Our Ministries

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The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother both serve and empower the poor by sharing God’s love through ministry and contemplative prayer. We share hope, faith and love in many ways.

We are teachers, compassionate caregivers, attentive counselors, caring friends and gentle companions to those in need–the sick, the poor, the young, the old and those in crisis. We live simply, give generously, and have a deep respect and loving concern for all of creation. Through prayer and work, we bring fuller life to others.

We founded and sponsored a national healthcare system in the U.S., Marian Heath Care, which consisted of three regional healthcare systems: Ministry Health (across Wisconsin), Via Christi (based in Wichita, Kansas), and St. John’s Health Systems (based in Tulsa, Oklahoma). In 2014, transition of sponsorship was completed from Marian Health Systems and SSM to Ascension Health Ministries. Read more about Ascension Health here.

We also have founded and sponsor schools and other educational facilities, community centers and other ministries that help bring fuller life to others and empower the poor.

Read about our work in social justice and peace iniatives and respect and preservation of the Earth, including a focus on human trafficking and corporate responsibility. Our work is guided by Catholic Social Teachings and our Franciscan Values.


Some ministries that our Sisters today are involved in:

• Education (elementary, high school and adult)

• Administration

• Nursing

• Pastoral care

• Chaplaincy

• Counseling (family and marriage, alcohol and drug abuse, art therapists, licensed professional counselors)

• Social work

• Childcare

• Spiritual direction

• Youth ministry

• Visiting the sick and homebound

• Misson work serving the poor in various countries

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother St. Clare of Assisi Region has communities and ministries in the following locations:

Marshfield, WI
Mequon, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Oshkosh, WI
Wautoma, WI
Weston, WI

Denville, NJ
Franklin, NJ
Rockaway, NJ
Silver Spring, MD

Tulsa, OK

Santiago, Dominican Republic