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.
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.
Daughters of Wisdom celebrate Feast Day of
Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
On April 28th Daughters of Wisdom around the world celebrate the Feast Day
of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, co-founder of the Daughters of Wisdom. Born on January 31, 1673, in Montfort-sur-Meu, France he died on
April 28, 1716, at St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre. He was canonized in 1947. Learn more about Montfort through the insight of Daughter of Wisdom, Sr. Ann Nielsen.
St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
Feast Day, April 28
Sr. Ann Nielsen, DW
Many of you may already know St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort a s a long-standing patron saint of the Legion of Mary. Closer to home, at Lourdes in Litchfield, Connecticut his Consecration to Jesus through Mary has always been the source of grace and inspiration behind the pilgrimages, homilies, devotions, and liturgies so beautifully celebrated there.
What may not be so well known is Louis Marie de Montfort’s ground-breaking ministry to ordinary parishioners like you and me. Though not a pastor or even a parish priest, he spent a month to six weeks in every parish where he preached the annual parish retreat. In his short life of 43 years, he came to know the people of more than a hundred parishes of western France.
Like other missionaries of his time, he sought the conversion of evil-doers. But where other preachers of his time often labeled both the poor and the illiterate as hopeless sinners, St. Louis tried to restore their dignity, trust in God, and joy. He empowered ordinary lay people to ‘shine’ a little as they used their natural gifts for the Christian community.
Where other missionaries relentlessly pounded the themes of sinfulness and the terrors of hell, Montfort, especially in his later years, found creative ways for them to experience how much God loved them. Where others spent almost the whole mission on the death, judgment, heaven, and hell, he stressed the attractiveness and power of God’s love for the people and stimulated the ordinary earthy virtues that often thrive among them. The Christ he preached was tender, gentle, and loving; He was Eternal Wisdom who chose out of love to dwell among us. Mary, Mother of Jesus, was presented as the easiest and gentlest way to come to know and follow that very same Jesus.
Past Wisdom Reflections
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
Before I Built A Wall Sr. Marie Chiodo
Sisters Celebrate Jubilee Years
February 2018- Pictured above (L-R) Sr. Florence Veronica Byrne, DW (Sr. Veronica of the Cross), Sr. Patricia Curreri, DW (Sr. Fidelis Mary of the Immaculate) and Sr. Joan Zielinski, DW (Sr. Edward Marie of the Immaculate) all reach milestone Jubilees this month. Sr. Veronica celebrates 70 years, and Sr. Pat and Sr. Joan celebrate 60 years of profession.
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MISSION GRANTS: 2018 Pre-Grant Application Period Underway
Since 2014 over $450,000 has been awarded through 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.
The Daughters of Wisdom Grant fund is a two-step application process consisting of a pre-grant application followed by a formal grant application.
The pre-grant process begins in March and ends in May.
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 of the Daughters of Wisdom.
To learn more about the Associates of Wisdom follow the links below:
Wisdom's Voice- Spring 2018
SOME OF OUR MINISTRIES
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.
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.
January 2018- LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.
As they move on from this chapter in their lives and ministries, join us in congratulating and recognizing the fine work and dedication of Sr. Ann Marie Gardiner, SSND and Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW, who together have helped to empower and structure a way to better lives and futures for the women of El Salvador.
(Pictured above, Sr. Ann Marie Gardiner, SSND (C), and Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW (R) congratulate a graduate of one of SEW's programs.)