We Must Open Our Hearts

by Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDS Over 70 million people around the world are forced to become immigrants today due to poverty, the effects of global warming which destroyed their country's economics, and violence. Recently, I read about Pope Francis' deep concern for ...Read more

COVID-19 Protocols

by Sister Darlene Pienschke, SDS I recently went to Casa Alitas to pick up the COVID-19 protocols. The director is also putting together a training video on how to serve migrants and take proper ...Read more

Xavier Writes His First Correspondence

by Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Xavier (grade 2)  is one of my ... more "spirited"... students in my beginning reading class this year. Learning to read has not been easy for him and his ...Read more

COVID-19 and ICE

by Sr. Darlene Pienschke, SDS ICE Detention Centers are on the verge of becoming Coronavirus super spreaders. Hundreds of people have tested positive. There are reports of soap shortage and detainees report they are ...Read more

Glimpse God: “Toksta ake” does not mean “good-bye.”

Salvatorian Sister Patrice Colletti writes her Glimpse God blog from South Dakota, where she teaches on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation there. Sister Rita Vogelsang has also served in Sisseton since October 2016, and will now join our Sister Darlene Pienschke in ...Read more

Reflections on a book discussion: Sr. Letty and Sr. Georgene

Our Salvatorian Sisters in Phoenix, Ariz. hosted a series of discussions about Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy for 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week. Stevenson is co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., a non-profit organization advocating for equal ...Read more

The DSHA Vocare Experience: Part I

“I was privileged to take part in a prayer service for Divine Savior Holy Angels High School seniors returning from VOCARE. Here, I share students’ reflections on their two-week immersion in community service. For me, their words affirm the vitality ...Read more

Meet Sister Edesia Ngilangwa, SDS

My name is Edesia Ngilangwa, SDS. I come from Njo Tombe Village in Tanzania. In my family there are eight people. I have three brothers and I have three sisters. All my family are alive. My father and my mother ...Read more

Folk Artist: Caring for elders

After I entered our religious community, there were many more young Sisters than we have now. Today I am still considered a “young Sister” although I celebrated my 50-year Jubilee. You do the math and smile with me! But we ...Read more

Sr. Jane: What is a mystic?  A contemplative?

Sometimes we imagine an emaciated, sad looking, celibate, balding monk, or a crotchety, pale, nun who lives behind a wall and does nothing but pray.  They’re both out of touch with reality and what’s going on the world and really ...Read more

Ending Human Trafficking: It begins with awareness.

“Hidden in plain sight” is often the phrase used to describe the crime of human trafficking. Everyday people, coming and going, need to have eyes and ears tuned in to potential human trafficking situations. These stories from our May 2017 ...Read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

During our days going from one Posada to another, we were able to have a treat at the Catholic Church in San Sebastian. We watched the youth do a play of the Nativity. They really put themselves into it. Joseph ...Read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home from Guatemala

We share Sister Liza Segleau’s latest update since arriving in Guatemala. Please continue to keep all our Salvatorian Family members in your prayers as their mission initiative in Guatemala continues to unfold. I'm keeping busy traveling around the hill sides with ...Read more

Sr. Liza: A Letter Home

Sister Liza Segleau, SDS shares about her experiences in Colombia, as she prepares to begin our Guatemala Initiative along with three of our Sisters from South America. They will depart for Guatemala on September 5, 2016. Here, she describes their

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Jenada’s Jewels: Tanzania Reflection

Earlier this summer, Sister Jenada Fanetti, SDS, taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to Salvatorian Sisters in Tanzania, East Africa, along with Lay Salvatorian Sue Haertel.  Recently, Sr. Jenada shared about her experience with members of her home parish

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Folk Artist: A “Living Rule”

Years ago our Sisters lived in a large convent in St. Nazianz, WI. The 23 Sisters had a beautiful chapel and in the morning a Salvatorian Brother came to “serve Mass.” One of the Brothers named Brother Florentine, had a ...Read more

Sr. Evelyn’s Bolivia Medical Mission Trip

Greetings, I’ve been asked to briefly share with you about the Medical mission of Sucre, Bolivia that I was blessed to be invited to be a part of. And thanks to a generous person of the medical team it became a ...Read more

Folk Artist: Change Agents in the Church

When Vatican II promoted change in the Catholic Church the changes seemed to be external. Language used during Mass no longer was Latin but the “mother tongue” of the people; the main altar looked more like a table where the ...Read more

Sr. Liz: Praying for our enemies

God is love. Peace! Do good to those who hate you. War is not the answer. Love, not hate. We have all heard the sayings of Jesus and the slogans. But do we actually believe them? When was the last time we prayed for our ...Read more

Journey and Homecoming: Metaphors for Life

“Journey” seems an apt metaphor for my life.  All of my life has been a journey, an immersion experience in many cultures. Recent years have found me teaching English in Tanzania, talking about our worldwide Salvatorian missions at parishes in such ...Read more

Sr. Liz: ALL ways and means

The Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Jordan, wanted his followers to use “all ways and means” to make the love of God known. Back in the early 70’s I learned of the simple joy and good feeling that comes ...Read more

Vocare: to call or to draw forth

This week in our blog, we share how our sponsored high school, Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) instills the Salvatorian Mission. Read excerpts from a reflection written by DSHA senior Jordyn G., after Day 1 of her two-week VOCARE service experience: It ...Read more

