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A look back 50 years later
Beatification of Mary of the Apostles

by Sister Margaret Bosch, SDS It was about October 10, 1968 that I, along with Sister Charline (Margaret) Shekleton, our provincial, and Sister Mary Michael (Grace) Cavanaugh arrived at our Motherhouse in Rome, Italy. We had come to England by ship, the S.S. United States, and then flew to Rome from ...read more

2018 Woman of Faith Award Presentation Video

Thanks to all who gathered with us at our Community House on September 27, 2018 to honor Michelle “Shelly” Runte as our 2018 Woman of Faith. If you weren’t among our 100+ guests, click here to be inspired by Shelly’s faith in action.

Sister Bernadette Kline, SDS embraced all ministries “heart first”

Sister Bernadette Kline, SDS had a heart on fire for the missions of the Sister of the Divine Savior, and embraced every call to serve with high energy. She died on Saturday, September 23 at the age of 93. After years dedicated to teaching in Wisconsin parochial schools, Sr. Bernadette and ...read more

Celebrate with artist Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS

Opening Reception: Watercolor Women Series Please join us at Alverno College Saturday, October 6, 2018 Reception from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Alverno College Founders Hall - 3rd fl oor 3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee Please park in lot E, Corner of 39th St. and Morgan Ave.     Thanks to the generosity of Kohler Foundation, Inc., this 17-piece collection is now a permanent exhibit sponsored ...read more

We call her Blessed

After growing up in Germany, Therese von Wüllenweber joined Father Jordan’s Apostolic Teaching Society in Rome on September 5, 1882. Together they co-founded the Sisters of the Divine Savior and she became the Community’s Mother and guide. In 1894, Mother Mary was fortunate to accomplish her life task: establishing the ...read more

SOROPTLINE: Letter to the Editor

While living in Vista, Calif., Sisters Shelia Novak and Jean Schafer often collaborated with local Soroptimists. Members of this global organization advocate for women and girls through education and empowerment. Local clubs support global Dream Programs that provide guidance and resources to women and girls overcoming incredible life challenges. The ...read more

Do pets have a higher purpose?

by Kaitlin Seebruch Mission Advancement Intern People are often quick to label themselves as either a “dog person” or “cat person.” Salvatorian Sisters Virginia Honish and Liz Christensen fit the labels, but not the stereotypes. Sr. Liz is not a crazy cat lady and Sr. Virginia enjoys the company of a bird just ...read more

“Knowing her call is only from God”

Salvatorian Sister Yasinta Godfrey, SDS recalls her father’s words when she professed first vows in her east Africa homeland of Tanzania. “Now I am free to let her go, knowing her call is only from God.” Years earlier, when Sr. Yasinta spoke of her desire to join a Catholic Sister’s community, her ...read more

2018 Joyful Jubilee

  Photos from the Salvatorian Jubilee Celebration, June 23, 2018

God bless America!

One-hundred nineteen years after our nation’s independence, the first Salvatorian Sisters arrived in Milwaukee, Wis. Three, Sisters Raphaela, Walburga and Agnes were missioned from Rome to provide in-home nursing care to Milwaukee residents. Sister Raphaela documented their experience with the festivities of America’s Independence Day in the Chronicles. Ninety years ...read more

Sister Mary Ruth Dittman, SDS

Sister Mary Ruth Dittman, SDS died on June 18, professed 69 years. We’ll celebrate her life on Monday, June 25 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee. Visitation at 12:45 p.m. will be followed by a remembering service and Mass of Christian Burial at 1:15. Burial at ...read more

Sister Frances Marie Lendle, SDS

We celebrated the life of Sister Frances Marie Lendle last Friday at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus. She was buried Saturday morning at Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Cemetery. Sr. Fran passed away on June 10 at the age of 96. She dedicated her life to education over 78 years professed as a ...read more

Icon, she wrote

Creativity has always been a part of Salvatorian Sister Francine Kosednar’s life even during her many years as an occupational therapist. Now, her latest creative pursuit has led to a copy of her first icon adorning the cover of the 2018 Salvatorian Jubilee invitation. The image is an icon known ...read more

Sister Karlyn Cauley’s watercolor “ladies” find a permanent home

Through the generous philanthropy of Kohler Foundation, Inc., Sister Karlyn Cauley, SDS will enjoy wider exposure for her 17 framed original watercolors known as the “Woman Series.” The collection was recently installed in the 3rd floor corridor of the Art and Cultures Gallery at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Art Department Professor ...read more

English language immersion keeps opening doors in Africa

  For the tenth consecutive year, we’re offering classes in English as a second language (ESL) to our Salvatorian Sisters in Africa. Local sisters in Tanzania as well as some traveling from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique will take part. Each summer since 2009, our North American Province has funded ...read more

