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.
JESUS LIVING IN MARY
Sr. Jeannine Boutin, DW
The Third Sunday of Advent
When I think of Advent,
to me, it is “Jesus living in Mary” and without thinking, my whole being bows down and there is silence, and awe… I rest.
It is a sacred moment. I contemplate Mary at the moment when the angel greets her. I hear her answer, “Let it be done
to me as you say.” I hear her say, “My soul magnifies the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
This third Sunday of Advent invites us in the first reading: “Shout for joy,
be glad and exalt; do not be discouraged, take heart; the Lord is in your midst. St. Paul keeps saying, “Rejoice in the Lord! Rejoice! The Lord is near; with thanksgiving make your request known to God.”
In the Gospel, the crowds, the tax collectors and the soldiers asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” To each, he gives a different answer.
In my own life, I will also have a different question this Advent. Am I truly honest? Do I really want to be changed – to let the Lord do his work within me? With trust and confidence, I go to Mary to help me to be generous.
To imitate her in her faith, her humility- to love Jesus as she did. And most of all Advent means Jesus Wisdom becomes Incarnate and I want to imitate Wisdom in my life!
I pray O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in me, my whole being bows down and there is silence, and awe. I rest!
PAST WISDOM REFLECTIONS
O Come Thou Wisdom From On High, 2nd Sunday of Advent,
Valerie Day, AW
Come And Set Us Free 1st Sunday of Advent, Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW
Autumn Splendor Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW
Summertime Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW
I am With You Always Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW
St. Louis Marie 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, DW
Before I Built A Wall Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW
SR. EILEEN McGOWAN, DW
SR. EILEEN OF THE HOLY FACE
11/5/26 – 11/26/18
72 YEARS PROFESSED
We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Eileen McGowan, DW, 92 (Sr. Eileen of the Holy Face). Sister died peacefully at her residence Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent in Sound Beach, NY, on November 26, 2018.
Eulogy for Sr. Eileen McGowan
By Sr. Ann Gray
It was early in the morning of November 26th when we first learned that our Sister Eileen had died. She who entered the Novitiate of the Daughters of Wisdom at the age of 19 on Jan 31, 1945, and received the name of Sr. Eileen of the Holy Face had crossed over the threshold to become the newest member of the Communion of Saints.
As the poet, Emily Dickinson declares: “There’s a bustle in the house the day after death.” I guess it’s the poet’s way of saying nothing’s ever the same again! I remember that morning. I opened the Gospel reading for the day and it was Luke’s account of the Widow putting in her two small coins to pay the Temple fee. Strange, but there was a kind of “bustle” in my own brain as the words of the Gospel narrative changed before my eyes The words of the text read like this:
“And Sister Eileen entered that “place of giving,” Jesus looked up and saw this wonderfully generous woman humble in so many ways who held two small coins. It was all she had. She could give no more and would give no less. And Jesus said: “Those two small coins are a priceless gift given out of love for me.” And, suddenly I heard Eileen’s voice answer: “Lord, you know me, I always have to give my two cents worth!” Jesus smiled, and the two went off together. Some two cents worth! I and put down the Gospel reading, and thought I’d better get a cup of coffee. One thing was sure we always enjoyed listening to Eileen’s two cents worth. Call it the gift of the gab, her words were always filled with witticisms and yes, much wisdom. We shall miss “her two cents worth.”
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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