the Provincial Superior who was delighted.

It was during that time when The Daughters of Wisdom had received the good news of the upcoming beatification of their co-foundress.  The opening ceremony to commemorate the significant event would now include the solemn blessing of the window of the founders. Pope John-Paul II beatified Marie Louise Trichet on May 16, 1993. The stained-glass window was installed in the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help convent Sound Beach, where it remains to this day. To all those who had ministries at Hicks Street and St. Charles Hospital, it seemed like a gift from heaven.

The first Daughters of Wisdom arrived in the United States in northern Maine in 1904. Three hundred sixteen years later Daughters of Wisdom can be found in mission in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The congregation numbers over 1,500 members including Associates or Friends of Wisdom.

Thanks to Sisters Barbara O’Dea and Alice Benedict for collaborating on this Reflection.

 

PAST WISDOM REFLECTIONS

 

Weddings - A Time to Celebrate Sr. Barbara O'Dea

Christmas Reflections,

Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW and Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW

God Shall Be Peace, 4th Sunday of Advent, Sr. Grace Malonzo, DW

Jesus Living in Mary, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Sr. Jeannine Boutin, DW

O Come Thou Wisdom From On High, 2nd Sunday of Advent,

Valerie Day, AW

Come And Set Us Free   1st Sunday of Advent, Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Autumn Splendor   Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Summertime  Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

I am With You Always  Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Blessed Marie Louise Trichet Feast Day, May 7

St. Louis Marie de Montfort Feast Day, April 28  Sr. Ann Nielsen, DW

We've Only Just Begun Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Easter Reflection Sr. Ann Gray, DW

Easter -What a Wonderful Time of Year Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW

God Calls Us by Name  Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW

Ready For The Journey  Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

'Tis the New Year'  Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Become All God Created You To Be Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

A Healing Vision for Our World  Sr. Mary Stuart, DW

Wisdom Dwells With Experience Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW

Surprised by the Spirit  Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Before I Built A Wall  Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW

 


 

SR. JOAN KLEMBALLA, DW, Ph.D., RN, FNP-PC, 81

SR. JOAN OF THE ROSARY

6/20/37 - 2/9/19

62 YEARS PROFESSED

Wisdom’s Radiance Never Sleeps
Ws. 7:10b

 

Modified from a tribute written by Sr. Emma Rohn, DW in recognition of Sr. Joan Klemballa’s 60th Jubilee, August 2017.

 

Sr. Joan Klemballa, from the beginning, was formed by Wisdom to set her light on a lampstand to give light to all in the house.  (Mt. 5:15)    Joan entered the Daughters of Wisdom from the parish of St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose, NY shortly after her graduation from Our Lady of Wisdom Academy, Ozone Park, NY. Professed on August 2, 1957… she received her religious name, Sr. Joan of the Rosary.  Her life … has truly reflected the Rosary’s luminous mysteries.  When Joan identified herself, she said emphatically, “I am a nurse!”  With good reason. Well-prepared for the splendid ministry, Joan earned her R.N. at Maryview Hospital School of Nursing in Portsmouth, VA. in 1961.  She began her nursing assignments in Brooklyn, NY at St. Charles Orthopedic Hospital followed by five years as supervisor in the operating room at Holy Family Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, all while earning her BS in Nursing from St. John’s University….  Then in 1968, she returned to St. Charles as Head Nurse and Assistant Director of Nursing Services.

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Donations may be made online in Sr. Joan’s memory._


SR. EILEEN CATTERSON, DW, MD, 83
SR. EILEEN OF OUR LADY
3/22/35 – 1/15/2019

63 YEARS PROFESSED

We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Eileen Catherine Catterson, DW, MD, 83, (Sr. Eileen of Our Lady). Sister passed peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Sister would have been 64 years professed in February.

Sister Eileen began her ministry in the health care in 1955 as a student in Maryview Hospital School of Nursing in Portsmouth, Virginia and left as a clinical instructor in 1962 before going off to mission as an instructor at St. Joseph Hospital in Malawi, Africa. There she also served as a head nurse and headmistress of nursing. In 1967 she returned to the United States to pursue studies in the medical field, and later to do a residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital, Ohio. She then went to West Virginia through the National Health Service Corps. She became a Doctor of Medicine in 1974, earning her degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Akron, Ohio.  In 1977 she was licensed to practice in West Virginia, and in 1979 she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.