We share our mission story

In Catholic dioceses across the U.S., the summer Mission Co-op Program offers the Sisters of the Divine Savior the privilege to speak to Catholic parish communities on behalf of our international missions. This summer, 11 of our sisters from the Milwaukee area will take part in the program, along with ...read more

Annual service award lifts up Salvatorian values

“When you act on behalf of something greater than yourself, you begin to feel it acting through you with a power that is greater than your own.” Grace and the Great Turning by Joanna Macy   Launching the Salvatorian Service Award in 1988 was a meaningful way to commemorate the founding of ...read more

The “root” that is Hadley Terrace

The Salvatorian Sisters’ century-long commitment to caring for elders shines through at Hadley Terrace Senior Apartments. The sisters sponsor Hadley Terrace in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and property management firm, Rosenthal Associates. For the last 21 years, the collaboration has provided secure, affordable apartment ...read more

“Sisters’ Sisters”  activities foster faith and friendship

Our Province headquarters shares a wall with Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) on 100th Street in Milwaukee, but there are much stronger connections between the Salvatorian Sisters and the all-girls high school we sponsor. One is the student-led, grass-roots connection known as “Sisters’ Sisters” that just completed its third ...read more

Lowly earthworm could be a role model

Have you ever considered the spirituality of Lumbricus terrestris? The lowly earthworm was actually the subject of a booklet Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS created during her novitiate. She describes earthworm farming (aka vermicomposting) and suggests the creepy-crawler might even be a role model: “Earthworms live in the dark, but must ...read more

Meet Sister Anuarite Ngendaqimana Salamba, SDS

Hello! Jambo! My name is Sister Anuarite Ngendaqimana Salamba. I was born in 1983. My nationality is Tanzanian. In my family we have ten children. I have five sisters and five brothers. My father’s name is Peter Salamba Mujuka. He is a specialist in agriculture and my mother’s name is Elizabeth ...read more

What’s the connection between Easter Eggs and the Savior?

Coloring and hunting for hard-boiled eggs (or plastic and candy-filled) has become an integral part of the Easter celebration. But how did this come to be? What’s up with the eggs and how do they relate to the Resurrection of the Savior? For early Christians, the Easter egg was symbolic of ...read more

Meet Sister Edesia Ngilangwa, SDS

My name is Edesia Ngilangwa, SDS. I come from Njo Tombe Village in Tanzania. In my family there are eight people. I have three brothers and I have three sisters. All my family are alive. My father and my mother work on the farm. Also, my mother takes care of ...read more

Salvatorian Sisters will bridge their leadership into new term

Sisters of the Divine Savior from the North American Province gathered in Milwaukee in February to elect leadership for the three-year term that begins June 24, 2018. They re-elected all three members of the current leadership team. Sister Beverly Heitke, SDS will serve her second term as Provincial Leader. Sister ...read more

Coming to a Catholic parish near you?

Sisters of the Divine Savior will shine a light on Catholic Sisters everywhere during 2018 National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14. They will host Sister Talks and hospitality in their home parishes the weekends of March 3-4, March 10-11 or April 14-15. If Salvatorian Sisters are members of your home parish, ...read more

Meet Sister Liberata Kihaka, SDS

My name is Sister Liberata Kihaka, SDS. I was born in 1981 at the hospital Kifanya Njombe Region, Tanzania. We have seven in my family. I have three brothers and two sisters and me, the last born. My father’s name is Joseph Kihaka and my mother’s name is Erenesta. My mother ...read more

Parishes will celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This observance is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February  2, also known as Candlemas Day. Candlemas is the day for blessing candles symbolizing Christ as ...read more

Celebration of Consecrated Life: Light out of Darkness

Salvatorian voices will shine brightly among the choir assembled for Milwaukee’s annual Celebration of Consecrated Life on Friday, February 2. Sisters Mary Lee Grady, Nelda Hernandez and Mary Jo Stoffel will join voices with Salvatorian Fathers Peter Schuessler and David Cooney, Cleric Simon Muema, and Lay Salvatorian Sue Haertel for ...read more

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power (Exodus 15:6) The Church Unity Octave, now known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, goes back more than 100 years. The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII) tells us the Church Unity Octave was first celebrated in January, 1908 in the ...read more

2018 Lenten Vespers

You are welcome to join us for  Lenten Vespers. Please join us on the following dates: Lenten Vespers Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Monday, March 19, 2018 All services begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Sisters of the Divine Savior Community House, 4311 N. 100th Street, Milwaukee

VOCARE

Divine Savior Holy Angels grad Sam Windsor is a junior at University of Dayton. She recently came back to high school to speak to the Class of 2018 for their VOCARE send-off. Sam’s challenge to the students: consider that God isn’t measuring our achievements. . . He is much more ...read more

Called to be light. . .

