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.
Sister Sheila Novak, SDS, who ministers to survivors of human trafficking at our SDS Hope House in California, inspires all of us to pray for the children, women and men who have been robbed of their dignity through this horrific crime. We share her Prayer for Freedom:
Rescuing God, so many times You have opened prison doors for us
and removed the chains that bind us–freeing us to be all we can be.
Yet, so often, we choose bondages of all sorts and even hold each other captive!
We come to You now to claim Your grace of freedom and
to do all we can to rescue our brothers and sisters.
May those who enslave others have a change of heart!
Give us the courage and creativity to stop the trafficking of all persons,that they too may live the fullness of life You intend for each one of us!
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, the one Who saves us. Amen.
Our Provincial Team was happy to approve the Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) Eco Club proposal to use a small piece of our land for their Eco Garden Project. Now we eagerly await the first sprout from potato plants housed in recycled bean bags (thanks, Colectivo Coffee)! Phase two calls for composting and raised gardens. The Eco Club also plans to enhance the garden area with butterflies and park benches.
Our 14th Annual Woman of Faith Award will be presented to Meg Kissinger, longtime health and environmental reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. The award recognizes Meg’s steadfast advocacy for persons with mental illness, which has been a focus of her work for more than 25 years. Meg’s compassion for society’s outcasts, due to lack of understanding about mental illness, is reflected in her latest investigative series, “Chronic Crisis: A System that Doesn’t Heal.”
The Sisters of the Divine Savior established the Woman of Faith Award in 2001 to shine a light on women whose life work embodies faith-inspired service. Our 2014 award presentation will take place on Thursday, September 18 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the SDS Community House, 4311 N. 100th Street in Milwaukee. Nominations for the Woman of Faith Award open on April 1 each year, and are accepted through midnight Friday before Memorial Day. Nomination information is available online or by calling the SDS Mission Advancement Office at 414-466-7414.
Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS celebrated 50 years of profession with the Sisters of the Divine Savior at the Salvatorian Family’s Jubilee Mass and dinner on Saturday, June 21. The next morning brought more celebration when she was honored for years of sharing worship, friendship and her art ministry with the people of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. In her address to the congregation entitled “Two Tables,” Sister Karlyn talked about how sharing prayer and fellowship at Immanuel Presbyterian has enhanced her life of service dedicated to making known the goodness and kindness of our Savior.
CREDO is a mission-directed employee retreat offered each year by Divine Savior Health Care (DSHC), one of our sponsored institutions. DSHC serves Portage, Wis. and surrounding communities with state-of-the-art hospital care, an assisted living facility and residential skilled care, and community clinics. DSHC employees are committed to “take care of ourselves so we can take care of others,” and CREDO helps them live up to that commitment. The CREDO retreat provides time away from work for DSHC staff to explore values that connect them to the mission of the Sisters of the Divine Savior. This year, CREDO participants could choose one of three charities to receive a $3 donation from DSHC in their name. All donations designated for Salvatorian School in Philippines will support the work of our Filipino Sisters who strive to help their local people lift themselves out of poverty through education.