Religious Life for Women

Women Religious are an integral part of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  These orders work in many areas, including social justice, outreach, education, care for the poor, and more.

Adrian Dominican Sisters - O.P.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters are an international Congregation of more than 804 vowed women religious whose roots go back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. We are committed to preaching the Word of God, the formation of community centered on faith, and ministry to further the values of the Gospel among ourselves and in our world.

Our ministries have been developed from the traditional works of education, health care, and social work. Our Sisters serve in such ministries as education, administration, law, social work, health care, pastoral ministry, music, art, and office work. Together, we continue the Dominican tradition of preaching through our prayer, study, ministry, and common life.

In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Adrian Dominican Sisters serve in Edmonds, Lynwood, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, and Shoreline.

Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP
Director of Formation/Vocations

Office: (517) 266-3532
Cell: (517) 270-9293
Toll free: 1 (866) 774-0005


Benedictine Nuns of the Primitive Observance - O.S.B.

The motto of the Order of Saint Benedict, Ora et Labora, is the animating spirit by which the nuns live. Prayer is the first and foundational element of a life lived in total consecration to Jesus Christ. From prayer the rest of the day flows, finding its vitality, its strength, its purpose, and its apostolic fruitfulness.

The nuns at Our Lady of the Rock strive to witness to God’s presence in the world by offering a place of prayer and hospitality to others in an environment of monastic peace. Guests of all faiths are welcome to pray and work with the nuns, sharing in a part of their lives.

Our daily schedule  is centered on the Eucharist  and on the Liturgy of the Hours which we pray in Latin. Lauds and Vespers are sung in Gregorian Chant as is the Mass, using the Novus Ordo.

As dictated by St. Benedict, our second most important work is hospitality, where people come  for retreats to share in our prayer and work.

Mother Hildegard George, O.S.B.
Our Lady of the Rock Priory
P.O. Box 425
Shaw Island, WA 98286


Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Charity - B.S.S.C.

The Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Charity are a congregation of religious women of prayer and mission, founded by Father Yoon Ule Su Lawrence in 1956 in Korea. There are about 400 sisters living and serving in Korea, Peru, the Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, and the United States. Centeral administration and motherhouse are located in Jounju, Korea. The sisters assist in parishes, nursing homes, homeless centers, homes for handicapped children, orphanages, centers for the elderly, kindergartens, and missions in Mongolia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Charity are trying to live and serve others following their founder's motto: "I myself have to be happy to share the happiness with others."

Sister Agnes Sunam Cho, B.S.S.C.
St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish
1316 62nd Ave E
Fife, WA 98424

Phone: (206) 896-4489

Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady - Carm.O.L.

The Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady are women religious from the Philippines. Through prayer and mission, the sisters in the Pacific Northwest participate in the redemptive mission through Christian formation, education, and other pastoral ministries. With preferential love for the poor, they evangelize, calling people to a deeper faith, responsible action, and role in creating a just society.

The Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady serve in West Seattle at Providence Mount St. Vincent and in Holy Rosary Parish and School.

Sister Regina Christine Aviso, Carm. O.L.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community
4731 38th Ave., SW.
Seattle, WA 98136

Phone: (206) 933-6439

Discalced Carmelite Nuns - O.C.D.

We belong to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, and her presence pervades our monastery and stamps our life with a distinctly Marian character! Our Carmelite family, in keeping with the example given us by St. Teresa, also lovingly honors St. Joseph.

Holding everything in common, we challenge ourselves to radical self-denial—to right relationship with one another and all creation.

St. Teresa referred to the Carmelite community as “the little college of Christ.” Sisters in the community come from broad and varied backgrounds, each bringing their unique gifts and talents… each discovering new gifts and talents in Carmel.

St. Teresa’s ideal, that we live our vocation in an atmosphere that strikes a balance between solitude on the one hand and community life on the other remains our daily striving and challenge. We believe that within our acts of sisterly kindness and the little ordinary things we do each day is hidden the grace and potential for personal and world transformation.

We have a special focus in our prayer for the Church, for priests and for the missions.

St. Joseph's Monastery 
Shoreline, WA


Dominicans of Sinsinawa - O.P.

