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

Adrian Dominican Sisters

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.

We minister in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and in seven countries: Canada, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Responsive to the "signs of the times," we strive to address the needs of the world, to serve where we are called to go.

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.

Nearly 189 Associates (married and single men and women) share our journey in preaching the Good News of the Gospel and in bringing about change in our world.

Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP
Director of Formation/Vocations
Office: 517-266-3532
Cell: 517-270-9293
Toll free: 1-866-774-0005

Email: vocations@adriandominicans.org
Website: www.adriandominicans.org

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross

Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross

We are engaged in ministries that focus on:

  • building communities of justice and love — by assisting in the formation and facilitation of right relationships between and among individuals and groups
  • eradicating material poverty — by addressing the systemic causes and effects of poverty
  • ending gender discrimination against women — by working to transform or to bring to an end those systems and structures which oppress women and to collaborate with others in the creation of just and inclusive systems and structures.

Sisters of the Holy Cross are: educators, nurses, administrators, counselors, social workers, parish and campus ministers, retreat leaders, writers, attorneys, advocates for social justice and systemic reform.

We serve throughout the world in: schools, hospitals, social service agencies, churches and parishes, retreat houses, centers of prayer and community organizations.

Sr. Helene Sharp, CSC
Sisters of the Holy Cross
All Saints Convent
100 Lourdes Hall — Saint Mary’s
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Phone: 574-284-5531
E-mail: hsharp@cscsisters.org 
Website: www.cscsisters.org

Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Discalced Carmelite Nuns

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
Email: seattlecarm@comcast.net
Website: www.seattlecarmel.org

Maryknoll Sisters

Maryknoll Sisters

Sr. Janet Hockman, MM
(914) 941-7575 Ext 5612
Email: vocation@mksisters.org
Website: https://maryknollsisters.org

Sisters of St. Benedict

Sisters of St. Benedict

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
Email: lwynkoop@stplacid.org
Website: www.stplacid.org

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Website: snjmusontario.org

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
Seattle
206-364-8155
tshields5145@bellsouth.net

Sr. Mollie Reavis
US-Ontario Province
503-285-0634
reavis_m@hotmail.com

U.S. - Ontario Province
PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036
Toll Free: 1-877-296-7100
Email: info@snjmuson.org
Website: snjmusontario.org
Facebook: facebook.com/SistersoftheHolyNames

 

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sr Angele Lewis, SNDdeN
1-888-827-1724
Email: angelelewissnd@verizon.net
Website: http://www.sndden.org

Sisters of Providence

Sisters of Providence

True to our founding principles, we put our faith in God’s Providence and our energies into works that include education, parish ministry, health care, community service and support, housing, prison ministry, pastoral care, spiritual direction, retreats and foreign missions.

In everything that we do, the love of Christ impels us to respond to the cry of the poor and the vulnerable with concrete action.

Mother Joseph Province
Sr. Karen Hawkins, SP
Email: vocations@providence.org
Website: www.sistersofprovidence.net

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity

Saint Francis of Assisi, who responded to a call from God by a radical following of the Gospel, greeted those he met with a wish for peace and all good. We, Sisters and Associates, wish you the same and offer a bouquet of tulips, a flower that reminds us of our origins in the south of The Netherlands.

Magdalen Damen, our Foundress, carried the Franciscan spirit into the turbulent world of her day. She was born in 1787, the daughter of simple tenant farmers. Against all odds, nearly fifty years later, she and four companions began a small Franciscan congregation that has spread from Europe to Southeast Asia, South and North America and East Africa.

In North America, in our own times, we follow the Gospel, living as sisters minor in the midst of God's people, witnessing hope to a struggling world.

Sisters of St. Francis
(650) 369-1725

Email: sprovincialsecretary@stfrancisprovince.org
Website: http://www.franciscanway.org/

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

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
Charism Promoter
6602 S Alaska St
Tacoma, WA 98406
253-475-5785
Email: cstill@osfphila.org
Website: www.osfphila.org

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

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
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Bellevue, WA
Vocation Director, Western Region
425-467-5402
Email: jmiller@csjp-olp.org
Website: www.csjp.org

Tacoma Dominican Sisters

Tacoma Dominican Sisters

It was in the autumn of 1888 that young Sister Thomasina and her two companions Sisters de Chantal and Aloysia, in their love for and commitment to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, arrived in Pomeroy, Washington, then known as the Northwest Territory.

In this vast area, she set about building and staffing schools to educate the children of poor European immigrants. In 1893 due to the large number of immigrants in the Seattle/Tacoma area, Sister Thomasina moved her small community to Tacoma, Washington to continue the ministry of educating youth. With her vision and zeal as well as her love and dedication to preaching the Good News through the ministry of education, many other young women were inspired to join her.

The motto of the Dominican Order is “Truth” and for Dominicans the pursuit of Truth is a means of committing their whole beings to the service of God’s people.

Today, the Tacoma Dominican Sisters continue the legacy not only of educating children of poor immigrants from around the world, but also have pledged themselves in their Mission Statement “…to collaborate in networks of spiritual, educational and political commitment to create a just society that addresses basic human needs and ends the violence that erodes our planet.”

We invite and welcome women who have come alive in the Word of God and who share out joy and energy for preaching the Good News of Jesus to God’s people everywhere. Come; create your future with us!

Sister Gretta Woodlock, OP
Tacoma Dominican Center
935 Fawcett Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 272-9688 Cell:(253) 579-4060

Email: gretta@tacomaop.org
Website: www.tacomaop.org/home-page

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