As contemplatives in action, we don’t just pray for social justice and for peace – we make it our life’s work. We are an international congregation of Catholic sisters working to ease the suffering of those most in need. We use our unique gifts and follow different paths to answer the same call – we are responding to a common mission to help in all manner of good. Founded in 1856 by Eugenie Smet of Lille, France, we truly are – as our foundress Mary of Province intended – Helpers for the whole world.
The Society of Helpers are progressive, open to the demands of an ever-changing, globalized world and we work with people where they are, as they are, moving toward a better future. Through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and an Ignatian spirituality that recognizes God in all things, we focus our time, effort and talents on doing God’s work.
The U.S. Province headquarters are in Chicago, leading communities located in California, Missouri and New York. With a presence in 22 countries around the world, the Society of Helpers continue to demonstrate Mary of Providence’s desire to live in awareness of the dynamic presence of God in our world while serving those most in need.
Our Core Values … Community, Mission, Social Justice, Independence & Ignatian Spirituality