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“Knowing her call is only from God”

Salvatorian Sister Yasinta Godfrey, SDS recalls her father’s words when she professed first vows in her east Africa homeland of Tanzania. “Now I am free to let her go, knowing her call is only from God.” Years earlier, when Sr. Yasinta spoke ...Read more


2018 Joyful Jubilee

  Photos from the Salvatorian Jubilee Celebration, June 23, 2018


God bless America!

One-hundred nineteen years after our nation’s independence, the first Salvatorian Sisters arrived in Milwaukee, Wis. Three, Sisters Raphaela, Walburga and Agnes were missioned from Rome to provide in-home nursing care to Milwaukee residents. Sister Raphaela documented their experience with the ...Read more


Sister Mary Ruth Dittman, SDS

Sister Mary Ruth Dittman, SDS died on June 18, professed 69 years. We’ll celebrate her life on Monday, June 25 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee. Visitation at ...Read more


Sister Frances Marie Lendle, SDS

We celebrated the life of Sister Frances Marie Lendle last Friday at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus. She was buried Saturday morning at Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Cemetery. Sr. Fran passed away on June ...Read more


Icon, she wrote

Creativity has always been a part of Salvatorian Sister Francine Kosednar’s life even during her many years as an occupational therapist. Now, her latest creative pursuit has led to a copy of her first icon adorning the cover of the ...Read more



English language immersion keeps opening doors in Africa

  For the tenth consecutive year, we’re offering classes in English as a second language (ESL) to our Salvatorian Sisters in Africa. Local sisters in Tanzania as well as some traveling from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique will take ...Read more


We share our mission story

In Catholic dioceses across the U.S., the summer Mission Co-op Program offers the Sisters of the Divine Savior the privilege to speak to Catholic parish communities on behalf of our international missions. This summer, 11 of our sisters from the ...Read more


Annual service award lifts up Salvatorian values

“When you act on behalf of something greater than yourself, you begin to feel it acting through you with a power that is greater than your own.” Grace and the Great Turning by Joanna Macy
  Launching the Salvatorian Service Award in ...Read more




Lowly earthworm could be a role model

Have you ever considered the spirituality of Lumbricus terrestris? The lowly earthworm was actually the subject of a booklet Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS created during her novitiate. She describes earthworm farming (aka vermicomposting) and suggests the creepy-crawler might even be ...Read more






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