Diocese of Springfield - Women's Communities

Daughters of the Heart of Mary : Twenty-first century ecclesial women of many nations and cultures alive with the gifts of the Spirit. Following the example of the original Christian communities, our spirituality is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is exemplified in lives and ministries strengthened by communal prayer and spiritual sharing.


Daughters of the Holy Spirit: Rooted in a vital Trinitarian spirituality, we are called, like Mary, to reverence in a special way the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in ourselves, in others and in all creation. Living in the Spirit of Pentecost, we continue the mission of the Risen Christ through our simple presence, humble gestures and collaborative efforts. Together we are sent forth in Gospel boldness to witness God’s tender love for all, especially the least favored, “that all may have life and have it to the full.”


Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception: To bring the loving and healing presence of Christ into our world with the gentle courage and faithful commitment of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Daughters of Mary Immaculate of Guadalupe: ServeasApostlesof Jesus Christ, focusing onthe evangelizing work ofthe Church, bringing people to know andlove Jesus Christ, through the ministries of community service, education, health care and missions.


Dominican Nuns: Rooted in the spirituality of St. Dominic, this community lives their contemplative vocation by a life of adoration, thanksgiving and intercessory prayer.

Felician Sisters: aspire to live their spiritual heritage by embracing the charism of Blessed Mary Angela and to walk in the Franciscan tradition so loved by her: to live the Gospel in justice and in truth, to radiate joy as they live in poverty and simplicity, to become transformed into Christ through contemplation and personal conversion, to persevere in penance as they journey in faith and to share our diverse gifts with each other in community and with their sisters and brothers.


Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi: Wherever they are, they try to make St. Francis of Assisi’s wonderful charism present in today’s world, just like Mother Angela tried to do. In prayer and action, from their contemplation of the face of the Glorious Crucified Christ in San Damiano to the practice of the works of mercy, they are “restoring” life wherever it is threatened or wounded, bringing hope wherever human violence and oppression has suffocated the dignity of men and women, being instruments of peace, dialog, communion and universal fraternity.

Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York: embrace a stance of cordial welcoming, attentive listening, and dialogue as we respond to the signs of the times, through the lens of their Franciscan charism and spirituality.

Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph: witness the Gospel in joy and peace, committed to prayer, service, and care for all creation.


Little Sisters of St. Francis: a Catholic Franciscan contemplative community. As contemplatives, their daily life is primarily one of prayer rooted in, and flowing from, the Blessed Sacrament. They are a Eucharistic and Marian centered community. Living a full contemplative life but not cloistered, they live our Franciscan life among God’s people and are available to their needs.


Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo-Scalabrinians: The specific mission of the Congregation is evangelical and missionary service to the migrants and refugees, especially the poor and those in need.


Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa : their charism is at the service of the peoples of Africa wherever they may be.


Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Eucharist: Through our works and our life of prayer and contemplation, we witness to God’s unfathomable, merciful love.


Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary: a contemplative order in the Church, founded by Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal “to give to God daughters of prayer, and souls so interior” that they may be found worthy to adore God in spirit and in truth.”

School Sisters of Notre Dame: directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. As He was sent to show the Father’s love to the world, they are sent to make Christ visible by our very being, by sharing their love, faith, and hope. http://ssnd.org/

School Sisters of St. Francis: live the Good News of Jesus and witness to the presence of God as they enter into the lives and needs of people around the world, especially those who are poor. They strive to be a source of new life, new meaning and new hope.


Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur: women with hearts as wide as the world, they make known God’s goodness and love of the poor through a Gospel way of life, community and prayer. Continuing a strong educational tradition, they take a stand with poor people, especially women and children, in the most abandoned places.

Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker: have as their special purpose the worship of God, with a special devotion to the Holy Eucharist, and the sanctification of each member through total consecration to God by means of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience. They daily strive to live our charism of simplicity, self-sacrifice, charity, and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church.

Sisters of Providence: a community of women called to reveal the loving care of Providence through tender and compassionate ministries of hope and healing.

Sisters of St. Anne: rooted in the Ignatian tradition of discernment: in a meditative stance, they visualize themselves in a gospel context and pray for direction. Fueled by the desire to build a more just and caring world, they seek the will of God by hearing, choosing, and engaging in meaningful action.

Sisters of St. Joseph: A congregation of women wholive and work that all people may be united with God and with one another. Rooted in the mission of Jesus, the same mission which continually unfolds in the church:That all may be one, as You, Father, are in me, and I in You: I pray that they may be one in us. (John 17:21) Aware that Jesus enters this world to give witness to the truth,to serve,and to give His life for the redemption of all people, they seek to advance the mission of Jesus under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery: embrace Gospel values and strive to bring about unity in our world. They work for justice as a healing presence, reaching out in service to all people, especially those in greatest need. They build relationships among themselves and with others in a spirit of joy, simplicity and hospitality.

Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Sisters of the Presentation of Mary: ministering to the needs of those in all walks of life, they remain grounded in their first ministry: education. Their education ministry has grown from primary and secondary schools to include colleges, parishes, ESL classes, hospitals, seminars and other venues where education is a key component.