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.
Sisters of the Divine Savior are accepting nominations for the 2014 Woman of Faith Award now through Friday, May 23. The award honors a woman whose faith-inspired service improves the lives of people in need. The 14th annual award will be presented at a reception on September 18 in Milwaukee. Download a nomination packet, and read about our 2013 and 2012 award recipients. For more information, call Jan at 414-466-7414.
Our Filipino Sisters have a strong commitment to helping families lift themselves out of poverty through education. At Salvatorian School in Cebu City, Philippines, they’re laying the groundwork for change at a very young age. Read more in our spring issue of Salvatorian News.
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. May Sister Mary Jo rest in peace in the loving arms of our Savior.
When Sister Virginia Honish, SDS went to Tanzania to tutor local Salvatorian Sisters, she witnessed a vital working-learning partnership with their people to improve farming methods. Their goal is to wipe out the sad reality of villagers trafficking their children for sex in exchange for food for their families. Sister Virginia returned to the U.S. where she serves as care coordinator for our elderly Salvatorian Sisters. She shared her vision with former students, their parents, her Salvatorian family and friends, launching a grassroots campaign. In less than six months, they raised more than $70,000 for a new tractor, plow and wagon for the villages of Masasi, Mekulani and Tundura. Sister Virginia brings her passion and the goodness and kindness of Jesus wherever she finds great need. Celebrate the gifts of Sister Virginia and all Salvatorian Sisters during National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14!
Sister Georgene Faust, SDS uses the word “miraculous” to describe how education can change attitudes and build self-esteem in students of all ages. She began her teaching ministry in Catholic elementary schools in her home state of Wisconsin. Along with earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Milwaukee’s Marquette University, Sister Georgene acquired a steadfast habit of “walking everywhere” that preserves her youthful energy to share her love for learning. Today, she serves as a full-time instructor at Rio Salado College in Phoenix, preparing adults with special needs for GEDs and job training. We celebrate the gifts of Sister Georgene and all Salvatorian Sisters during National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14!