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
Blessed Marie-Louise Trichet
On May 7th Daughters of Wisdom around the world celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Marie-Louise Trichet, co-founder of the Daughters of Wisdom.
Blessed Marie-Louise Trichet, also known as Marie-Louise de Jésus with St. Louis-Marie de Montfort founded the Congregation of Daughters of Wisdom in France in 1703. Recognized as the first Daughter of Wisdom, she established the mother house, opened the novitiate, formed the first Sisters, established communities, and governed the Daughters of Wisdom for more than forty years. A risk-taking seeker of Wisdom, she responded to the roles of administrator, business person, and teacher; and with common sense and simplicity, she brought dignity and compassion to all those who she encountered.
Relentless in her pursuit of service to the poor and disenfranchised, she is pictured on the back of a horse, the way she routinely traveled the roads of France, responding to the needs of the people for healthcare, education, rehabilitation, shelter, and food. It was at the Poitiers poorhouse that she gathered the first group of women who would serve alongside her.
Born on May 7, 1684, in Poitiers, France, she died at age 75 in 1759 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France. It was 43 years later but on the same day (April 28th) same time, and same place, as Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. Her body lies next to his in the basilica at Saint-Laurent. By the time of her passing, the congregation included 174 sisters in 36 communities and the Mother House in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre.
Pope John-Paul II beatified her on May 16, 1993. In the process of examining her life before 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."
Today Daughters of Wisdom around the world– in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania continue the legacy of Blessed Marie-Louise in 21 countries facing the challenges of the day by promoting justice and seeking and preaching Wisdom through education, spirituality, healing and the arts.
Written by iconographer Angela Manno in 1997, the icon of Blessed Marie Louise Trichet (top left) is enthroned in the chapel at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT.
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.
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.
August 2018- Pictured below (L-R) Sr. Jeannine Boutin, DW (Sr. Hilaire du Sacre Coeur), Sr. Mary Jo O’Connor (Sr. Maria Christi of Wisdom), Sr. Edna English, DW (Sr. Anne Gregory of the Cross) and Sr. Mary Jane Cashin, DW (Sr. Mary Delores of the Rosary) will all celebrate Jubilee years in August. Sr. Janine will celebrate 75 years, and Sisters Mary Jo, Edna, and Mary Jane will 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.)
Sr. Marie Immaculata Vane, DW
August 9, 1925 – April 22, 2018
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Marie Immaculata Vane, DW, 92 who entered into eternal life on April 22, 2018.
Sr. Marie will be greatly missed
by her loving family, Sisters, Associates and Wisdom Circle friends. She leaves behind a brother, Edwin and many nieces and nephews.