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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




Join us this Lenten season as we reflect on Jesus’ sacrificial death and prepare for the most joyous celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.  


3/6, Ash Wednesday

Sr. Mary Stuart, DW

3/10, First Sunday of Lent

Sr. Ann Casagrande, DW

3/17, Second Sunday in Lent

Klara Tammany, AW

3/24, Third Sunday in Lent

Sr. Mary Stiefvater, DW

3/31, Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW

4/7, Fifth Sunday in Lent

Sr. Joan Kobe, DW

4/14, Palm Sunday

Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW

4/21, Easter Sunday

Sr. Ann Nielsen, DW






Like a Gift From Heaven Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW, and

Sr. Alice Benedict, DW

Weddings - A Time to Celebrate Sr. Barbara O'Dea, DW


2017- 2018 Reflections





6/20/37 - 2/9/19


Wisdom’s Radiance Never Sleeps
Ws. 7:10b


Modified from a tribute written by Sr. Emma Rohn, DW in recognition of Sr. Joan Klemballa’s 60th Jubilee, August 2017.


Sr. Joan Klemballa, from the beginning, was formed by Wisdom to set her light on a lampstand to give light to all in the house.  (Mt. 5:15)    Joan entered the Daughters of Wisdom from the parish of St. Gregory the Great in Bellerose, NY shortly after her graduation from Our Lady of Wisdom Academy, Ozone Park, NY. Professed on August 2, 1957… she received her religious name, Sr. Joan of the Rosary.  Her life … has truly reflected the Rosary’s luminous mysteries.  When Joan identified herself, she said emphatically, “I am a nurse!”  With good reason. Well-prepared for the splendid ministry, Joan earned her R.N. at Maryview Hospital School of Nursing in Portsmouth, VA. in 1961.  She began her nursing assignments in Brooklyn, NY at St. Charles Orthopedic Hospital followed by five years as supervisor in the operating room at Holy Family Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, all while earning her BS in Nursing from St. John’s University….  Then in 1968, she returned to St. Charles as Head Nurse and Assistant Director of Nursing Services.

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Eulogy by Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW

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

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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Eulogy by Sr. Marie Chiodo, 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. Pre-application begins in March, closes in May, and Grants are awarded in the Fall.


2019 Mission Grant Pre-Application Form

(Word) - (PDF)

The pre-application period for 2019 grants begins in March and closes in May.


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








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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