Ministries around the World

Support our mission in a way especially meaningful to you by designating your gift for one of the ministries described below. Of course, designating a gift to be used in the area with the greatest need is also appreciated.

To donate to a ministry you see here, click the name of the ministry and make an online donation today.  Alternately, please feel free to visit our online donation page, change the ministry designation on the form to “other” and designate any Salvatorian ministry you would like.

U.S. Ministries

The 67 sisters living and ministering in the United States are involved in many ministries in their local communities. These are just a few of the special needs they hold close to their hearts.

  • Area of Greatest Need – North American Ministries: Sisters of the Divine Savior use their ministerial gifts to serve vulnerable populations of all ages throughout the United States. Our sisters respond to the greatest needs of God’s people through education, health care, and justice and peace initiatives. Your faithful support helps make these life-giving ministries possible.
  • Pastoral Care: Many of our sisters who have retired from full-time service in education, social work and health care embrace the privilege of pastoral caregiving. They’re answering a call from God to restore hope, faith and love to the hearts of people who are hurting. Whether comforting the sick, offering grief support, or visiting prisoners, our sisters are the face of Christ to people in need.
  • Stop Human Trafficking: We are committed to raising awareness about modern-day slavery, restoring wholeness to individuals rescued from enslavement, and advocating for stronger laws and enforcement to help abolish human trafficking. Your contribution will help to ensure justice for survivors of this widespread assault on human dignity.
  • Formation/New Membership: The Sisters of the Divine Savior Formation Program provides rich experiences to help each woman decide if a life of service as a vowed member of our congregation is the best expression of her call to faith. Dedicating your gift for the formation of new members will provide resources needed to nurture the seeds of ministerial service.
  • Salvatorian Sisters Retirement Fund: Our elder sisters spent years serving for little or no compensation,  and now face declining health  and increasing medical needs. Designating your donation for their retirement needs is a thoughtful way to honor our Salvatorian Sisters’ lifetime of serving others.
  • UNANIMA: A multicultural coalition with members from 21 women religious congregations around the world, including our Sisters of the Divine Savior congregation. UNANIMA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that advocates for women and children, immigrants and refugees, and the welfare of our planet. The NGO focuses particularly on those who are living in poverty or are victims of human trafficking. Much of UNANIMA’s work takes place at the United Nations in New York City.

International Missions

These are a few examples of where the 1095 professed members, who serve in 28 countries on five continents, minister to local people in need to help ensure that all may know the Savior.

  • Pakistan Center for Holistic Education: In 1997, Sisters of the Divine Savior from Sri Lanka founded a mission in Youhannabad, where they opened the Salvatorian Center for Holistic Education in a former monastery. The center offers a two-year training program in home economics for girls and women to learn how to run a household and manage finances. They also receive training as seamstresses and beauticians, both in high demand in Pakistan. For Christian and Muslim women, the center creates a path to a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
  • Scholarship Fund at the Salvatorian School in Philippines: Enrollment of nearly 140 children pushes capacity of the Salvatorian School in Cebu City. Since its founding in 2006, the school has not increased its tuition because 60% of its students can afford to pay nothing, or only a small portion of the cost of their education. The sisters have developed the scholarship fund to ensure their scholars can continue to receive this quality education at a minimal cost.
  • Salvatorian Sisters Home in Sri Lanka: Our local Sri Lankan Sisters operate a home for orphaned girls to help them regain a sense of security and hope for the future. Your gift will help bring the kindness of Jesus to these children at the Salvatorian Sisters Home to relearn how to love and trust after losing their families.
  • Sathirthya Special School in India: The sisters opened the school in Kerala, India in 1994 to provide unique opportunities for children and adults with special needs. They recognize the need to transform the cultural attitude toward individuals with mental or physical disabilities.
  • The Salvatorian School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in 2002. Today, the kindergarten has five classrooms with 350 children. Over the last 12 years, the school has added primary grades in 13 classrooms with 890 children. It also serves 458 secondary-level students through grade 12.
  • The Tanzanian Education Initiative sends Sisters and Lay Salvatorians from the United States to tutor the Tanzanian sisters, and sisters who travel from other African nations. Now in its seventh year, it helps African sisters qualify for jobs to better serve their local people and support their Salvatorian Sisters community.
  • Formation for new sisters in India allows the province to continue to grow and meet the pastoral needs of the Catholic Christians in their country. In 2014, there were 65 sisters in India and nearly half of them were in some stage of initial formation, preparing to join the other sisters in their ministries of education, youth ministry, social work, and nursing.
  • Centro de Formação Divino Salvador in Fortaleza Brazil (CEFORDS) offers training in computer science and computer maintenance, as well classes in the arts for children and young adults, and a host of services to woman from the community. A focal point is their pool, whose renovation was completed in February 2019, which is used for hydrotherapy by elderly people and disabled children and for swimming lessons for children and young adults.