News & Events

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

Meet Divine Savior Healthcare volunteer, Halo

Our sponsored institution in Portage, Wis. has one very special volunteer who has helped forge a circle of friendship by visiting the Tivoli facility at Divine Savior Healthcare on Friday afternoons. Four-year-old Border Collie, Halo was rescued by DSH volunteer ...Read more

Social Justice Workshop
September 24, 2016

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples is a social justice workshop created in response to calls from the World Council of Churches and Indigenous leaders at the United Nations, who urge faith communities and ...Read more

Sr. Malia served in the U.S. and Taiwan

Please join us in prayer for Sr. Malia Kao, SDS, who died on Sunday, July 31. The Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Malia will take place Friday, August 5 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd Street in ...Read more

It’s all in the family

Sr. Margaret Hansknecht’s family reunion in mid-July promises a piñata, balloon toss and potluck dinner with kielbasa. But more than anything, Sr. Margaret is excited about the invitation she received recently that pays homage to her “very Salvatorian” ancestry! Three Salvatorians ...Read more

Salvatorians on fire with the Spirit gather in Milwaukee

The U.S. Salvatorian Family’s National Assembly will begin Monday, June 20 and run through Friday next week. Following five days of presentations and panel discussions at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wis., a Jubilee Mass on Saturday at Sacred ...Read more

Guatemalan Mission Initiative

Sister Liza Segleau, SDS, will devote the next three months in Bogota to prepare for the opening of the Guatemalan Mission Initiative on September 8. She’ll be working together with three Salvatorian Sisters from Colombia and our two Brazilian provinces.  ...Read more

Sisters share international story through mission appeals

  What a privilege to receive invitations from across the country again this year through the Diocesan Missionary Cooperative Program! This summer, 14 of our U.S. Sisters will visit parishes from California to Maine and many places in between to speak ...Read more

Be well to serve well

Wellness in body, mind and soul is vital for employees at Divine Savior Healthcare (DSH) to best serve the health needs of the Portage, Wis. community about 40 miles north of Madison.  Our sponsored institution provides emergency medical ...Read more

Salvatorian anti-trafficking ministry’s next chapter

What  Sister Jean Schafer, SDS calls “a large bump in the road” has prompted her and Sister Sheila Novak, SDS to uproot their SDS Hope House ministry and replant it into the hands of another local organization that shares their ...Read more

Folk Seasons Art Show

Walk and talk with Wisconsin folk artist Sr. Karlyn Cauley, SDS at her “Folk Seasons” exhibit at the Wauwatosa Public Library. Sr. Karlyn will be showing 40 pieces of her original art in the library gallery from March 2 through ...Read more

You touch our hearts

letter_heartMany of you have a special place in your heart for a favorite Sister of the Divine Savior. We know because you tell us! We often receive cards and letters sharing memories ...Read more

Sponsorship keeps Salvatorian spirit alive at DSHA

Examples of how the Sisters of the Divine Savior instill our core values in students at Milwaukee’s Divine Savior Holy Angels High School make for a long list. Starting in freshman year, we offer students opportunities for outreach to elders ...Read more

Evening Prayer Service
January 29, 2016

Sisters of the Divine Savior will join together in song with other women religious from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to close the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life. The concert on Friday, January 29 will begin at 7:00 p.m. in St. ...Read more

She infused her classroom lessons with love

Even as a young girl, Sister Marie Ensslin, SDS enjoyed sharing her creative gifts. She liked to sing along as her father played the concertina, and later she performed in her grade school orchestra, playing the accordion or violin. As ...Read more

Social justice became her passion

The Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Elaine Czarnezki, SDS (Cor Mariae) will take place Friday, January 8 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd Street in Milwaukee. Visitation will begin in the chapel at 12:30 p.m. followed by Mass ...Read more

She still holds the Tanzanian people in her heart

A young woman religious from the Midwest stepped off a dusty jeep in a remote East African village. Sr. Bernadette Kline, SDS arrived in Tanzania with a daunting mission: to make known a loving God to a people burdened by ...Read more

Salvatorian life opened up her world

Sister  Kathleen Dooley, SDS ministered as a chaplain at Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home in Portage, Wis. from 1985 to 1999. Previously, she had served as a chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee and as Provincial Secretary ...Read more

Sing Hallelujah, Alleluia!

Sisters of the Divine Savior will be among the Voices in Harmony on Saturday evening, December 5 at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson Street in Milwaukee. Leaders of sung prayer from Milwaukee’s Jewish and Catholic communities ...Read more