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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. Sheila embraces new ministry to women

Salvatorian Sister Sheila Novak, SDS joins a new women's ministry as executive director of Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento, Calif.  Sr. Sheila picks up where Sister Judy Illig, IBVM leaves off after 14 years as director. Wellspring is a daytime drop-in center that serves more than 200 women and children daily ...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

“Sisters’ Sisters”  activities foster faith and friendship

Our Queen of Apostles Chapel connects Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) with our Province Headquarters on 100th Street in Milwaukee. But there are much stronger connections between the Salvatorian Sisters and the all-girls high school we sponsor. Perhaps the most grass-roots connection is the new student -led “Sisters’ Sisters” ...read more

Gratitude for support of our mission

With deep gratitude, we acknowledge the foundations that lifted up our mission with their support this past year: Catholic Financial Life, for presenting its inaugural gift to a women religious congregation to the Sisters of the Divine Savior. The $2,500 gift honored our 2016 Woman of Faith Award recipient, Dr. Kathleen ...read more

Conversation with a spiritual director

Stairs leading to the office of Salvatorian Sister Pat Kieler are well worn. Women and men from all walks of life, single, religious and clergy, married and divorced have taken those stairs looking for spiritual direction.  There is an ecumenical dimension to Sr. Pat’s ministry too. She has given spiritual ...read more

Folk Artist: Do Catholic Sisters Make a Difference?

When I chose religious life I wanted my life to make a difference in the world! I brought my gifts to this adventure: intelligence, creativity, a Catholic heritage, the ability to get along with people and a love for the missions. As a young adult and high school graduate, I ...read more

We remember Sr. Joan Stanczak

Sister Joan Stanczak entered eternal life on October 29, 2016, after 77 years professed with the Sisters of the Divine Savior. Sr. Joan dedicated 33 years to education as a teacher and principal, including at Divine Savior High School and Mother of Good Counsel Parish School in Milwaukee. She also ...read more

New ministry with familiar roots for Salvatorian Sister

Salvatorian Sister Rita Vogelsang knows there will be challenges, but over the last six months, she clearly heard God calling her to serve among the Native American people in Sisseton, S. D. She says, “When I visited Sisseton over the summer, it reminded me of my roots — rural, simple ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home from Guatemala

We share Sister Liza Segleau’s latest update since arriving in Guatemala. Please continue to keep all our Salvatorian Family members in your prayers as their mission initiative in Guatemala continues to unfold. I'm keeping busy traveling around the hill sides with Mariangeles, a lay Salvatorian. People are seeking me out for ...read more

Art Gallery Holiday Open House

November 29, 2016 & December 7, 2016 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Please visit the Gallery of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, featuring the art of Sr. Clarice Steinfeldt, SDS and Sr. Karlyn Cauley, SDS, for our 2016 Holiday Open House. We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing cookies, coffee, and ...read more

Embracing the sacred privilege of pastoral care

Salvatorian Sister Jenada Fanetti visits sick and dying residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and homebound residents in and around the village of Mt. Calvary, Wis. She shares about one of many times she felt inspired by God in her pastoral care ministry. “A man in our village was ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

We share Sister Liza Segleau’s first letter home since arriving in Guatemala. Please continue to keep all our Salvatorian Family members in your prayers as they begin our Inter-American Collaborative Initiative in Guatemala. Dear Sisters and family, Sorry I have not written sooner, but we were busy visiting the various ministries in ...read more

Sacred Heart honors Salvatorians with Award

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) in Hales Corners, Wis. will present Salvatorian Sister Ellen Sinclair with the Dehon Distinguished Ministry Award at the annual Dehon Lecture & Awards Celebration on September 28. Named for Father Leo John Dehon, founder of Priests of the Sacred Heart, the honor recognizes an ...read more

Woman of Faith shares promise of Seton Catholic Schools

Catholic schools in Milwaukee’s central-city neighborhoods can be beacons of light for disadvantaged families who want a better life for their children. It’s the message Dr. Kathleen Cepelka shared with 120 people who attended our 16th annual Woman of Faith Award presentation and reception on September 15. As Superintendent of Schools ...read more

Sisters served and now celebrate together

Sister Jane Barman, SDS and Sister Rita Faust, SDS celebrated milestones of religious profession, and renewed their vows as Sisters of the Divine Savior at a Jubilee Liturgy in Milwaukee on September 7. Both Sr. Rita, professed 75 years, and Sr. Jane, professed 65 years, served a combined 43 years in ...read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

Sister Liza Segleau, SDS shares about her experiences in Colombia, as she prepares to begin our Guatemala Initiative along with three of our Sisters from South America. They will depart for Guatemala on September 5, 2016. Here, she describes their brief immersion into the culture of an indigenous people who ...read more

Jenada’s Jewels: Tanzania Reflection

Earlier this summer, Sister Jenada Fanetti, SDS, taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to Salvatorian Sisters in Tanzania, East Africa, along with Lay Salvatorian Sue Haertel.  Recently, Sr. Jenada shared about her experience with members of her home parish in Mt. Calvary, Wis. Now we’re sharing with you. The gracious ...read more

Meet Divine Savior Healthcare volunteer, Halo

Our sponsored institution in Portage, Wis. has one very special volunteer who has helped forge a circle of friendship by visiting the Tivoli facility at Divine Savior Healthcare on Friday afternoons. Four-year-old Border Collie, Halo was rescued by DSH volunteer Patti Hauck and has partnered with her for the last ...read more

Social Justice Workshop
September 24, 2016

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples is a social justice workshop created in response to calls from the World Council of Churches and Indigenous leaders at the United Nations, who urge faith communities and civic organizations to support implementation of the UN Declaration on ...read more

Sr. Malia served in the U.S. and Taiwan

Please join us in prayer for Sr. Malia Kao, SDS, who died on Sunday, July 31. The Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Malia will take place Friday, August 5 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd Street in Milwaukee. Visitation will begin in the chapel at 12:30 p.m. ...read more

Folk Artist: A “Living Rule”

Years ago our Sisters lived in a large convent in St. Nazianz, WI. The 23 Sisters had a beautiful chapel and in the morning a Salvatorian Brother came to “serve Mass.” One of the Brothers named Brother Florentine, had a white beard, eyebrows that met across his forehead and wore ...read more

It’s all in the family

Sr. Margaret Hansknecht’s family reunion in mid-July promises a piñata, balloon toss and potluck dinner with kielbasa. But more than anything, Sr. Margaret is excited about the invitation she received recently that pays homage to her “very Salvatorian” ancestry! Three Salvatorians pictured on the reunion flyer are siblings of Sr. Margaret’s grandfather, ...read more

Salvatorians on fire with the Spirit gather in Milwaukee

The U.S. Salvatorian Family’s National Assembly will begin Monday, June 20 and run through Friday next week. Following five days of presentations and panel discussions at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wis., a Jubilee Mass on Saturday at Sacred Heart Chapel will honor women and men celebrating 25, 40, ...read more