Called by God to a community life of prayer and mutual support, we are a congregation of Catholic Sisters who seek to promote justice and live in compassionate relationship with all God's people.
Committed by vows, we witness to the Gospel by living the values of universal love, poverty in spirit and truth, and active listening to the voice of God manifest in the Scriptures, in creation and in others.
Sent on mission throughout the world in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, we strive to share the message of Christ with people, especially women and children, experiencing injustice and poverty.
USA Province Leadership
Sr. Catherine Sheehan, DW, Provincial
Sister Cathy Sheehan most recently worked with AmeriCares – a non-profit disaster relief humanitarian aid organization based in Stamford, CT. Sr. Cathy was the Director of the AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport serving those without health insurance who do not have the financial resources for medical care.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY; a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia University, New York, NY and a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Sr. Cathy previously worked in Bristol, CT as the Director of Community Health for the Bristol-Burlington Health District and in Bridgeport, CT at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Sr. Cathy has done public health work in Belize, Central America and Armenia.
Sr. Cathy enjoys outdoor activities, theatre, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Sr. Evelyn Eckhardt, DW, Canonical Treasurer
Sister Evelyn is a spiritual director and leads retreats and workshops on spirituality. She is the past coordinator and continues to serve on the team of U.S. Province’s ministry, Fire in Our Hearts, which offers web-based Wisdom Spirituality through weekly reflections on its website, fireinourhearts.org.
Sr. Evelyn has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Seat of Wisdom College, Litchfield, CT; a Master’s degree in English from Boston College, Boston, MA; a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkley, CA, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Shalem Institute, Washington, DC.
Her past ministries include Coordinator of the International Renewal Program in Rome for the Daughters of Wisdom from the developing countries, Pastoral Ministry on the diocesan and parish levels and education on the secondary level. Sr. Evelyn has also served in formation and leadership within the U.S. Province as well as in various capacities for brief periods of time with the Daughters of Wisdom in Malawi, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Sr.
Evelyn enjoys reading, dancing and soaking in the beauty of creation.
Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW, Provincial Vicar
Sister Evelyn Lamoureux’s present ministry is with St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, in Elmont, NY as the Human Services Coordinator. Working in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, she assists people in accessing food, emergency financial assistance, home furnishings, and with a variety of other critical needs.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Seat of Wisdom College in Litchfield, CT, a Master’s degree in Astronomy and Meteorology from Cornell University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Fordham University. Sr. Evelyn has taught secondary and special education, and has extensive training in group dynamics, utilizing these skills while at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, NY.
Sr. Evelyn serves on a number of community boards and organizations including: Gateway Youth Outreach; Long Island Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods (LI-CAN), Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers, and the Zonta Club of Long Island. She is on the Executive Board of the Daughters of Wisdom, and is the Board Chair of the Martin de Porres School for Special Children.
Sr. Evelyn enjoys cooking, crafts and community organizing.
Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW
Sister Marie Chiodo's current ministry with Salvadoran Enterprises for Women helps women in rural El Salvador work their way out of poverty through small business development.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Seat of Wisdom College, Litchfield, Connecticut, a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Sr. Marie has taught high school in New York, Maine, and New Jersey. She was a campus minister in San Diego, California and Director of Religious Education in parishes in Colorado and Virginia. For 28 years she worked as an organizational consultant and facilitator in the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Sr. Marie has served in the ministry of leadership several times in the past.
Sr. Marie enjoys cooking, photographic and graphic art work and reading.
Past Provincial Leaders
2006-2014- Sr. Ann Gray
1994-2006- Sr. Evelyn Eckhardt
1987-1994- Sr. Barbara O’Dea
1980-1987- Sr. Jeanne Bouchard
1976-1980- Sr. Claire Peers
1971-1976- Sr. Edna Butler
1968-1971- Sr. Margaret Quigley
1964-1968- Sr. Mary of the Divine Wisdom
1958-1964- Sr. Patrick du Coeur de Jesus
1949-1958- Sr. Marie de l’Immaculee