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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.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Sr. Barbara O’Dea, DW reflects on the

Gospel of Matthew (4:7), NYPD Det. Steven McDonald

and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Sr. Barbara O’Dea, DW

Over The past two weeks, I was struck by two very different events. The first was the announcement of the death of NYPD Det. Steven McDonald. Shot in Central Park in 1986 by a teenager attempting to steal a bike, it left him paralyzed from the neck down. For the rest of his life, he remained dependent on a respirator and a wheelchair. His response was an incredible leap of faith. In extreme darkness, he discovered his call to spread the Good News of forgiveness and peace. Supported by his faith, his wife and family, and his co-workers, he chose to live life to the limit of his capacities. Eight months after this tragedy he publicly forgave the teen who shot him. His mission had begun. Det. McDonald gave talks in schools, public and Catholic; encouraged bringing police and the communities they served closer together in his native New York. When invited, he carried his message to places as far away as Bosnia. The thousands who attended his wake and funeral or stood as an honor guard along the way are witnesses to the fact that his life speaks to desires deep inside us all.

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New Wellness Team Leader

Hired at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent

Welcome to Amanda Palmeri who has been hired to serve in a newly created health care initiative at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent in Sound Beach, NY. Amanda is our new Wellness Team Leader and will be working to establish a holistic approach to care through programs that will help to prevent disease and promote well-being to the 17 Sisters who reside at OLPH. Amanda will design new approaches in care that will incorporate a variety of community health care resources and providers to benefit not only the Sisters who live at OLPH but the staff as well.


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Daughters of Wisdom Award $86,000

in 2016 Mission Fund Grants


$86,000 will go to six organizations this year through the awarding of the Daughters of Wisdom’s Mission Fund Grants. Three organizations will receive a second year of funding and three others will join them as this year’s recipients.


The Mission Fund established in 2012, awards grants up to $15,000 on a yearly basis, and allows for two consecutive years of funding. The fund was established to keep the congregation thriving through funding projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Such are those that address injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children.


The Haitian Apostolate Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center of Portsmouth, Virginia and the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants based in Chicago, Illinois, will receive funding for a second year and first year grants will go to L’Arche Long Island, NY,  New Opportunities of Torrington, CT and Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Freeport, NY.

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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



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.
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