Sisters of Mary

Serving the Lord with Joy!


Founder: Venerable Aloysius Philip Schwartz (1920-1992)

Founded on: August 15, 1964

Officially decreed as a Diocesan Religious Congregation on : March 2, 1993

Declared as Religious Institute of Pontifical Right: March 2, 2000

Headquarters: Sisters of Mary of Banneux, Inc., Biga, Silang, Philippines

Let Us Serve the Lord with Joy!

The Sisters of Mary are a religious congregation of more than 400 Sisters who operate our charitable programs in the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras, and Tanzania. 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 — at no charge to their families.

In addition to taking care of more than 20,000 poor children each year, the Sisters also maintain homes, hospitals, schools, and vocational training programs.

The pillars of formation for children in the care of the Sisters are the same as those instituted by the founder, Fr. Al, many years ago: Study, Play, Work, and Pray. Under the care of the Sisters of Mary, the children enjoy a Christian education and see in them a convincing model of this education. The Sisters and their great dedication continue to inspire the children they care for to lead virtuous lives in service to others.

The motto of the Sisters is ‘Let us serve the Lord with joy!’

“It is not enough to give the poor food and clothing. They need education that gives them the skills to build a dignified existence for themselves.”

– Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, Founder

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.