Sinsinawa Dominican women are called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in building a holy and just society. The mission of the Sinsinawa Dominicans directs and guides the life and ministries of the sisters and all those who also espouse the mission. As an apostolic religious congregation, the Sinsinawa Dominicans engage in many and varied ministries of preaching and teaching. The congregation sponsors educational institutions. Sinsinawa sisters are also engaged in numerous sponsored ministries, all of which flow from the mission of the congregation.

Sinsinawa Dominicans Membership Office
585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701

Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia - O.P.


The Dominican Sisters of the congregation of Saint Cecilia, Nashville, Tennessee, were founded in 1860. Our religious life is rooted in a contemplative framework which supports our active apostolate of education, through which we serve in classroom teaching and teacher preparation; faith formation programs and work with young people, and retreats and other catechetical initiatives fostering the New Evangelization. The Congregation currently serves in 17 states and Washington, D.C., as well as in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Scotland.


In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia serve in Bremerton at the parish school of Our Lady Star of the Sea.


Sister Peter Marie, O.P.
Vocation Director
St. Cecilia Motherhouse
Vocation Office
801 Dominican Drive
Nashville, TN 37228-1909


Phone: (615) 256-0147


Dominican Sisters of Tacoma - O.P.

The Tacoma Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas, have been in the Northwest since 1888. The Tacoma Dominican Community of vowed members and associates minister throughout Washington, California, and Arizona. Their ministry and service include education, parish and hospital ministry, ministry to the sick and elderly, to new immigrants, to the poor and homeless, and to women's empowerment.

Their Dominican tradition of contemplation impells them to collaborate in networks of spiritual, educational, and political commitment to create a just society that addresses basic human needs and eds the violence that erodes the planet. They are preachers of peace, justice and joy who have joined together as seekers of truth.

Sister Gretta Woodlock, OP
Tacoma Dominican Center
935 Fawcett Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: (253) 272-9688
Cell:(253) 579-4060


Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration - F.S.P.A.

We are a community of vowed Franciscan women centered in Eucharist, committed to be loving presence through prayer, witness and service. 

True to our Franciscan Calling, we commit ourselves to building Christ's Kingdom of justice and peace. We continue our efforts to preserve and nurture God's creation, to increase social and global consciousness, to educate ourselves to political awareness, and to encourage action to effect change where necessary. - Unity in Diversity #40

Proudly joined in the FSPA mission and ministry are our affiliates, prayer partners and our partners in sponsored ministries. Members of FSPA minister all around the globe.

Sister Amy Taylor, F.S.P.A.
912 Market St.
La Crosse, WI 54601


The Lovers of the Holy Cross of Go Vap of Viet Nam - L.H.C.

The purpose and mission of the Sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Go Vap are "to know, love and offer oneself totally to Jesus Christ by diligently contemplating, remembering, and imitating His sacrificial life on earth," and "continue His salvific mission through work of intercession in house prayers and in daily life" (Constitution 3 & 4). The sisters serve in different diocese in Vietnam, Rome, Germany, France, and the United States.

In the Archdiocese of Seattle, they serve in parishes in Everett, SW Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, Auburn, Tacoma and Olympia.

Sister Theresa Phuong Nguyen, L.H.C.
20013 120th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98031

Phone: (253) 529-2541


Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Fatima - M.R.F.

The Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Fatima, Diocese of Izcalli, Mexico, serve in religious education training for Hispanics in parishes and missions in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Sister Anabell Carmona, M.R.F.
5518 S Ryan St.
Seattle, WA 98178

Phone: (206) 794-9217

Missionary Catechists of the Poor - M.C.P.

The Missionary Catechists of the Poor is a religious congregation founded in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, in 1926 during the religious persecution. We are called to offer our life in union with Jesus Christ, serving our brothers and sisters, the most poor and abandoned. We are serving in different dioceses in Mexico and the United States, and our main purpose is the evangelization, catechesis and formation of leaders. In the United States, we accompany the Hispanic community, showing them God's merciful love and helping them to become an active part of the Church.

Sr. Maria N. Vazquez, M.C.P.
St. Rose de Viterbo Parish
2571 Nichols Blvd.
Longview, WA 98632

Phone: (360) 425-4660

Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan - R.S.M.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan is a pontifical institute with the goal of the praise and worship of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the boundless mercy which has been revealed through the works of creation, redemption, and sanctification. The sisters profess the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, as well as a fourth vow of service.

