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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.

Wisdom Reflections



Sr. Barbara O’Dea

In every age, in every culture, weddings are a time to celebrate. They are all about relationships – the intimate relationship between two people that becomes a lifetime commitment to each other. For believers, it joins them to God and each other on the path of life. Memories of the wedding endure, anniversaries are celebrated, hopefully, “till death do us part.”

The context of John 2:1-11 is a first-century village wedding at Cana in Galilee. Today so many circumstances are different, yet so much is the same. At this wedding the guest list is impressive. The mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were among those invited. Mary, ever compassionate, sees a tragedy looming. She turns to her son and simply says, “They have no wine.” His response has confused theologians throughout the centuries, but his mother knew in her heart that he would do something.

We don’t often think of Mary as a woman of action but act she did. She turned to the servants and said, “Do whatever he tells you,” then steps into the background. Mary, the mother of Jesus, takes on a new role. She becomes a disciple, one who directs others to Jesus and moves on. Like her, that is our role as believers in every age, wherever we are. We, all of the baptized, are called to be his disciples, to call others to him, to be his witnesses.

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Christmas Reflections,

Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW and Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW

God Shall Be Peace, 4th Sunday of Advent, Sr. Grace Malonzo, DW

Jesus Living in Mary, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Sr. Jeannine Boutin, DW

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

Blessed Marie Louise Trichet Feast Day, May 7

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


3/22/35 – 1/15/2019

We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Eileen Catherine Catterson, DW, MD, 83, (Sr. Eileen of Our Lady). Sister passed peacefully into eternal life on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Sister would have been 64 years professed in February.

Sister Eileen began her ministry in the health care in 1955 as a student in Maryview Hospital School of Nursing in Portsmouth, Virginia and left as a clinical instructor in 1962 before going off to mission as an instructor at St. Joseph Hospital in Malawi, Africa. There she also served as a head nurse and headmistress of nursing. In 1967 she returned to the United States to pursue studies in the medical field, and later to do a residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital, Ohio. She then went to West Virginia through the National Health Service Corps. She became a Doctor of Medicine in 1974, earning her degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Akron, Ohio.  In 1977 she was licensed to practice in West Virginia, and in 1979 she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.

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WAKE: Monday, January 21, 2019, 2 – 5 PM, Prayer Service, 3 PM Moloney Funeral Home, Port Jefferson, New York

FUNERAL MASS: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 11 AM

St. Louis de Montfort Church, Sound Beach, New York.

Donations may be made online in Sr. Eileen’s memory._





9/21/34 – 1/11/19


We are saddened to report the passing of Sr. Claire Sullivan, DW, (Mary Cecilia Sullivan, Sr. Claire of the Immaculate) on January 11, 2019. Sr. Claire was 84 years old and would have been 65 years professed in February.
Sister was a graduate of Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Pak, NY, Seat of Wisdom College, Litchfield, Connecticut, where she earned her BA in Elementary Education, and Fordham University in New York, where she earned her Master’s degree in Special Education.
Sr. Claire served in ministries at Maryhaven Center of Hope in Port Jefferson, NY for a collective 20 years (1954-1959; 1964-1981) and 23 years at St. Isidore School in Riverhead, NY (1981-2004). In between, she served at Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Virginia (1962-1964) and Seat of Wisdom College (1959-1962). Sr. Claire also served at the Daughters of Wisdom Generalate in Rome, Italy on the Hospitality Committee (2004).
Sr. Claire died peacefully at Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, NY in the company of her dear friend, Sr. Laura Algiere, DW with whom she lived in community for many years. She will be greatly missed by the Daughters of Wisdom, her beloved sister Claire Hartill-Lee, her niece, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Donations may be made online in Sr. Claire’s memory._





11/5/26 – 11/26/18




(Eulogy by Sr Ann Gray, DW)


Donations may be made online in Sr. Eileen’s memory.



Love Without Borders!/ Aimez Sans Frontieres!/Amate Senza Frontiere/ Amen Sin Fronteras!

New General Council Elected


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.


Find out more about Wisdom Mission Grants.




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:

Who are we?

Wisdom's Voice- Spring 2018

Associates of Wisdom in the News

2017 International Encounter of the Friends of Wisdom




New Leadership Team Elected

(L-R) Audrey Schroeder, AW, Sue O'Brien, AW, Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW,

Sr. Pat Schmidt, DW and Maria Roja, AW.


New leadership team members, Sue O’Brien and Maria Roja, elected in October 2018 at the Associates of Wisdom Day of Prayer and Discernment, formally began their roles as co-directors of the thirty-member group on January 1st. Associate Audrey Schroeder will serve as a council member and Sr. Pat Schmidt, DW will continue in her role as liason.




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
Click here to take a tour of Wisdom House from the air.

Deborah L Kelly Named Executive Director of Wisdom House




LCWR Updates

August 23, 2018

Daughters of Wisdom endorse LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

January 2018

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans


2017 LCRW National Assembly

A Reflection from

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










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