Welcome to our Home in Villa Maria, Pa.
We are a group of women religious dedicated to works of peacemaking, justice and care for Earth through education, health care, social service and pastoral ministry. We currently serve in Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and Haiti.
We share in Jesus’ mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people, especially to those who are poor, by announcing the liberating message of the gospel and by the witness of your lives. -HM Constitutions No. 3
Harvest Day: Plan now to attend this 15th annual event to honor the agricultural heritage of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. Get all the details on the Events page at left.
Nativity Display: Save the dates for this annual Advent tradition featuring hundreds of nativities from around the world. Get all the details on the Events page at left.
Making a World of Difference: An August 21 missioning ceremony marked the start of a life-changing experience for 12 Humility of Mary Volunteer Service program participants as they began their year-long commitment working to bring life-giving service and love to migrants and immigrants, as well as ministries in education and legal aid at service sites in Cleveland; Immokalee and Miami, Fla.; and Villa Maria Community Center. The volunteers also benefit from special contact with the HM sisters, associates and partners in ministry. Pictured (front row from left) are: Marjorie Pritchard, Valerie Carrera, Devan Stonebraker, Becky Seipel and Kay Scott; (second row from left) Elizabeth Juarez, David Gisoni, Beth Bartlett, Julie Benedetto, Kayla Shelley, Colin Frank, and Sr. Mary Stanco, program coordinator. Missing from photo: Carrie Vollentine.
Sisters say No to Fracking: The Sisters of the Humility of Mary and other landowners around them have been steadfast in their opposition to fracking. Most recently, they are adamantly trying to prevent Hilcorp Energy from proceeding with forced pooling that would enable drilling for mineral resources from land of those who refused to lease to them. Please click on the PDF below to view the brochure that outlines the reasons why the Sisters are against fracking on this sacred land that was entrusted to them 150 years ago. See also the very insightful reflection from Margaret Swedish, Community Days presenter, (NEWS page at left) on fracking and the industrial culture threatening the Earth.
Reflection from Anniversary Celebration at Villa Maria: Click on the PDF below to enjoy the reflection presented by Sr. Mary Pat Cook during the July 20 Liturgy in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in the United States.
Celebrating Sisters: This year, the Sisters of the Humility celebrate the blessings of the events of 1864, which brought the first sisters from France to America to embark on ministries that have touched countless lives. One of the regional celebrations to honor this 150th anniversary was held July 20, 2014, at Villa Maria. You can enjoy photos from the day by clicking on Photo Gallery at left.
And the Award Goes to. Enjoy the link below to the video tribute created in honor of Sr. Stella Schmid as she was presented with the HMHP Development Foundation's Heart of the Mission Award.
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Signs of the Times. Visitors to the Villa Maria Community Center Campus can't help but notice the gorgeous 150th Anniversary banners gracing the poles at both entrances. The banners and upcoming celebrations help us remember and honor the sacrifice and bravery of the early sisters who left France to come to America to continue their mission of bringing abundant life to those around them.
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