Sr. Jane: The best thing(s) about religious life

The question was, "What is the best thing about religious life for you?" Sr. Jane Eschweiler, SDS couldn't answer that question--there are so many good things in her view she had to change it to "What are the best things about religious ...Read more

Sr. Barbara Reynolds, Tanzanian English Instructor

I am Sister Barbara Reynolds.  I was born at Hotel Dieu, a hospital in El Paso, Texas on October 11, 1949, the first child of George and Charlotte Reynolds.  Over the next ten years, my parents had seven more children ...Read more

Sr. Laurence Kibambe Kutshina, SDS

My name is Sister Laurence Kibambe Kutshina. I come from The Congo. I am a nurse. I work in an orphanage in Goma in The Congo. We have 89 babies living in our orphanage. There are three sisters, including me, who ...Read more

Sr. Bakhita Ndokole, SDS

My name is Sr. Bakhita S. Ndokole, SDS. I was born on December 12, 1985 in the Iringa region at Mudabulo hospital. I am the first born in a family of eight children. I have four young brothers and three ...Read more

Sr. Barbara: My vocation story continues to unfold

I often say my vocation story has three threads: mathematics, teaching, and Salvatorians.  In eighth grade, I discovered mathematics and announced to my family that when I grew up I was going to “go to college and study mathematics.”  When ...Read more

Sr. Deanna: Counting My Blessings

I grew up in Dickeyville, Wis. in a family of 12. Being the second oldest, I was called on to help out at an early age. We lived across from the famous grotto and Holy Ghost Church and school. We ...Read more

Sr. Carol: My Vocation of Making a Difference

When people ask, “Why did you become a Sister?” my answer is always twofold. First of all, I turn to my own heart, my own dream. Somewhere, deep inside I’d always known that I wanted to make a difference in the world. ...Read more

Folk Artist: Pope Francis

I have friends in other Christian denominations who are as excited about Pope Francis as I am. My friends remind me that Francis is “everybody’s Pope!” In past years there seemed not to be the same enthusiasm to identify with ...Read more

Sr. Liz: Thy Will Be Done

How often over my nearly 77 years have I prayed the “Our Father”!  I always prayed the phrase, “Thy will be done” while trying to maintain an attitude of acceptance.  (God, you know what’s best, so I accept whatever outcome ...Read more

Sr. Theresia Macha, SDS

My name is Sister Theresia. I was born the first of seven children in 1959. My parents had three sons and four daughters. I grew up in a small village. I entered the Salvatorians in 1980. My apostolate is to work ...Read more

Sr. Astrid Kateni, SDS

My name is Astrid Kateni. I was born on December 14, 1971 in Kolwezi. Kolwezi is a city in Katanga province in the Republic Democratique of Congo. I’m the fourth child in my family. My father’s name was a Tabu Kalala ...Read more

Sr. Georgene: Be Together…But NOT the Same

Arizona is not known for having a great educational system. I believe it is ranked 41st in the U.S. One reason is that the state absorbs a high percentage of immigrants. Instructors on all levels are challenged to improve the ...Read more

Sr. Bonita Victory Nnamba, SDS

My name is Sister Bonita Victory Nnamba, SDS. I was born June 30, in 1981 at Ocean Road Hospital in Dar es Salaam. SBonita2 My Father’s name was Victory Nnamba and my mother’s ...Read more

Folk Artist: Will of God

Some of the hardest words in the spiritual life began with five words, “The will of God is…” I used to resent those words and the feelings that it restricted my life. God’s will sounded strict, hard, unmovable and joyless ...Read more

Folk Artist: Sr. Rachel’s story

Two threads have been woven together in several letters Sr. Rachel Wallace, SDS received over 60 years ago from her mother at the time she considered life as a sister. The threads can be named The Heart of a Mother, ...Read more

Sr. Liz: Simple joy in simple ministry

The Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Jordan, wanted his followers to use “all ways and means” to make the love of God known. Back in the early ‘70s I learned of the simple joy and good feeling that comes ...Read more

Sr. Jane: A Grateful Look Back

One of the main things I like about getting older is that there are more memories to call on.  In June, I will complete 12 years with the Jordan Ministry Team, and before moving on to another form of service, ...Read more

Jenada’s Jewels: Joy in ministry

As I ponder the many years of ministry as a Sister of the Divine Savior, an abundance of blessings is realized. Serving as a Teacher, Vocation Minister, Director of Religious Education and now as Pastoral Care Minister, have been  life ...Read more

Sr. Mary: Am I Retired??

“I know nothing of tomorrow, except the love of God will rise before the sun, the love of God will rise before the sun.”  This particular song and theme is characteristic of my life. Presently I am retired, which means that ...Read more

Sr. Georgene: Justice is a Social MUST

As a Sister of the Divine Savior, I walk many paths and interact WITH and WITH IN many communities.  I have touched and been touched by many people of different ages and cultures. When I arrived in Phoenix, AZ, I was ...Read more

Sr. Beverly & Sr. Grace Mary: Charism in action

Sponsorship is a ministry The USA Province of the Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) sponsors four institutions in Wisconsin.  One, Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, offers emergency and urgent care services, a birthing center, inpatient and outpatient services, intensive care, ...Read more