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.
Sr. Barbara O’Dea, DW
While every season marks a turning point in the year, perhaps none is more dramatic than autumn. Picture it in your imagination. Images of incomparable beauty flood the memory with magnificent foliage, leaves shimmering in the sunlight, a riot of color fluttering in the trees. It is the season of ripeness, the time of harvest when farmers reap the fruits of their labors and families visit pumpkin patches and orchards to enjoy the bounties of the earth.
Small wonder that autumn has given rise to so many festive traditions. Pumpkins, picked and carved, decorate our doorsteps and our lives. There are orchards full of apples to eat, to cook for applesauce, bake into pies or dumplings and apple cider to make. Warm sunshine and crisp, cool air beckon us outdoors during the early days of autumn to a picnic in the park or a barbecue with friends in the backyard. People gather at State Fairs, local carnivals and contests to judge who grew the biggest, best or even the ugliest tomato. Perhaps there is even an Octoberfest somewhere in the area with singing and dancing. So many things to be thankful for!
By way of contrast, stormy days mark the change of seasons – terrifying lightning flashes across the sky eventually touching down on earth. Tremendous claps of thunder call attention to how close the storm is. We long for the noise to fade into the distance. At times hurricane winds roar in from the sea. Oceans and rivers rise to flood large areas. Mother Nature struggles with water, wind, and fire as she sweeps summer out of autumn’s path. At the height of these storms, dogs howl, families huddle together in the safest spot in their homes; many whisper a prayer for deliverance. Others evacuate their homes altogether to travel as far from danger as possible.
PAST WISDOM REFLECTIONS
Summertime Sr. Barbara O'Dea
I am With You Always Sr. Barbara O'Dea
St. Louis Marie Grignion 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
Before I Built A Wall Sr. Marie Chiodo
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Love Without Borders!/ Aimez Sans Frontieres!/Amate Senza Frontiere/ Amen Sin Fronteras!
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.”
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.
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:
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.
August 23, 2018