Blog

Birthday Memories: Sr. Mary Lee

One of my favorite birthday memories is my 60th birthday. A completely surprised party took place for my birthday planned by my brother, Bill. He invited many friends, family, and other sisters to send a memory which he made into a scrap book.

Salvatorian Sisters raise hope for women in Pakistan

Salvatorian Sisters with women in Pakistan

Nearly 90 percent of Pakistan’s 2.5 million Christians live in an area known as Youhannabad. Adults work as day laborers and street cleaners, in factories and brick kilns, or in Muslim households. They earn about 200 rupees–less than $3–a day. While parents work, children take care of younger siblings, so ...read more

We remember Sister Ana Maria Gomez, SDS

Funeral services for Sister Ana Maria Gomez, SDS will take place Thursday, May 2 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 North 92nd Street in Milwaukee. Visitation: 1:00 a.m. Remembering service: 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial: 1:45 p.m. In the last 23 years of Sr. Ana Maria’s active service, prison ...read more

Philippines shaken by quakes

Dig deep in your heart for more prayers. Sister Beverly shares a message from Salvatorian Sister Alona in Philippines, site of multiple earthquakes on Tuesday, April 23. Dear Sr. Beverly, Good Morning! We are all safe.  Last Monday there was an earthquake in Luzon including Manila, last Tuesday was in Visayas, yesterday was in Mindanao.  It is happening around the ...read more

From a Lay Salvatorian in Sri Lanka

Earlier this week we told you that all of our Salvatorian Sisters in Sri Lanka were safe after Easter Sunday's attacks and that we were praying for family members who had lost their lives. Today we have an update from Nimal, a Lay Salvatorian: Luckily none of our members are affected ...read more

Reflections on a book discussion: Sr. Jean and Sr. Sheila

Salvatorian Sisters Jean Schafer and Sheila Novak organized a book event around author Debby Irving’s Waking up White for National Catholic Sisters Week. They offered it as a Lenten project at their Salvatorian parish in Orangevale, Calif. They hosted six discussion sessions at Divine Savior Parish with 14 women participating. ...read more

Book talks open our eyes to white privilege

We called our 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week project, “Turning the page on conversations about race,” and hoped we could do so in some small way. We’re grateful to the women and men from around metro Milwaukee who gathered with us for “table talk” about Debby Irving’s book Waking up ...read more

Reflections on a book discussion: Sr. Letty and Sr. Georgene

Our Salvatorian Sisters in Phoenix, Ariz. hosted a series of discussions about Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy for 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week. Stevenson is co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., a non-profit organization advocating for equal treatment in the criminal justice system. Here, Sisters Georgene Faust and ...read more

A Reflection on a Discussion Circle About Race

"I remember the exact moment in my childhood when I realized I was Native," reflected one of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribal members who gathered in our convent living room for our Discussion Circle about a book titled, Waking up White. She drew nods from others in the circle. "And I remember ...read more

Turning the page on conversation about race

Sisters of the Divine Savior hosted book discussions at our Milwaukee Community House to celebrate 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14. People from the local community who registered for the events received a free copy of Debby Irving’s 2014 book, Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story ...read more

Our relatives need our prayers

On the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota, blizzards have finally stopped. Now, snow-melt and rains have left many tribal members homeless in an area known as “Peever Flats” about 10 miles southeast of Sisseton. Salvatorian Sister Patrice Colletti lives and serves in Sisseton, S.D., along with Sister Rita Vogelsang, ...read more

Birthday memories: Sr. Clarice

A memorable birthday for me was my big 90 last year in 2018! As I came into our dining room at SSR, I was greeted with a loud "surprise!" And that it was!!! There at table were friends Sisters Margaret Bosch, Pat Kieler, and Virginia Honish and from Wisconsin Rapids, my ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sr. Mary Jo

My 50th (over the hill) birthday party was one to remember. Sisters Carol Jean Zais, Patrice Colletti and I lived at Sauk Rapids, Minnesota with the Little Falls Franciscan Sisters. Our inter-community living was a positive and life giving experience.

Birthday Memories: Sr. Sheila

I am not sure that this will qualify as my favorite birthday memory, but it is still very vivid for me and is the only one that comes to mind. At the time I was turning 30 there was a great deal of discussion in the culture about the fact that ...read more

Salvatorian Sisters are Treasures of the Church

Sisters of the Divine Savior is this year’s recipient of the Treasures of the Church award presented to a religious community for social justice ministries. The award acknowledges our sisters’ work to advocate for women and children, immigrants and refugees, and especially to combat human trafficking. The Milwaukee Archdiocese’s Treasures of ...read more

Sisters in the path of Cyclone Idai

Dear Sisters, Here is a short news about our sisters in Mozambique after the country was hit by cyclone Idai. S. Maria Yaneth was able to communicate with our sisters in Mozambique. All our Sisters are well, thanks to God. In Beira, is the formation community. It is the most destroyed city. The ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Rita

On March 17th, 95 years ago I, Sr. Rita, was born to Adam and Mary Faust in a country farm house in Elkhart Lake, Wis. One of my most memorable birthdays was spent at St. Mark's School in Rothschild, Wis. in the early 1970s. Sr. Mary Jo Stoffel was stationed ...read more

National Catholic Sisters Week Book Discussion

I was happy to lead a conversation on the book Waking up White by author Debby Irving with a group of interested women and men. The book discussion was an activity initiated by the Sisters of the Divine Savior to celebrate 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week. Our Sisters chose the ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sr. Grace Mary

I do not have any Birthday pictures. My family (parents) were not big into picture taking, and we didn't live near doting relatives! However, we did celebrate our birthdays. As far as I can remember, we always had a cake. And, when we were old enough to know, we could ...read more

“The day so long awaited has arrived!”

