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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

“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