Salvatorian Sentiments

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 ...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 ...Read more


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

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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. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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, ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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, ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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

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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

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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 ...Read more

Folk Artist: Caring for a Cat

Years ago I found a holy card with a saint and her cat! I was intrigued that an animal had been a close companion and was shown with Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century German saint. I have taken temporary care ...Read more

Sr. Evelyn’s Bolivia Medical Mission Trip

Greetings, I’ve been asked to briefly share with you about the Medical mission of Sucre, Bolivia that I was blessed to be invited to be a part of. And thanks to a generous person of the medical team it became a ...Read more

Folk Artist: Yearly Retreat for Sisters

Retreats for Sisters happen annually and are of many varieties. Retreats are 6 to 8 days in length. When a member is introduced to “retreat”, she often starts with a “guided retreat.” The week provides a schedule for each day and ...Read more

Folk Artist: Change Agents in the Church

When Vatican II promoted change in the Catholic Church the changes seemed to be external. Language used during Mass no longer was Latin but the “mother tongue” of the people; the main altar looked more like a table where the ...Read more

Sr. Liz: Praying for our enemies

God is love. Peace! Do good to those who hate you. War is not the answer. Love, not hate. We have all heard the sayings of Jesus and the slogans. But do we actually believe them? When was the last time we prayed for our ...Read more

Journey and Homecoming: Metaphors for Life

“Journey” seems an apt metaphor for my life.  All of my life has been a journey, an immersion experience in many cultures. Recent years have found me teaching English in Tanzania, talking about our worldwide Salvatorian missions at parishes in such ...Read more

Folk Artist: The Crosses we carry

As the Lenten season comes in the Church calendar, one of its distinguishing symbols is the Cross. This is seen especially in the four “holy days” at the end of Lent: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. ...Read more

Sr. Liz: ALL ways and means

The Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Jordan, wanted his followers to use “all ways and means” to make the love of God known. Back in the early 70’s I learned of the simple joy and good feeling that comes ...Read more

Vocare: to call or to draw forth

This week in our blog, we share how our sponsored high school, Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) instills the Salvatorian Mission. Read excerpts from a reflection written by DSHA senior Jordyn G., after Day 1 of her two-week VOCARE service experience: It ...Read more

Sr. Jane: The best thing(s) about religious life

The question was, "What is the best thing about religious life for you?" Sr. Jane Eschweiler, SDS couldn't answer that question--there are so many good things in her view she had to change it to "What are the best things about religious ...Read more

Sr. Barbara Reynolds, Tanzanian English Instructor

I am Sister Barbara Reynolds.  I was born at Hotel Dieu, a hospital in El Paso, Texas on October 11, 1949, the first child of George and Charlotte Reynolds.  Over the next ten years, my parents had seven more children ...Read more

Sr. Marie-Louise Yind, SDS

I am Sister Marie-Louise Yind. I was born on September 4, 1970 in The Congo. I entered the Salvatorian Congregation in 1990, and I took my final vows in 2000. I came from The Congo to Tanzania to learn English because ...Read more

Sr. Laurence Kibambe Kutshina, SDS

My name is Sister Laurence Kibambe Kutshina. I come from The Congo. I am a nurse. I work in an orphanage in Goma in The Congo. We have 89 babies living in our orphanage. There are three sisters, including me, who ...Read more

Folk Artist: Making a meal is a service

Before I became a sister, I had cooked meals for my family as a teenager. In earlier days and in our larger convents, some sisters became skilled in cooking, baking and preparing food for as many as 100 members! In ...Read more

Sr. Bakhita Ndokole, SDS

My name is Sr. Bakhita S. Ndokole, SDS. I was born on December 12, 1985 in the Iringa region at Mudabulo hospital. I am the first born in a family of eight children. I have four young brothers and three ...Read more

Sr. Barbara: My vocation story continues to unfold

I often say my vocation story has three threads: mathematics, teaching, and Salvatorians.  In eighth grade, I discovered mathematics and announced to my family that when I grew up I was going to “go to college and study mathematics.”  When ...Read more

Sr. Deanna: Counting My Blessings

I grew up in Dickeyville, Wis. in a family of 12. Being the second oldest, I was called on to help out at an early age. We lived across from the famous grotto and Holy Ghost Church and school. We ...Read more

Sr. Carol: My Vocation of Making a Difference

When people ask, “Why did you become a Sister?” my answer is always twofold. First of all, I turn to my own heart, my own dream. Somewhere, deep inside I’d always known that I wanted to make a difference in the world. ...Read more

Sr. Grace Mary: My Vocation Love Story

I grew up on the north side of Milwaukee, and I loved my high school years at Divine Savior High School (DS). All of my high school teachers -- mostly Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) -- loved us and ...Read more

Sr. Feliciana Hokororo, SDS

My name is Feliciana. My full name is Sr. Feliciana Hokororo, SDS. I am a sister of the Salvatorian Sisters. I was born in 1985 in the village of Tunduru. In my family there are four children, one girl and ...Read more

Folk Artist: Pope Francis

I have friends in other Christian denominations who are as excited about Pope Francis as I am. My friends remind me that Francis is “everybody’s Pope!” In past years there seemed not to be the same enthusiasm to identify with ...Read more

Sr. Dorothea James, SDS

My name is Sr. Dorothea James. I was born in 1978 at Kilindon, Mafya Island. In my family we have six children, two brothers and four girls. I am the last born in my family. My father was a fisherman and ...Read more

Sr. Liz: Thy Will Be Done

How often over my nearly 77 years have I prayed the “Our Father”!  I always prayed the phrase, “Thy will be done” while trying to maintain an attitude of acceptance.  (God, you know what’s best, so I accept whatever outcome ...Read more

Sr. Theresia Macha, SDS

My name is Sister Theresia. I was born the first of seven children in 1959. My parents had three sons and four daughters. I grew up in a small village. I entered the Salvatorians in 1980. My apostolate is to work ...Read more