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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.

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Wisdom Reflections

 

Wisdom Dwells With Experience

 

Sr. Lucille Clynes, DW

August has historically been one of the months that the Daughters of Wisdom celebrate the profession of religious vows. August 2, August 15 and August 22 are dates that remind many among us of God’s gracious invitation to follow more deeply the call to profess the three vows of consecrated poverty, chastity, and obedience.

 

In the Jubilee note from the General Team of the Congregation, Sister Louise Madore, DW suggested that it would be most appropriate to review pictures and journals   of our years within the congregation and share these stories with one another. Believing as we do that “wisdom dwells with experience,” it is important to let the light of our God dwell within our hearts as well as within our relationships.

 

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Past Reflections

Surprised by the Spirit  Sr. Barbara O'Dea

Before I Built A Wall  Sr. Marie Chiodo

 

 

Jubilee 2017                                                                  Celebrating 80, 70, 60 and 50 Years of Consecrated Life

 

 

Daughters of Wisdom renewed their vows before Provincial Catherine Sheehan, the congregation, family and friends on Jubilee Saturday, August 5, 2017. Pictured (L-R): Provincial Leader, Sr. Catherine Sheehan, Sr. Rosemary McKenna, Sr. Agnes Bracken, Sr. Emma Rohn, Sr. Joan Klemballa, Sr. Marilyn Soeder, Sr. Lucille Clynes and Sr. Teresa de Jesus Aguilar Avila.

 

February Jubilarians include (pictured above R-L) Sr. Marie Franck, 80 years,

Sr. Emma Rohn, 70 years and Sr. Agnes Bracken, 60 years.

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August 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.

 

 

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LCWR Update

 

2017 LCRW National Assembly

 

A Reflection from

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

 

The 2017 LCWR Assembly was a truly contemplative experience of exploring the theme, “Being the Presence of Love: the Power of Transformation.” The process of contemplative dialogue and the entire atmosphere of the Assembly favored deep listening to one another and to the Spirit of God.

 

The presentations of Chris Pramuk and Jan Richardson resonated forcefully with our personal and communal reality in this time of major transition in religious life. The Presidential Address of Mary Pellegrino, CSJ, called us to move forward with the “new narrative” of religious life that is emerging among us.  In her address as the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award, Sr. Constance FitzGerald, OCD, challenged us to ever deeper communion on the evolutionary path we are treading.

 

The panel dialogues and the listening sessions gave us the opportunity to begin to integrate the richness of the input – always with the intent of engaging us in that greater communion among ourselves, with others in our Church and world, and with creation.

 

Public Statement of the Assembly with reference to the current situation between the United States and North Korea.

 

We encourage you to visit the website of LCWR:  https://lcwr.org/calendar/lcwr-assembly-2017 where you will find the texts of the presentations – some of which are available in Spanish and French.

 

Going forward we will be incorporating some of the content into our own processes in the Province.

 

Past Actions

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.Read more.

 

 

 

2017 International Encounter of the Friends of Wisdom

With Wisdom Let Us Be Prophets of Hope

 

August 16- 24, 2017

Saint Laurent sur Sèvre

Friends of Wisdom came from 15 countries to walk together in the footsteps of Montfort and Marie Louise. They came bringing the richness of their cultures and their journeys with Wisdom. They came seeking Wisdom. They came from their service to the poor. They came with a love of the Daughters of Wisdom with whom they collaborate in ministry. They brought their deep faith and prayer to our encounter with one another.

 

The Pilgrimage, organized by Sr. Chantal Rabier, Sr. Marie Laure Paillet, Nic Slaus and Pierre Marie Micheaux challenged us to be “prophets of hope in our world today – a hope anchored in our social, cultural, economic and spiritual reality.” 

 

Each day brought us together around a shared family story in the life of Marie Louise and Montfort. We prayed and reflected at Poitiers, coming to know Marie Louise in her struggles and her persistence in birthing the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom. We travelled to La Rochelle to the hospital where Montfort welcomed the poor, the misfits, of which the Sisters were in charge.  There in deep silence, we walked the worn wooden steps to Marie Louise’s bedroom. It is difficult to describe the silences that accompanied our trips across the Cesson Bridge, the day at Pontchateau, the cave at Mervent – silences filled with the holy and with Wisdom. At each place, the story of Montfort, his passionate preaching, love of the poor, the Cross and Mary were recounted, as well as his sufferings and disappointments. Walking the Stations of the Cross at Pontchateau brought to mind the suffering world all around us.

 

In the midst of our pilgrim journey, we had fun filled entertainment from the different countries, enjoyed delicious French food and formed friendships. In the final session of the Friends of Montfort meeting, there was a plea that the Daughters of Wisdom set up an International Friends of Wisdom Committee to continue these encounters and to keep Friends in the entities linked in creative ways. Sr. Louise Madore, Superior General made a commitment to make that happen.

What do we take back home? Here are some reflections.

“I found the Wisdom that is in me by following Louis de Montfort; I believe that to befriend Wisdom is to be work with the poor.” 

“Mary was always like at the cross.  Now I understand her differently. She faced problems like I do. I feel I can turn to her now.”

“It gives me new spiritual commitment. To speak of the places is nice, but to come to the places changes one’s life. “

I didn’t want to come- be separated from my family- but I feel now the faith of everyone here and I go home to do the mission.”

“I did not like the poor- was afraid of them…I want to change that. I want to find wisdom, like Montfort did. How do you find wisdom?”

 


MISSION FUND GRANTS

 

$86,000 in Mission Fund Grants Awarded in 2016

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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:

 

Who are we?

 

Wisdom's Voice- Winter 2016/2017

 

Associates of Wisdom in the News

 

Associates Annual Retreat


SOME OF OUR MINISTRIES

Fire in Our Hearts

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
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2nd Annual Yard Sale 9/30 & 10/1

 

 

Join us for our

2nd Annual Yard Sale on

Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st

from 10 am to 3 pm


 

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