Celebrating 125 Years: 1895-2020

Passion for Mission in the United States

As we look forward to our 2020 celebration of the 125th anniversary of coming to the USA, we invite you to take a step back in time with us. So far, we’ve launched two time lines with historical milestones and stories that bring to life the experiences of our sisters who came before us.

By the late 1930s, the hard Depression years were slowly being overshadowed by rumblings from Europe and the Far East. The world was edging bit by bit toward war. Already China and Ethiopia were in flames, revolutions and counter-revolutions were occurring with too much frequency. It seemed as if every day brought a new catastrophe. Amid it all, the Salvatorian Sisters went about their apostolates. They were concerned about what was going on but it was simply a matter of priorities for the time being. Children needed to be taught, the elderly cared for, the sick tended to. There was barely enough time in the day to reflect and pray. Ministry was all important.

Sister Margaret Shekleton, SDS, Bending in Season ©1985

Era 2: 1920-1950: Expanding in an “American” Church

Following our first 25 years serving in the USA, education moved to the forefront and the Church looked to Catholic Sisters to staff schools. As the population grew with the post-war baby boom, our sisters’ mission evolved to meet the needs of a new generation. Our Era 2 time line dives further into Salvatorian Sisters expanding their apostolates: http://sistersofthedivinesavior.org/125years_1920to1950/

In case you missed it . . .

Era 1: 1895-1920: Responding to Immigrant Needs

Our Era 1 time line explores how our pioneer sisters arrived in Milwaukee to serve the poor, immigrant Church. First as nurses, later as teachers, they established roots in the United States for future generations of sisters. Find our Era 1 timeline here: http://sistersofthedivinesavior.org/125years_1895to1920/

Throughout 2020, we’ll announce these additions to the time line with more stories to share:

1950-1970: Embracing Renewal
1970-2000: Building Collaboration
2000-Today: Searching for New Footing in a Changing World




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