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month . Sharing Sisters Sheila Novak and Jean Schafer’s Christmas letter couldn’t be timelier.   Dear Friend, Christmas is the time of connection – God with us and we with you. It is always good to get a glimpse of your life and to give ...read more

Don’t look away!

“If you see something, say something,” goes for possible situations of human trafficking too. When something just doesn’t look right, don’t look away. Call the toll free National Human Trafficking Hotline : 1-888-373-7888 or text  ‘Help’ to: BeFree (233733). Identifying human trafficking can be hard for many reasons. Victims do not ...read more

The more things change the more they are the same.

The age-old adage about change captures our Sisters’ traditional ministries of teaching and nursing to a T. As much as those ministries have changed over the years, they are still vital to our Salvatorian mission today. As a professor of mathematics and computer science at Milwaukee’s Cardinal Stritch University, Sister Barbara ...read more

Savor the taste, cherish the memory

Salvatorian Sister Diane Goetzinger was one of our go-to bakers for all things sweet. She loved baking cookies and sharing them with others. Sr. Diane passed away on October 8 this year.  In her memory, we’re sharing her recipe for Peanut Blossoms on this National Cookie Day. Believe it or not, ...read more

Foundation Day observes many “firsts” in Salvatorian history

Over the years, our Salvatorian Family has enhanced the significance of our December 8th Foundation Day with a number of “firsts.” On December 8: 1881  Father Francis Jordan founded the Salvatorians (formerly Apostolic Teaching Society) in Rome. 1888  Mother Mary of the Apostles (now Blessed) co-founded the Sisters branch of ...read more

Meet Sister Sara Clevery Mkapa, SDS

My name is Sister Sara Clevery Mkapa, SDS. I was born in 1995 in the Masasi Region at Lupaso hospital in Tanzania. I am the middle born in a family of five. There are my parents and two sisters and me. I have no brothers. My father’s name is Clevery ...read more

Holiday art shows spread the joy

Folk art creations by Salvatorian Sister Karlyn Cauley will be available to view and purchase at these upcoming local holiday art shows: Wed., November 15 St. John’s on the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. Sat., November 18 Celtic Holiday Boutique, 76th & Wauwatosa Avenue, Tosa 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tue, November ...read more

Refugees of natural disasters face another peril

Recent natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria put displaced people at heightened risk for human trafficking. Sister Jean Schafer, SDS publishes the STOP Trafficking Newsletter in collaboration with U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking. This faith-based network paints a sobering picture: “In June 2014, the number of refugees ...read more

Meet Candidate Josephine Andrew

Hello! My name is Josephine Andrew. I was born on 15 April in 2000 in the hospital at Mbeya. We have eight children in my family. I have two brothers and six sisters. My father’s name is Andrew. He is a farmer. My father died in 2014. My mother’s name ...read more

She found the gift of religious life

The Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Bernice Smith, SDS will take place Friday, October 20 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus chapel, 3800 N. 92nd Street in Milwaukee. Visitation in the chapel will begin at noon followed by a remembering service at 12:45 and Mass at 1:00 p.m. Burial service ...read more

The tractor is STILL on a roll

Six years ago, Sister Virginia Honish, SDS launched a grass-roots fundraising campaign to buy a tractor for Salvatorian Sisters in Tanzania in East Africa. In less than six months, “Sr. Virginia’s tractor project” raised more than $70,000. The generosity of our Sisters’ family members, Divine Savior Holy Angels High ...read more

She served with joy in her heart 

We’ll celebrate the life of Sister Diane Goetzinger, SDS (formerly Sr. Mary Louis) on Friday, October 13, 2017. Sr. Diane died Sunday, October 8 at the age of 78. Visitation at 12:15 p.m. and a remembering service at 1:00 p.m. will precede the Mass at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, ...read more

Folk Artist: Poverty

It’s good to revisit one of the vows I made many years past… and still practice today. I am reflecting on how my vow of poverty affects me. It means “to live simply so others can simply live.” I am a connector for people who want others to use the ...read more

2017 Woman of Faith Award Presentation

Our 2017 Woman of Faith event was truly an inspiring evening. We welcomed many new friends to our Community House to hear Linda Pischke share how faith inspires her ministry to women rebuilding their lives after prison. Listen to Linda share her story. (You may need to turn up the volume ...read more

Folk Artist: Caring for elders

After I entered our religious community, there were many more young Sisters than we have now. Today I am still considered a “young Sister” although I celebrated my 50-year Jubilee. You do the math and smile with me! But we have older Sisters in their 80s and 90s who are ...read more

Sr. Carol, 1959 Sportswoman of the Year

Title IX wasn’t even a thing when Salvatorian Sister Carol Thresher received the 1959 “Sportswoman of the Year” Award at Milwaukee’s Divine Savior High School. Now, 45 years after the educational amendment opened up sports opportunities for women and girls, Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) students and Sportswomen Alumnae celebrate ...read more