Sisters of Mary

The Sisters of Mary consist of more than 200 Sisters who manage the relief projects in the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil free of charge. In each country the Sisters work to not only give children a safe roof over their heads, food, and education, but also prepare them in their culture and environment for a better future in their own country.

Monsignor Aloysius Schwartz, a missionary priest who dedicated his life to helping poor children, founded the Sisters of Mary on August 15, 1964 to serve the poorest of the poor.

The motto of the Sisters is “Let us serve the Lord with joy!”


Just the other day, Sister Tess told me about finding a beautiful little girl – living in the Payatas garbage dump in the Philippines. Already she has known more sorrow and fear and hunger than you can imagine.

The Sisters of Mary take five vows, in honor of the five wounds of Christ. They are poverty, chastity, obedience, service of the poor, and three hours of daily prayer. The vows are taken for one year and renewed each year at an annual retreat.

The Sisters also received the 2004 Ho-Am Prize for Community Service on June 1, 2004 at an award ceremony in Seoul, Korea.

Please click here to see a copy of the Ho-Am Prize for Community Service Certificate, which the Sisters received.

The Sisters of Mary are an official religious order by decree of the Catholic Church.


It is so heartbreaking to go to a place like the garbage dump in Payatas, because we could build a whole Children’s Village there and still not have enough room for all of the children who so desperately need our help.