Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Sisters of the Divine Savior?

The Sisters of the Divine Savior, also known as Salvatorians, are a congregation of Roman Catholic consecrated women who strive to make known the goodness and kindness of the Savior through prayer, apostolic ministry and advocacy.

The Sisters of the Divine Savior were founded by Mother Mary of the Apostles (Therese von Wüllenweber) with Fr. Francis (John Baptist) Jordan in Tivoli, Italy in 1888. Fr. Jordan envisioned men and women from all walks of life, using all ways and means to build up God’s Kingdom. Mother Mary shared Fr. Jordan’s apostolic and missionary ideals. Both founders wanted the center of the congregation to be in Rome. It became reality in 1894 and from there, the congregation grew around the world. Mary of the Apostles guided the Sisters of the Divine Savior as mother of her congregation until she died in Rome on December 25, 1907. Pope Paul VI declared her Blessed in 1968.

Today in the U.S., there are 75 Salvatorian Sisters living and ministering in Alabama, Arizona, California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Worldwide, 1,100 Salvatorian Sisters live and serve on five continents in 28 countries. Together, we are the women religious “branch” of the international Salvatorian Family, which also includes priests and brothers of the Society of the Divine Savior, as well as Lay Salvatorians – women and men, both married and single.

Why are we called Salvatorians?

We take our name from the Latin word Salvator, which means Savior. Seven years before co-founding  the Sisters of the Divine Savior, Fr. Jordan founded the Apostolic Teaching Society, which became the Salvatorian Family of women and men religious, and lay Salvatorians – all committed to showing the goodness and kindness of the Savior throughout the world.

What is the mission of the Sisters of the Divine Savior?

In the spirit of our co-founders, the Sisters of the Divine Savior foster awareness of a loving God to promote justice and improve quality of life in our world. We carry out our mission through hands-on ministries, as well as through our sponsored institutions, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus and Hadley Terrace Senior Apartments, all in Milwaukee; and Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, Wis.

What do Sisters of the Divine Savior do?

  • Pray, as a community, for the needs of the Church and the world
  • Promote values of compassion, justice and reverence for all life
  • Help the poor and educate others to help the poor
  • Educate people of all ages
  • Care for the sick and the elderly
  • Comfort homeless people
  • Counsel persons with addictions
  • Visit people in prisons
  • Provide hope for people who live on the margins of society

Sisters of the Divine Savior are engaged in:

  • Education
  • Social services
  • Pastoral care
  • Health care
  • Parish outreach and administration
  • Aid to marginalized people, including survivors of human trafficking

What is The Sisters of the Divine Savior Apostolate of Prayer Ministry?

When we receive requests for special prayer intentions, we share them with all our Sisters throughout the U.S.  Our retired sisters dedicate themselves to our Apostolate of Prayer Ministry, devoting hours to prayer and reflection.

What are Sisters of the Divine Savior Core Values?

  • Practice responsible stewardship
  • Promote justice
  • Serve in solidarity with the poor
  • Improve quality of life
  • Collaborate