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Pray for the intercession of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz 

Almighty, ever-living God, giver of all good gifts, You have filled Father Al with an ardent love for You and for souls. You have inspired him to dedicate his life to relieve the suffering of the orphans, abandoned, the sick and the poor, especially the youth, which he did with all humility and courage until the end of his life. May his holy life of love and service to the poor be recognized by the Church through his beatification and canonization. For your honor and glory, we pray that the life of Father Al be an inspiration for us in striving for perfection in the love of God and service to others.

(Tell God, through Father Al, the favor that you request)

I ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, and the maternal aid of Mary, the Virgin of the Poor. Amen

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…

September 18, 1930 - Birth of Aloysius Schwartz

Father Al was born in Washington, D.C. He was the son of Louis F. Schwartz and Cedelia A. Bourassa.

June 29, 1957 - Ordination to Priesthood

Father Al was ordained a diocesan priest in St. Martin’s Church, Washington, D.C. by Bishop McNamara, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.

December 8, 1957 - Father Al arrives in South Korea

Upon his arrival, Fr. Al was incardinated in the Diocese of Busan, South Korea.

August 15, 1964 - The Sisters of Mary are founded

Originally called the Mariahwe Sisters, a religious group now numbering over 370 Sisters working in South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, and Honduras.

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Father Al diagnosed with ALS

During a visit to the US, Father Al is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

March 16, 1992 - Father Al dies of ALS

Before he passed away, Father Al named Sister Michaela Kim of the Sisters of Mary as his successor.

December 10, 2003 - Cause for beatification & canonization is opened

The Archdiocesan Process for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Al was formally opened at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.

January 22, 2015 - Father Al is named Venerable

Pope Francis authorized the Congregation of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtue of Aloysius Schwartz, thus giving him the title of “Venerable”.

Learn more about the children

The children at our schools come from the poorest of the poor. Each child has their own stories of what their life was before coming to our schools and how their lives are being transformed by the Sisters of Mary programs.  Read the moving stories of our children in their own words. 

Meet Our Graduates

There are 160,000+  graduates from the Sisters of Mary Schools. Many of our graduates went on to live prosperous lives, helping their families and local communities. Read the inspiring stories of our graduates in their own words. 

Life At Our Villages

Learn more about how we help children break free from a life of poverty.