Sisters of the Divine Savior, also known as Salvatorian Sisters, were founded in Tivoli, Italy in 1888 by Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan with Blessed Mary of the Apostles. Our international congregation of 1,200 Salvatorian Sisters minister in 29 countries on five continents, to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus, Savior of the world. In solidarity with all those we serve, we walk alongside the elderly, the young, the hungry, the sick, and the imprisoned. In collaboration with our larger Salvatorian Family of Priests, Brothers and Lay men and women, we give ourselves to a worldwide mission in the spirit of our founders.
The first National Catholic Sisters Week kicks off tomorrow, March 8 and runs through Friday, March 14 as part of Women’s History Month. Catholic Sisters have made, and continue to make vital contributions in education, health care, criminal justice, social justice, theology, the arts and politics. It’s more than a “Catholic” story. Wherever good things are happening, women religious are often involved. Catholic Sisters stand with the poor and vulnerable, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or religious beliefs. In addition to highlighting the significant role Catholic Sisters have had historically, National Catholic Sisters Week will shine a light on the lives, mission, and works of contemporary sisters. National Catholic Sisters Week is made possible through a generous grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to St. Catherine’s University, which is launching a three-year initiative to encourage young women to be open to the call to religious life.
Living her dream to serve as a missionary in China only lasted a year, but Sister Mary Jo Schmidt, SDS never stopped learning and looking for ways to serve others. She died on March 1 at the age of 93. Today we celebrate her life at her Mass of Christian Burial.
As religious sponsor for Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Salvatorian Sisters took part in the inaugural VOCARE prayer service sending DSHA seniors out into the local community for service immersion. VOCARE, a Latin word meaning to draw forth, to call, will now be the capstone for four years of service learning that is a vital part of the DSHA curriculum. For the next two weeks, members of the senior class will volunteer daily at nearby schools, elder care facilities, and community outreach agencies. Students will integrate fully into their chosen organization’s mission to serve a particular needy population, and then reflect on their service experience.
Sisters of the Divine Savior invite single women ages 19-40 to explore religious life at a discernment day on Saturday, February 1. Reflect and share about hearing God’s call with Salvatorian Sisters and members of six other women religious communities. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Maria Conference Center of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove, Wis. Contact Sister Mary Lee Grady, SDS, at 414-466-0810 ext 229 for more information.
When Sr. Deanna’s not home to pick up the phone, she might be found in the preschool classroom at Mother of Good Council in Milwaukee.
When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called, Sister Deanna Schroeder, SDS picked up. Newspaper columnist Jim Stingl’s telephone survey of local women religious communities was prompted by Pope Francis’ attempt to pass along New Year’s greetings to a convent in Spain. Apparently, the pope was dismayed to get an answering machine. Read Stingl’s tongue-in-cheek survey results from which he concludes, “The pontiff won’t risk a phone tiff by getting the answering machine at convents around Milwaukee.”