News & Events

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 ...Read more

2018 Lenten Vespers

You are welcome to join us for  Lenten Vespers. Please join us on the following dates: Lenten Vespers Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Monday, March 19, 2018 All services begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Sisters of the Divine ...Read more

Called to be light. . .

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month . Sharing Sisters Sheila Novak and Jean Schafer’s Christmas letter couldn’t be timelier.

  Dear Friend, Christmas is the time of connection – God with us and we with you. It is always good ...Read more

Don’t look away!

“If you see something, say something,” goes for possible situations of human trafficking too. When something just doesn’t look right, don’t look away. Call the toll free National Human Trafficking Hotline : 1-888-373-7888 or text  ‘Help’ to: BeFree (233733). Identifying human ...Read more

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. 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, ...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 ...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 ...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. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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, ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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: ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...Read more

Sr. CJ feels the Salvatorian spirit at DSHA

National Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 3 CJ-Zais_2014(2)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 ...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. ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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:

  1. Catholic Financial Life, for presenting its inaugural gift to a women religious congregation to the Sisters of the Divine Savior. The $2,500 gift
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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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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. ...Read more