Sisters of the Humility of Mary


Sisters of the Humility of Mary Join Call for an End to Racism and Violence

June 2, 2020, Villa Maria, PA — We, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, unite our voices, hearts and prayers with the many groups and organizations that are speaking out against the racism and violence directed to people of color in our own cities and country. 

“I can’t breathe.”

We, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, are deeply outraged by the continual violence against people of color in our country.

We are united in grief over the senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others.

We stand in solidarity with our Black sisters and brothers in demanding justice and join our voices in calling for an end to racism in all forms.

We acknowledge our own responsibility for the evil of racism. We ask forgiveness for our failures in awareness and in speaking out more effectively against this evil.

We pray that our hearts may be opened to hear the cries of our black sisters and brothers, that we find the strength and courage to respond to their call and find ways to create space for everyone to breathe.

We commit ourselves to do our part in bringing about more abundant life by holding each other accountable and rooting out systemic racial injustices as we share the love of Jesus through the message of the Gospel and the witness of our lives.

Anti-Racism prayer

Coronavirus Precautions Implemented at Villa Maria Community Center

The HM Leadership Team has been closely monitoring the information about COVID-19 and has decided to implement precautionary measures at Villa Maria Community Center as suggested by the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local agencies.

To that effect, the Villa Maria Campus will be closed to all guests until further notice in order to protect the health and well-being of our sister residents. Included in the closure are all areas of the main building: Magnificat Chapel, the sisters’ living spaces, the dining room, meeting rooms, and the swimming pool. Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (VMESC), located on the Villa Maria Campus, has also cancelled all programs, retreats, and hosted groups through mid-July.

This closure was effective March 12, 2020.

There are no current cases of COVID-19 at the Villa.

We appreciate your kind understanding and your help in keeping our sisters healthy, and we hope to see you back at the Villa once the risks have passed.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


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 our lives.

- HM Constitutions No. 3

sisters at work

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, Nebraska, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Haiti.

Latest News

June 3, 2020
Villa Maria Farm Greenhouse Closed for Season.
The Villa Maria Farm Greenhouse is now closed for the season. Thank you for your patronage!


May 21, 2020Summer 2020 Voice Cover
Summer 2020 HM Voice.
The latest issue of the HM Voice is now available online. Read it on our Publications page or by clicking on the cover photo.








May 7, 2020
HM Sisters Stay Connected Despite Social Distancing.
Twenty-three HM Sisters from Cuyahoga, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties staged a surprise parade on May 5 for the Villa Sister Residents who have been in lockdown since March 12. Read about it on our News & Events page and visit our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more pictures!


April 24, 2020
Villa Maria Farm Greenhouse Opens.
The Greenhouse will open for the spring greenhouse season on Monday, April 27. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to see what is currently available for purchase. Due to COVID-19, Pennsylvania now requires wearing face masks in public, which includes greenhouses. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be able to enter the Greenhouse. Please also observe proper social distancing protocols while in the Greenhouse. You can contact John for more information at 724-964-8920 x3385 or jmoreira@humilityofmary.org.

Latest Issue of Milestones Now Available. The latest issue of our Milestones newsletter is now available online. Please visit our Publications page to read it!


March 19, 2020Sr. Julie Demchak
In Memoriam.
Sr. Julie Demchak entered eternal life on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Visit our In Memoriam page to read her tribute. Due to the current situation regarding gatherings in church, her burial has taken place in the Sisters’ Cemetery at Villa Maria. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.