Our apostolate, as that of all religious, consists primarily in the witness of our consecrated lives. Flowing out of the charism entrusted to our foundress Venerable Catherine McAuley, we offer that witness in the service of the “poor, sick, ignorant”, predominately in the areas of health care and education.

Sister Margaret Mary Turner, R.S.M.
P.O. Box 314
Shaw Island, WA 98286

Phone: (360) 468-3134

School Sisters of Notre Dame - S.S.N.D.

Their mission is to proclaim the good news as School Sisters of Notre Dame, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. Their ministry is directed toward education. For them that means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to direct their gifts toward building the earth. Committed to this goal, they respond to varying needs of church and world through a diversity of ministries. They strive to live and work in ways that reflect and promote the values Christ lived and taught.


Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur - S.N.D.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are an international congregation. Their apostolate in the Western states includes California, Oregon and Washington. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the sisters serve in Seattle, Longview, Monroe, and Burien.

Sr. Elisabeth Tiernam, SND
15413 11th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166

Phone: (206) 323-5595


Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help - S.O.L.P.H.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Perpeutal Help was founded by Maryknoll Father John Morris in 1932 in Korea. S.O.L.P.H. community members continue to serve not only in Korea, but in the United States, Peru, China, and Germany. The sisters minister in the areas of parish ministry, hospital ministry, and Bible study. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the sisters minister at St. Andrew Kim parish in Seattle.

Sister Candida Gui Nyeo Lee, S.O.L.P.H.
Sister Philia Eunhee Kim, S.O.L.P.H.

St. Andrew Kim
11700 1st Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Phone: (206) 362-2278 or (206) 963-7103

Sisters of Providence - S.P.

Our challenge as Sisters of Providence is to give a human face to Providence and testify to the love of God. We believe that the loving presence of God watches over the entire universe and remains attentive to the needs of all, active in us and through us. This is what we call Providence. We do this by engaging with compassion in prophetic solidarity with the poor--those people whose basic needs are not met, the victims of injustice, the rejected, the marginalized and the voiceless. This commitment requires us to be creative in the use of the talents God has given us, so that our actions are received as an expression of God's love.

The life of a Sister of Providence is challenged through ministry, supported in community and nourished by spirituality. We enjoy an international, intercultural, intergenerational community life, with prayer as the source of our joy. Founded in 1843 by Emilie Tavernier Gamelin in Montreal, our congregation is present and active in the western U.S., Canada, Chile, Haiti, Egypt, El Salvador and the Philippines through such ministries as health care, education, parish ministry, social services, housing, prison ministry, pastoral care and spiritual direction. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the sisters serve in Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and Everett.

Sisters of Providence Vocation Office
Phone: (509) 474-2323 or (206) 979-0577


Sisters of St. Benedict - O.S.B.

St. Placid Priory is a women’s Benedictine monastic community. We come from diverse backgrounds and have pursued many different careers. We are down-to-earth. We follow the Rule of St. Benedict, pray together and extend our Benedictine presence to the local community in the Olympia, Washington area.

We are healthy risk-takers, willing to follow the call of the Holy Spirit–even when the invitation seems unsure. We are a community with some structure and much freedom. We strive to allow the Rule of Benedict and the prophetic call to influence our lives. We are optimistic about our future and are taking concrete steps to prepare for our monastic future in the next century. We seek to cultivate a gentle spirit, bringing a non-violent stance to our conversation, interactions and ministry.

Sister Lucy Wynkoop
St. Placid Priory
500 College Street NE
Lacey WA 98516-5339

Phone: (360) 438-1771

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia - O.S.F.

Gospel Women Making a Difference! Will you join us in following Jesus Christ?

We live the traditional Franciscan Third Order values of contemplation, poverty, humility, and continuous conversion through the evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Community life, prayer and ministry support and express our relationships with God, others, creation, and self. We choose to take the necessary risks to be a compassionate presence in our violent world—especially with women; children; those who have no voice; and those who are economically poor, marginalized, and oppressed.

