Vocation

Salvatorian Life in the United States

In late May, Salvatorian General Superior Sister Edith Bramberger came to the U.S. from Rome along with Sister Marion Etzel, who also serves on the international leadership team, or Generalate.  In this blog post, they reflect on their experiences with ...Read more


Folk Artist: Do Catholic Sisters Make a Difference?

When I chose religious life I wanted my life to make a difference in the world! I brought my gifts to this adventure: intelligence, creativity, a Catholic heritage, the ability to get along with people and a love for the ...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



Folk Artist: Caring for a Cat

Years ago I found a holy card with a saint and her cat! I was intrigued that an animal had been a close companion and was shown with Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century German saint. I have taken temporary care ...Read more


Folk Artist: Yearly Retreat for Sisters

Retreats for Sisters happen annually and are of many varieties. Retreats are 6 to 8 days in length. When a member is introduced to “retreat”, she often starts with a “guided retreat.” The week provides a schedule for each day and ...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


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. 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


Sr. Feliciana Hokororo, SDS

My name is Feliciana. My full name is Sr. Feliciana Hokororo, SDS. I am a sister of the Salvatorian Sisters. I was born in 1985 in the village of Tunduru. In my family there are four children, one girl and ...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


Folk Artist: Funeral of a Sister

I want to speak about the final Vocation Call of the Sisters whom I have known. Together we walk one another home to heaven. We do this in the funeral Mass as we celebrate the deceased Sister’s life. When one of ...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. 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


Sr. Angelina Tlehema, SDS

My name is Sr. Angelina Tlehema. I am second born in our family and I have two brothers and four sisters. My tribe is Iraq. I was born in Manyara Region, Tanzania on 25 October, 1966. I was a good child, ...Read more


Sr. Liz: Becoming Salvatorian

I can’t speak for others, but my experience in becoming Salvatorian is both simple and amazing – at least to me!. Back when I was a senior in high school and first got the notion of entering the convent I ...Read more


Meet Sr. Justina B. Milanzi, SDS

I was born on August 5, 1981 in the village of Ndanda-Masasi in the Mtwara Region. My grandparents and my parents were also born in this region. In my family, we have 9 children. I have two brothers and six sisters, ...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: Who’d Become A Nun!!!

I’ve never written a blog before and wonder what women would want to read – specifically women who are considering whether they might have a vocation to the religious life and wonder what it is all about.  I wonder myself ...Read more


Folk Artist: Affection Among Sisters

Before I came to the convent I did not know how Sisters showed affection to one another. I saw Sisters happy, joyful and friendly, but I wondered about affection and friendship in the community. As a folk artist I read ...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


Folk Artist: Christmas Traditions

Some of the Christmases in the convent have been unlike any of those I had with my family at home. The first thing we learned in our “convent Christmas” was that the pre-Christmas weeks were called Advent. The chapel smelled ...Read more