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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On May 7, Daughters of Wisdom world-wide celebrate the feast day of Blessed Marie Louise Trichet, co-founder of the Daughters of Wisdom. Blessed Marie Louise Trichet died at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in Vendée on April 28, 1759, the same day and location where St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort died 43 years earlier in 1716. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 16, 1993. In the process of examining her life prior to beatification, one cardinal wrote of her: "She offers an example of how to work for the development of the whole human person in a spirit of sacrifice, looking for no reward, ever open to read the signs of the times with a serene and humble spirit."
Marie Louise of Jesus
Sr. Ann Scahill, DW
Marie Louise Trichet was an 18th century woman, a woman of faith, a woman of action and a woman of prayer. She has a message to offer today's Christians, particularly those who dedicate themselves to the service of the elderly, the sick and the poor.
Marie Louise met Louis Marie de Montfort, a young French priest, when she was a young girl of 17. A woman of prayer, attentive to the voice of God, she heard God speaking to her when Montfort, in the confessional, told her that God sent her to him. Montfort invited her to leave her middle class family and come to live and work at the General Hospital in Poitier, which was a home for the poor, the vagrants and those whom King Louis XIV, the Sun King, wanted off the streets of France. Here for ten years, she served the vulnerable and the needy in the most menial of tasks. While she was living in the Hospital, Father de Montfort gave her a religious habit. It was the dress of a poor woman and had a rosary of large beads and a crucifix on the breast. Soon after, Montfort left the Hospital, while Marie Louise carried on courageously.
On April 28, Daughters of Wisdom world-wide celebrate the feast day of their founder St. Louis Marie Grignion De Montfort, a 17th century saint who is revered for his intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Born at Montfort, France on January, 31, 1673 he was a missionary in Brittany and Vendee and died at Saint Laurent sur Sevre, April, 28, 1716. He was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1947.
Montfort’s ‘Bucket List’
Sr. Ann Neilsen, DW
Those of us who have seen the movie Bucket List, featuring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, will remember that these two stars played the parts of a couple of feisty yet terminally ill patients faced with the reality that they would soon be ‘kicking the bucket’. They decided to make a list of all the things that they truly longed to do before they died, and actually carry out as many of those wishes as they could.
Well, St. Louis Marie de Montfort never sat down and wrote his ‘bucket list’ on paper, but it is very enlightening to consider what he felt impelled to do in the jam-packed years before his death at the age of 43. We may well ask ourselves when and how he first began to intuit his impending death.
Jubilee 2017 Celebrating 80, 70, 60 and 50 Years of Consecrated Life
February 2nd Jubilarians include (pictured above R-L) Sr. Marie Franck, 80 years, Sr. Emma Rohn, 70 years and Sr. Agnes Bracken, 60 years.
August 2 Jubilarians include (pictured above R-L) Sr. Joan Klemballa, Sr. Rosemary McKenna and Sr. Marilyn Soeder, 60 Years and (pictured below R-L) Sr. Lucille Clynes and Sr. Teresa de Jesus Aguilar Avila, 50 Years.
Reflections for Easter Sunday
What does resurrection look like?
The Daughters of Wisdom’s Leadership Team share their Easter reflections and answer the question, “What does resurrection look like?”
Sr. Catherine Sheehan reflects on “interculturality,” and believes “In order to live interculturality, …we need to live beyond our expectations.” Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux sees “Resurrection in the people who come to the food pantry” in her parish.” It’s in “…woeful endings out of which God brings forth new life” where Sr. Evelyn Eckhardt sees it. And Sr. Marie Chiodo asks, “Is it possible that the transformation that is known as “resurrection” is happening in real life, in real time?”
MISSION FUND GRANTS
$86,000 in Mission Fund Grants Awarded in 2016
The pre-application period for 2017 grant proposals is closed. Good luck to all those who applied!
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- Winter 2016/2017
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 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.
Sr. Virginia Marie Dunne, DW
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Virginia Marie Dunne, DW (Sr. Virginia Marie de Noel) on April 30, 2017 who died peacefully at age 87 with friends nearby and in the hands of wonderful care given by the staff of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent in Sound Beach, NY. Sr. Virginia was 68 years professed.
The eulogy in memory of Sr. Virginia Marie, affectionaly known as "honey,"was written by Sr. Ann Casagrande, DW.
As members of the LCWR, the leadership team of the Daughters of Wisdom shares with you the letter written to President Trump by the LCWR and CMSM.
SILVER SPRING (January 18, 2017). The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership...Read more.
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