Our varied ministries allow us to foster right relationships in our Church and promote peace in society in the United States and beyond.

Evangelio mujeres haciendo la diferencia! ¿Quiere unirse a nosotros en seguir a Jesucristo? Vivimos los valores tradicionales de la orden tercera franciscana de contemplación, la pobreza, la humildad y la conversión continua a través de los votos evangélicos de pobreza, castidad y obediencia. Vida Comunitaria, la oración y el ministerio apoyo y expresar nuestras relaciones con Dios y otros, la creación y la libre. Decidimos tomar los riesgos necesarios para ser una presencia compasiva en nuestro mundo violento, especialmente con las mujeres; niños; quienes no tienen voz; y aquellos que son pobres, marginados y oprimidos. Nuestros variados ministerios nos permiten fomentar las relaciones de derecha en nuestra iglesia y promover la paz en la sociedad en los Estados Unidos y más allá.

Sr. Christine Still, OSF
Director of New Membership
6602 S Alaska St
Tacoma, WA 98406

Phone: (253) 475-5785

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace - C.S.J.P.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and our Associates are called to practice hospitality, nonviolence and care for creation in our mission of peace through justice. We respond to God’s people in need and promote social justice as a way to peace. We stand in solidarity and act in justice with marginalized and oppressed people in our society. Our sisters minister in education, health care, parish ministry, social justice advocacy, spiritual direction and peace ministry in the U.S., U.K, Haiti and El Salvador. In the U.S. we serve in Washington, Oregon and on the East Coast.  Prayer is fundamental to our life. Our presence to one another in community enables, sustains and challenges us to be responsive to our mission. We welcome new members to our Congregation who reflect the rich diversity of people and cultures in our Church and world.


Sister Jo-Anne Miller, CSJP
Vocation Director, Western Region
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
Bellevue, WA

Phone: (425) 467-5402

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary - S.N.J.M.

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), an international congregation of Catholic Sisters, Associates and Lay Consecrated women, are dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts. Since our founding in Longueuil, Quebec in 1843 by Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, our ministries have been to educate and empower people. Today, more than 400 SNJM Sisters and nearly 400 Associates are part of the SNJM U.S.-Ontario Province. Worldwide, Sisters of the Holy Names serve in North America, South America and Africa.

We have a special concern for the poor and marginalized, especially women and children. Our recent corporate stands include: support for water as a human right and a public good, opposition to human trafficking, and solidarity with migrants and refugees.

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have served in the Archdiocese of Seattle since 1880 with the opening of Holy Names Academy. We continue to support ministries such as the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and Mercy Housing Northwest. Whether in schools or parishes, tutoring centers or graduate programs, studios or prisons, immigrant centers or counseling offices, we are committed to following the Gospel and working to promote systemic change. More information can be found on our website. 

Sr. Teresa Shields, SNJM
Phone: (206) 364-8155

U.S. - Ontario Province
PO Box 398 
Marylhurst, OR 97036
Toll Free: 1 (877) 296-7100

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity - S.O.L.T.

Trinitarian: We exist to give honor and glory to the Most Holy Trinity, to exalt His majesty, and to manifest His greatness.

Marian: We strive to imitate our Blessed Mother Mary in her relationships with the persons of the Trinity, as beloved daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Catholic: As loyal and loving members of Christ and His Vicar on earth, the Pope, we are faithful to the Magisterium and devoted to the Holy Eucharist.

Missionary: We serve in areas of deepest apostolic need, as defined by the local bishops where we serve.

Family: We are a family composed of priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, single laity and families serving together in the missions and bound together in our spirituality.

In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the S.O.L.T. sisters serve at St. Alphonsus Parish in Seattle.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers, SOLT
Regional Vocation Servant

The Sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, SOLT
1411 NW 59th Street
Seattle, WA, 98107

Phone: (206) 297-3325

Society of the Sacred Heart - R.S.C.J.

The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international order which exists on all continents and engages in all forms of education. The motherhouse for the order is in Rome, Italy. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, three sisters carry out their mission of education by working at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, or in parish, campus ministry or social service programs.

Area Contact:
Sr. Marcia O'Dea, RSCJ
Phone: (425) 698-1960

Vocations Director:
Mary Finlayson