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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

Salvatorian Life in the United States

In late May, Salvatorian General Superior Sister Edith Bramberger came to the U.S. from Rome along with Sister Marion Etzel, who also serves on the international leadership team, or Generalate.  In this blog post, they reflect on their experiences with our sisters’ communities across the country. We arrived from Rome ...read more

New Catholic sisters’ voices resound with gratitude

Sr. Janice Hartman Sr. Janice began her vocation journey later in life, and says she’s grateful “that door opened for me.” She ministers as a certified nursing assistant and resident care assistant at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. Sr. Janice feels privileged to walk the path of the first Salvatorian Sisters who came to America to provide home ...read more

Sr. Jane: What is a mystic?  A contemplative?

Sometimes we imagine an emaciated, sad looking, celibate, balding monk, or a crotchety, pale, nun who lives behind a wall and does nothing but pray.  They’re both out of touch with reality and what’s going on the world and really don’t care about that stuff.  WRONG! Mysticism and contemplation have to ...read more

She loved “to do for others”

  A Mass of Christian Burial for Salvatorian Sister Alice Gindt will take place in Milwaukee on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Sr. Alice died July 28 at the age of 83. Her visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd Street, followed ...read more

Mother Mary Study Group brings history into the digital age

Salvatorian Sister Barbara Reynolds just completed two weeks in Rome, working with the Mother Mary Study Group. Her work focused on preparing Salvatorian historical documents for the internet library. She reports, “My first task was to format the Short Biography of Mother’s Mary’s life as a Word document, and then ...read more

Keeping pace with healthy living on WHISH and a prayer

Salvatorian Sister Georgene Faust is one of nearly 22,000 participants from across the U.S. who signed on for the Women’s Health Initiative Strong & Healthy (WHISH) trial. It’s part of a larger initiative launched in 2015 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The WHISH trial is led by ...read more

Sr. Barabara: U.S. to Horrem to Rome

(Don't know why Sr. Barbara Reynolds, SDS is in Horrem? Check out previous post.) It is now Sunday, July 9.  My time in Horrem is coming to an end.  This afternoon I will travel to Rome for the meeting of the Mother Mary Study Group.  Before I close my suitcase, I ...read more

Meet Sister Eloisa

Salvatorian Sister Eloisa Holdiem, was born in the Bicol Region of Philippines. Along with the national Filipino language Tagalog, she speaks the Bicola dialect and pretty good English too! Her English skills will serve her well while visiting the U.S. this summer. Sr. Eloisa will speak at parishes across the U.S. ...read more

Our math professor goes to summer school

Salvatorian Sister Barbara Reynolds has a whirlwind travel itinerary this summer. Some stops will place her in a familiar role as teacher, but she’ll be doing her share of study too. From September to May, she’s a professor of mathematics and computer science at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Sr. Barbara ...read more

The Life of Father Francis Jordan

John Baptist Jordan was not born for greatness when he came into the world on June 16, 1848. In fact, his family was downright poor. His father was a stable hand and his mother was a hotel maid. Jordan grew up in the Black Forest area of Germany during a ...read more

Education opens doors for Salvatorian Sisters in Africa

This summer, Sue Haertel returns to Tanzania along with Margaret Scola to lead our English as a Second Language (ESL) program.  Both Sue and Margaret are Lay Salvatorians from the Milwaukee area. They will provide an intense language immersion experience: 73.5 hours of instruction over three weeks. (To compare, a ...read more

Ending Human Trafficking: It begins with awareness.

“Hidden in plain sight” is often the phrase used to describe the crime of human trafficking. Everyday people, coming and going, need to have eyes and ears tuned in to potential human trafficking situations. These stories from our May 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking!  share some of the red flags ...read more

Tanzanian Education Initiative lifts up Salvatorian collaboration

For the ninth consecutive year, Sisters of the Divine Savior will sponsor our Tanzanian Education Initiative to build English language skills among our African Sisters. But this year there’s a bit of a twist: for the first time, two Lay Salvatorians will lead the three-week language immersion program. We are deeply ...read more

Sr. Pat Russell settles in

Last June, Tennessee Register reporter Andy Telli wrote a beautiful tribute to Salvatorian Sister Pat Russell as she bid farewell to Tennessee and the Diocese of Nashville. Sr. Pat was returning to Milwaukee after serving 13 years as the business manager for St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville, Tenn. As the ...read more

Celebrate the past, present and future of religious life

Look to the past with gratitude. Live the present with passion. Embrace the future with hope.  (Pope Francis) Our Sisters Karlyn Cauley, Mary Lee Grady, Nelda Hernandez and Mary Jo Stoffel will join their voices in song with other women and men religious of the Milwaukee Archdiocese for a prayer service ...read more

Everyone at DSHA knows Sr. CJ

Who says Catholic Sisters aren’t a presence in Catholic schools in the new millennium? For the last nine months, Salvatorian Sister Carol Jean Zais (aka Sr. CJ) has been more than a mere presence at our sponsored all-girls high school in Milwaukee. As the school year draws to a close, ...read more