With a blessing and prayers of thanks, our Salvatorian Sisters in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil celebrated the grand opening of the new pool at their CEFORDS community center on February 23. Your financial gifts going back to 2013 helped make the new pool a reality. It’s been a long time coming ...read more

What is National Catholic Sisters Week?

National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic sisters’ vital contributions to society, both past and present. NCSW kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8 and runs through March 14. Molly Murphy MacGregor, who was educated and deeply influenced by Catholic sisters, co-founded the National ...read more

Sr. Marion returns from Rome

Last September when the Milwaukee Brewers were chasing the National League Baseball Championship, Salvatorian Sister Marion Etzel told us she couldn’t listen to the games in real time in Rome.  She tried her best to keep tabs on the home team, saying, “About the time the post-game show airs, we’re ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sr. Rita

On my sixth or seventh birthday, my mother and I invited several girls. During the party, Mary, two years older than most of us, announced, "There is no Santa." I was disheartened, saying loudly, “That is not true." I think most of us felt that way. Celebrating my birthday a ...read more

Prayer is first step to combat human trafficking

Josephine Bakhita was declared a saint in 2000, after dedicating her life in the Canossian religious order to comforting poor and suffering people. She could relate to their plight from her experience of being kidnapped in Sudan and sold into slavery as a girl. On St. Josephine’s feast day, we ...read more

The DSHA Vocare Experience: Part II

Find Part I of this blog post here. “I was privileged to take part in a prayer service for Divine Savior Holy Angels High School seniors returning from VOCARE. Here, I share students’ reflections on their two-week immersion in community service. For me, their words affirm the vitality of our sponsorship ...read more

The DSHA Vocare Experience: Part I

“I was privileged to take part in a prayer service for Divine Savior Holy Angels High School seniors returning from VOCARE. Here, I share students’ reflections on their two-week immersion in community service. For me, their words affirm the vitality of our sponsorship ministry to foster a culture of compassion ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Dora

As a schoolgirl caught in the crossfire of advancing troops, it seemed I was in the epicenter of World War II. British, German, US and/or Russian troops all converged, at one time or another, on my little Bavarian village. Birthday? Spent huddled in the field watching night flares light up the ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Jane

When I turned 60 I was living in Wausau, Wis. Two of my sisters, Sisters Rita and Marietta, and my mother came to help me celebrate my birthday. They brought all kinds of little gifts – 60 raisins, 60 peanuts, 60 paper clips, etc. You get the idea. When I turned ...read more

We remember Sister Rachel Wallace, SDS

Funeral services for Sister Rachel Wallace, SDS will take place Wednesday, January 23 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 North 92nd Street in Milwaukee: Visitation 12:15 p.m. Remembering service 12:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 p.m. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee will be Thursday morning, January 24. Memorial ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Margaret

One birthday I remember very well is my 80th in 2008. Several of us living at SSR turned 80 that year. In order to celebrate as a group, Sr. Jane Barman, coordinator at St. Mary's Convent in St. Nazianz, Wis., invited all of us to come for a special birthday dinner. ...read more

Sister Georgene still shares Dr. King’s dream

Salvatorian Sisters who were missioned near Washington D.C. in 1963 joined thousands of people at the Capitol grounds where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke, “I have a dream.” Sister Georgene Faust, SDS was among them. She took a train to D.C. to join the march, and recalls Sister Clara Salzmann, ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Virginia

Sr. Virginia

Birthdays at our house when I was growing up were happy occasions. We had a birthday cake with a candle in it at dessert time and the family sang Happy Birthday. There was always a birthday card in the mail from my Grandpa; it always had 50 cents in it, ...read more

Sister Mary Jo celebrates Catholic education year-round

In 32 years of education ministry, Sister Mary Jo Stoffel, SDS has taught 1,037 first and second-graders. She’s sure of it, because she still has a list of her former students from each and every year. She’s been praying for them too. Sr. Mary Jo served in Catholic elementary schools from ...read more

Birthday Memories: Sister Pauline

One of my most memorable birthdays was January 2, 1989 when I turned 50! My family surprised me at our annual Feiner family Christmas. We always gathered to celebrate Christmas, but that year my family surprised me with a wonderful birthday party. It included some "over the hill" gag gifts ...read more

Vigil keeping is a sacred act of love for Sister Denise

Sister Denise Demulling dedicated much of her life in ministry to education, including 10 years as a teacher and advocate for students with hearing impairments. After she earned certification to work with elder populations, Sr. Denise began serving as activities director at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. That was ...read more

Come as you are to Advent Vespers

One half hour. That’s all it takes to find peace in this holy season of Advent amid the rush to all things Christmas. Join us on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. to pray with members of our Salvatorian Family. Queen of Apostles Chapel inside the SDS Community House, 4311 ...read more

Folk Artist: Christmas Traditions

Some of the Christmases in the convent have been unlike any of those I had with my family at home. The first thing we learned in our “convent Christmas” was that the pre-Christmas weeks were called Advent. The chapel smelled fragrant with pine wreath and pure beeswax candles. Each Sunday ...read more

We remember Sister Carol Marie

For many years, Salvatorian Sister Carol Marie Haag (formerly Mary Carla) was a business teacher at schools in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Maryland. When asked what inspired her to choose the field, she said, “In working before I entered , I saw the lack of preparation of young women for ...read more

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