From their very beginning in the 1700’s, the Daughters of Wisdom were sent to cities throughout France to educate young girls and those who were poor. Their dedication to education continues to this day in the United States and, internationally, in 21 countries of the world. In the United States, the Sisters cultivated formal learning in primary and secondary schools, parish religious education programs and in university medical settings.  Over time the sisters’ ministries have evolved as well into a broad range of education in home, neighborhood, civic, retreat center and social outreach settings.


Cynthia Ross Reflects on Education at Our Lady Of Wisdom Academy

Cynthia Ross attended Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Park, NY from 1948-1952. In this video produced by Tom Brawn (2015) she talks about the history of the Daughters of Wisdom and her experience as a student and particularly the impact her chemistry teacher, Sr. Mary Antoinette, DW, had on her. The video was produced for a retreat weekend for the parish she serves on as a council member. The assignment was to give a 5 minute talk on a saint. November 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary (11/19/64) of martyrdom of Sr. Mary Antoinette, DW in Isangi, Congo. Although she is not officially recognized as a saint, Cynthia Ross shared that when given the assignment, Sr. Mary Antoinette was the only "saint" that came to her mind. Read more about Sr. Mary Antoinette: 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Sr. Mary Antoinette, DW- November 19, 2014

Daughters of Wisdom by Cynthia Ross


Founders of:

High Schools

  1. Our Lady of Wisdom, St. Agatha, Maine
  2. Our Lady of Wisdom Academy, Ozone Park, NY
  3. Holy Angels, Craddock, Virginia
  4. St. Bernadette’s, Springfield, Virginia
  5. Christ the King, Middle Village, NY

Elementary Schools

St. Thomas the Apostle, Madawaska, Maine

Evangeline and Acadia Elementary, Madawaska, Maine

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lille, Maine

Montfort School, St. Agatha, Maine

Montfort Academy, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School, Port Jefferson, New York

St. Mary Gate of Heaven, Ozone Park, NY

Schools for Children with Special Needs

Maryhaven Center of Hope (1930)

Past Ministries

Brooklyn College, NY

Christ the King High School, Middle Village, NY

Hunter College, NY

Institutio de la Sabiduria, Bogota, Columbia

St. Francis Preparatory School, Fresh Meadows, NY

St. John's University, Jamaica, NY

St. Isidore School, Riverhead, NY

Mc Gann-Mercy High School, Riverhead, NY

Chorpus Christi School, Wethersfield, CT


Current ministries

Malloy College, NY

Martin De Porres School, Elmont, NY



Our Lady Of Wisdom Academy, 101-25 104th. Street, Ozone Park , NY, (1910-1970) was located next to St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish Church and School.

Opened: circa 1910. The high school division of Our Lady of Wisdom Academy of New York City, Diocese of Brooklyn opened in 1910. This was preceded by a very small boarding school which began operation in 1905

Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW
Pastoral Associate
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


After serving on the immediate past Provincial Leadership team for seven years as Canonical Treasurer and Vocation Promotor, in October 2014, Sr. Lucy Clynes joined Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, in the Diocese of Saint Augustine, Florida as a Pastoral Associate.  With approximately 2,964 registered families, the Parish grows each week by two to three new families.  As Pastoral Associate, Sr. Lucy implements the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ plan for an ongoing adult education and faith formation program, “Were Not Our Hearts Burning,” and oversees the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team in welcoming members into the Catholic Church, in addition to supervising some 45 ministries. One includes a partnership with the University of Notre Dame which involves mentoring a young woman from the school’s Echo Program. Candidates receive “on the job” training in the various aspects of parish life during a two year internship in a structured formational program. At the conclusion of the program, the apprentice receives a Masters in Theology from Notre Dame.


Sr. Lucy works closely with the MOMS Coordinator, Jeannie Sanchez and the CORE Team in the ministry of the Moms Sharing (MOMS) program which assists women in their journey of personal growth and development in their faith lives.  The networking and support especially to new moms is invaluable.  Developed in 1992 by Sister Paula Hagen, OSB as a concrete outreach of her congregation to serve the needs of women, it had been totally funded by the Benedictines, and as of 2015 it has evolved into Within Ministries The founders and board of directors of Within Ministries are former leaders of the national Ministry of Mothers Sharing ​ whose lives were deeply impacted by the spiritual growth process and who value a national support structure to serve that process.


Recently the core team of MOMS chose "Family First" as their theme for the year following the initiatives of Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family.  In keeping with this theme, they bring to each of their gatherings a life-sized cut out of the Pope Francis (pictured left) as a gentle reminder of the Synod, the theme and the needed follow up.The group meets over an eight week period of time.



Since establishing their community in Huntington Station, NY, Daughters of Wisdom Sr. Bernadette Sassone and Sr. Marilyn Soeder, along with Associate of Wisdom, Audrey Schroeder have been busy at work teaching at the “Opening Word” ESL program for women, run by the Amityville Dominican Sisters at St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish, in Huntington Station, NY. The program has over 100 women, with a waiting list.  




Besides this program, Sr. Marilyn participates in group sessions at the parish for Hispanic women, covering topics of importance to them. She also maintains her position at Martin de Porres H.S. in Rockaway, NY where she provides social work services one day a week. Sr. Bernadette also teaches CCD in the parish for a group of Hispanic teenagers.







Pictured above (L-R) are Associate of Wisdom, Audrey Schroeder, Sr. Marilyn Soeder, DW and Sr. Bernadette Sassone, DW.