Divine Savior Statue Has a Story to Tell

On August 1, 2011 a new chapter was added to the story of the statue of the Divine Savior that graces the grounds of our SDS Community House in Milwaukee. The story began in Italy back in 1939. The bronze statue was designed and cast in Rome by Austrian-born artist Ferdinand ...read more

Mission trip includes clean water focus

For the second year in a row, Sr. Mary Evelyn Zimbauer, SDS will serve on a missionary team in Sucre, Bolivia for two weeks. The missionary cohort from the Illinois Diocese of Joliet will begin their journey to South America on April 22. Sr. Mary Evelyn’s 32 companions include a banker, ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home March, 2017

Dear everyone, I thought in this letter I would add anything new or in development right now in our lives. You might have wondered what we were doing chasing chickens on a Tuesday morning, which you saw on our Facebook page. Well, we Sisters have a few chickens! We built a small ...read more

National Catholic Sisters Week: Reach out through Simple Gifts

As we celebrate 2017 National Catholic Sisters’ Week (NCSW), we also invite Milwaukee-area friends to join in our Simple Gifts Collection again this year. NCSW lifts up the vital contributions of Catholic Sisters to the history of our nation. Closer to home, our Simple Gifts Collection lifts up our sponsored ministry, ...read more

Sr. Liza: Life in Chisguachín

Dear everyone, We continue to travel around San Sebastian to get to know the people, customs and especially the needs. The needs are many and very steep, even for just the basics such as food enough to feed a family. Once I am clearer on how we can build some outreach ...read more

Sr. CJ feels the Salvatorian spirit at DSHA

National Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 3 Salvatorian Sister Carol Jean Zais, SDS has become a familiar face at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. Sr. “CJ” volunteers in Campus Ministry, the Advancement Office, the Archives, oh and don’t forget lunchroom duty! She loves being back in school, ...read more

Vocare Reflections Part 3

At Milwaukee’s Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA), VOCARE is a Salvatorian Service Program that immerses the entire senior class for two weeks of service in the local community. Service sites include central city schools, elder-care agencies, and organizations that provide training/work opportunities for persons with physical and mental ...read more

2017 Vocare Reflections, Part 2

All members of the Divine Savior Holy Angels senior class take part in a two-week initiative serving people with a variety of needs in all corners of the local community. They are sent off and welcomed home by the entire DSHA community, including many Sisters. Read excerpts from reflections written by ...read more

2017 Vocare Reflections

This week we share how our sponsored high school, Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) instills the Salvatorian Mission. All members of the senior class take part in a two-week initiative serving people with a variety of needs in all corners of the local community. Read excerpts from reflections written by ...read more

10 ways to take a stand against human trafficking

Learn the red flags of human trafficking. (https://humantraffickinghotline.org/what-human-trafficking/recognizing-signs) If you suspect human trafficking, report it. Don’t NOT call because you’re not sure. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888 (24/7) Be a conscientious consumer. Ask your favorite retail stores to investigate slavery in their supply chains and share information for consumer awareness. ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

During our days going from one Posada to another, we were able to have a treat at the Catholic Church in San Sebastian. We watched the youth do a play of the Nativity. They really put themselves into it. Joseph did a great job in holding Mary and saying as ...read more

2017 Lenten Vespers

You are welcome to join us for  Lenten Vespers during this upcoming Liturgical Year. Please put the following dates on your calendar: Lenten Vespers Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Monday, March 20, 2017 Thursday, April 6, 2017 All services begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Sisters of the Divine Savior Community House, 4311 N. 100th ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

This morning around 5:30 we were awoken by a strong tremor of 5.4 magnitude. Earthquakes are usually only declared when it is a 6.0 and above. We are all OK, no damage or injuries reported in the country. The epicenter was near the coast. Our little house on the hill ...read more

Pastoral caregiver honors each soul’s journey

No matter what each new day brings, Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDS stays mindful of the Salvatorian mission to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus. It helps her focus on caring for the spiritual needs of residents at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. “At St. Anne’s, I try to ...read more

Your IRA contribution to SDS could offer tax advantages

Last December, Congress made permanent a law that allows individuals age 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations such as the Sisters of the Divine Savior (SDS) directly from an IRA, without treating the distribution as taxable income. The contribution counts toward your required minimum ...read more

Just being there becomes ministry

Salvatorian Sister Pauline Feiner calls her work in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. a ministry of presence. She explains it simply, “To listen and support, comfort and care, and just be there. In other words, to show people the goodness of a loving God.” As pastoral associate at St. Rose, ...read more

She brings – and finds – hope in pastoral care ministries

When Salvatorian Sister Jane Eschweiler retired from the Jordan Ministry Team serving the Diocese of Tucson, she wanted to adapt her pastoral ministry to a hospital setting.  She knew her physical limitations wouldn’t allow her to walk hospital halls to visit with patients, but Sr. Jane felt God’s creative Spirit ...read more

“I haven’t walked a mile in these kids’ shoes.”

When Sr. Carol Marie Haag was asked to join a volunteer program working with teens at Milwaukee County Children’s Detention Center (CDC), she questioned if she had what it takes. “I prayed a lot,” Sr. Carol Marie says, “but I couldn’t say yes or no until I tried it.” That was ...read more