Our ministries represent the heart of what we do. They are rooted in the mission of Jesus and the Church, which calls us to witness God’s saving grace. Our ministries – both sponsored and collaborative – are deeply grounded in our Salvatorian values to:
- Improve the quality of life
- Promote justice
- Serve in solidarity with the poor
- Practice responsible stewardship
Sponsorship describes the relationship between our religious community and our ministries. The Sisters of the Divine Savior sponsor institutions that reflect our charism and mission, the needs of society, and our Church. In turn, our sponsorship is a means of influencing the mission, character and philosophy of those institutions. Through our sponsored ministries, we work with dedicated administrators, staff, boards and volunteers of the following institutions:
Divine Savior Healthcare serves the needs of Portage, Wis. and surrounding communities, offering a state-of-the-art hospital, outpatient clinical services, outreach clinics, home health care, emergency medical services and the Tivoli facility, a 120-bed residential facility.
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is a private, Catholic, single-sex High School that prepares young women for lifelong learning and service to their families, their Church, their community and the world.
St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, the area’s oldest Catholic facility for the care of the elderly, incorporates gospel values into every aspect of life, from worship services and recreational activities to mealtime and social programs.
Hadley Terrace Senior Apartments offer secure and affordable senior living for adults 62 years and older, allowing them to maintain their independent lifestyle within a supportive environment in Milwaukee’s central city.
Jointly Sponsored Ministries
In collaboration with the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorian Priest and Brothers), Lay Salvatorians and other religious communities, we jointly sponsor several ministries, including:
S.A.V.E. (Salvatorian Advocacy for Victims of Exploitation, Inc.), in the greater Sacramento, CA area, offers women mentoring and advocacy in areas of education, employment, resource access and, where needed, English as a Second Language (ESL).
Resource opportunities include help with:
- ESL and life-management skills
- Verbal, reading, writing & math skills
- Basic computer skills
- Resumé writing and interviewing skills
- Job search and employment readiness skills
Jordan Ministry Team is a team of trained professionals who collaborate with the Diocese of Tucson in response to the Second Vatican Council’s universal call to holiness and participation in the mission of the Church. The team provides theological and spiritual formation to foster Catholic leadership and promote spiritual growth throughout the southern half of Arizona, including the remote poor areas.
UNANIMA is a United Nations’ accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants and refugees, and the environment. Sisters of the Divine Savior is one of 19 congregations of Roman Catholic sisters whose 17,500 sisters work in 79 countries. UNANIMA brings our voices, concerns and experiences as educators, health care providers, social workers and development workers to this global forum.
Salvatorian Mission Warehouse sends millions of supplies to missionaries and people around the world.
Southwest Medical Aid is dedicated to improving quality of life for families with medical, nutritional and hygiene needs by distributing surplus medical supplies around the world.
Haiti Project serves the remote parish of Rivier’ Mancelle, Haiti, to provide support for improved schools, medical facilities and other initiatives important to the health and welfare of the local people.
Collaboration means working hand-in-hand with people and organizations representing the rich diversity of our world today. Our collaborative partnerships continue to be part of our apostolic work. In our daily ministries, we collaborate with people from every ethnic, socio-economic and religious background to create a better world. We collaborate with the Salvatorian Family and the wider community on many justice issues. Since 2009, our focus areas have been human trafficking, immigration and the plight of children and teens. Some of our collaborative efforts include:
Stopping Human Trafficking
Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium – We are part of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium, a diverse team of service providers, community activists, attorneys, law enforcement agents and academics working to address the problem of human trafficking in the state of Wisconsin.
U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Trafficking – A collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.
Catholic Charities Refugee Program (Milwaukee, WI) – Walking with refugee families during the early stages of resettlement can lessen their anxiety and foster newfound confidence in adapting to a new homeland. Catholic Charities staff, along with a network of volunteers, help meet these many needs by securing housing, furniture, household goods, food and clothing – for the refugees coming to America arrive empty-handed, carrying with them only a few personal possessions.
Justice for Immigrants Network – We are part of this network whose mission is to educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants. In addition, this network seeks to create political will for positive immigration reform; to enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops; and to organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms.
Project Light – A non-profit, adult literacy program that offers flexible tutoring programs in English as a second language (ESL) and other skills needed for the GED or citizenship exam.
The Plight of Children and Teens
Cathedral Shelter (Milwaukee, WI) – Provides emergency shelter and case management services for individual women and families who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Families served include single mothers or fathers, as well as married couples with children.