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Eulogy by Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW

Donations may be made online in Sr. Eileen’s memory._

 

 

 

Love Without Borders!/ Aimez Sans Frontieres!/Amate Senza Frontiere/ Amen Sin Fronteras!

New General Council Elected

 

8/23/18- Congratulations to the members of the thirty-second General Council of the Daughters of Wisdom. Pictured from the left: Sr. Antonella Prestia, General Councilor (Italy), Sr. Isabelle Retailleau, General Councilor (France), Sr. Rani Kurian, General Superior (India), Sr. Pierrette Bwamba, General Councilor (RD Congo), and Sr. Marie-Reine Gauthier General Councilor (Canada). The new leadership team will serve for the next six years and is mandated to live out the theme, “Love without borders.”


MISSION GRANTS

 

Since 2014 over $550,000 has been awarded through Daughters of Wisdom Mission Grants. Organizations that address injustice, violence, poverty, and oppression, especially among women and children, are candidates for annual grants of up to $15,000 for two consecutive years of funding. Grants are awarded in the Fall.

 

2018 Misson Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Mission Grants: St. Mary Gate of Heaven Academy, Ozone Park, NY, The Book Fairies, Freeport, NY, L’Arche Long Island, NY, Virginia Alternative to the Death Penalty, Richmond, VA, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, Chicago, IL, The Opening Word Program, Wyandanch, NY, Mary and Elizabeth Center, Oceanside, NY and The Center for Wisdom’s Women, Lewiston, ME.

 

Find out more about Wisdom Mission Grants.

 

ASSOCIATES OF WISDOM

 

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

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

Who are we?

Wisdom's Voice- Spring 2018

Associates of Wisdom in the News

2017 International Encounter of the Friends of Wisdom

 

 

 

New Leadership Team Elected

(L-R) Audrey Schroeder, AW, Sue O'Brien, AW, Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW,

Sr. Pat Schmidt, DW and Maria Roja, AW.

 

New leadership team members, Sue O’Brien and Maria Roja, elected in October 2018 at the Associates of Wisdom Day of Prayer and Discernment, formally began their roles as co-directors of the thirty-member group on January 1st. Associate Audrey Schroeder will serve as a council member and Sr. Pat Schmidt, DW will continue in her role as liason.

 

SOME OF OUR MINISTRIES

 

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 70 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.

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

Deborah L Kelly Named Executive Director of Wisdom House

 

LCWR Updates

August 23, 2018

Daughters of Wisdom endorse LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

January 2018

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

 

2017 LCRW National Assembly

A Reflection from

Provincial, Catherine Sheehan, DW and Sr. Evelyn Eckhardt, DW, Canonical Treasurer

 


SR. CLAIRE SULLIVAN, DW, 84

MARY CECILIA SULLIVAN

SR. CLAIRE OF THE IMMACULATE

9/21/34 – 1/11/19

65 YEARS PROFESSED

We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Claire Sullivan, DW, (Mary Cecilia Sullivan, Sr. Claire of the Immaculate) on January 11, 2019. Sr. Claire was 84 years old and would have been 65 years professed in February.
Sister was a graduate of Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Pak, NY, Seat of Wisdom College, Litchfield, Connecticut, where she earned her BA in Elementary Education, and Fordham University in New York, where she earned her Master’s degree in Special Education.
Sr. Claire served in ministries at Maryhaven Center of Hope in Port Jefferson, NY for a collective 20 years (1954-1959; 1964-1981) and 23 years at St. Isidore School in Riverhead, NY (1981-2004). In between, she served at Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Virginia (1962-1964) and Seat of Wisdom College (1959-1962). Sr. Claire also served at the Daughters of Wisdom Generalate in Rome, Italy on the Hospitality Committee (2004).
Sr. Claire died peacefully at Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, NY in the company of her dear friend, Sr. Laura Algiere, DW with whom she lived in community for many years. She will be greatly missed by the Daughters of Wisdom, her beloved sister Claire Hartill-Lee, her niece, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Eulogy by Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW

Donations may be made online in Sr. Claire’s memory._

 

 

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