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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A Healing Vision For Our World
Sr. Mary Stuart, DW
In the year 2000, the Orientations of the Daughters of Wisdom acknowledged Wisdom as the Source of Life and committed themselves to participate with her in the birthing of a new world. This vision continues to be a challenge to all of us as our world continues to become more and more fragmented. The images that held the scope of this vision were nothing less than a galaxy of the cosmos and an earth image of water flowing over mountain rock. The belief underpinning that vision is: "Wisdom is always precariously poised in the deep, chaotic turbulence of a constantly changing world. Today, the question remains: Can we engage Wisdom at the edge of this chaos?
Relationship to the Cosmos
The conscious and unconscious images that we hold about the true nature of the universe, of culture, of religion, of spirituality, and of the human person all have a profound impact on our conduct on this planet. To respond to the global crisis of our day and, therefore, to bring healing to our world, will require first and foremost, a transformation of the images we hold concerning the nature of the cosmos and our place and relationship to it. Our worldview must radically shift if we are to address the root causes of global problems, and not just the currently manifesting symptoms of war, poverty, hunger, pollution, violence and planetary destruction.
We need a healing vision. We need Wisdom's vision! We need a vision, which respects diversity, sees common ground and looks for unity. Such a vision calls us to see the world as a living, organic, sacred reality. Such a vision calls us to see our interconnectedness with every aspect of her being and functioning. Only such a vision will effect the change needed. The call is to a Wisdom-knowing of our participation, belonging, and identity in the Cosmic-Christ, in Wisdom. It is a vision of unity consciousness once the domain of mystics. And if it is the consciousness of mystics, then mystics we must be!
Transformation of Consciousness
We need effective models of change that address ecological and environmental issues as well as political, economic and social structures. However, most essential for transformative change, are the approaches of sacred psychology and Wisdom spirituality. It is these disciplines that address how we are to understand and relate to humankind and all life forms in the cosmos.
Wisdom Dwells With Experience Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW
Surprised by the Spirit Sr. Barbara O'Dea
Before I Built A Wall Sr. Marie Chiodo
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.
Going forward we will be incorporating some of the content into our own processes in the Province.
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.
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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?”
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 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.
New Executive Director Appointed at Wisdom House
Following an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Daughters of Wisdom, USA Province is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah L. Kelly from Bethel, Connecticut as Executive Director of Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. Kelly who begins in early October succeeds Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW who has served as Executive Director since 1990. As Executive Director, Kelly will be responsible for upholding the mission and core values of Wisdom House and for day to day management and administration of the Center. Having over 25 years of diverse experience in the field of social services, Kelly is passionate about serving others. Most recently she held the position as Executive Director of Youth & Family Services of Haddam- Killingworth, Connecticut.