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.
I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS
Matt. 28, 20
Sr. Barbara O’Dea, DW
Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ celebrates Christ among us in the Eucharist and within us, the community of the baptized. These readings place us squarely before two breakthrough covenants that God made with his chosen people in ages past that endure to this day. In the Exodus covenant, through Moses God calls a people to be his own, to hear his word and live according to his law. For the people, the law was a gift, they knew what they had to do. They responded enthusiastically: All that the Lord has said we will do. With those words, the covenant was sealed. The chosen people have lived by that covenant ever since. At his Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus shared the bread and wine of a new covenant with them. In his gospel, Luke adds the mandate, Do this in memory of me. For 21 centuries Christians, gathered at Eucharist have celebrated this sacred meal.
Recently, Pope Francis sent a letter to the 1.2 billion Catholics throughout the world on living our covenant. His modest goal was to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time with all its risks, challenges, and opportunities. He reminds us that the Lord has chosen each and every one of us ‘to be holy and blameless before him in love’ and describes the following of Christ, the path to holiness, as a way of life emphasizing that this call comes to us with baptism.
For me this letter was like finding a treasure. I share just two points in it for your consideration. First, the emphasis on the call to holiness as practical, demanding and accessible to all. As the Pope Francis expresses it, we are called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we are. He goes on to note that Jesus explained what it means to be holy when he gave us the beatitudes which are the Christian’s identity card. The Pope adds that we are called to lives of service to others – the hungry, the thirsty, those who are sick, homeless, or in prison (Matt.25, 35ff.).
The second point made me smile, its title: The Saints Next Door. Pope Francis urges us to be spurred on by the signs of holiness that the Lord shows through the humblest members of God’s people. Who are they? I opened my eyes and, lo and behold, there they were in parishioners who day by day, year after year work in interfaith collaboration to feed the hungry of the area at the Welcome In. I see them in the homes of those who take care of a chronically ill or a handicapped member of their families. They are present in their work places where others see the impact of gospel values like truth, justice, and respect for others, and in the volunteer services of so many others. Think about people you know. Who are the saints next door you recognize?
The feast of Corpus Christi reminds us that personally and together we are the Body of Christ. The challenge: to use our God-given gifts and talents so that the kingdom of God will spread in these troubled times. One of the hymns we sing together says it well - We are many parts, we are all one body, and the gifts we have, we’ve been given to share. May the Spirit of Love make us one in deed; One the love that we share, one our hope in despair, one the cross that we bear. (Marty Haugen)
Sisters Celebrate Jubilee Years
February 2018- Pictured above (L-R) Sr. Florence Veronica Byrne, DW (Sr. Veronica of the Cross), Sr. Patricia Curreri, DW (Sr. Fidelis Mary of the Immaculate) and Sr. Joan Zielinski, DW (Sr. Edward Marie of the Immaculate) all reach milestone Jubilees this month. Sr. Veronica celebrates 70 years, and Sr. Pat and Sr. Joan celebrate 60 years of profession.
August 2018- Pictured below (L-R) Sr. Jeannine Boutin, DW (Sr. Hilaire du Sacre Coeur), Sr. Mary Jo O’Connor (Sr. Maria Christi of Wisdom), Sr. Edna English, DW (Sr. Anne Gregory of the Cross) and Sr. Mary Jane Cashin, DW (Sr. Mary Delores of the Rosary) will all celebrate Jubilee years in August. Sr. Janine will celebrate 75 years, and Sisters Mary Jo, Edna, and Mary Jane will celebrate 60 years of profession.
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SAVE THE DATE
SUMMER YARD SALE
Since 2014 over $450,000 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.
A review of applications for this year's grants is currently underway. Grants will be awarded in the Fall of 2018.
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.
January 2018- LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.
PAST WISDOM REFLECTIONS
St. Louis Marie Grignion 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
Before I Built A Wall Sr. Marie Chiodo