Where We Minister
The Sisters of St. Casimir sponsor three institutions and various ministries in the Chicagoland area and in Holland, PA. We also have two missions in Argentina.
Maria is a college preparatory Catholic High School for young women, located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. The Sisters of St. Casimir have sponsored Maria since it first opened its doors as St. Casimir Academy in 1911. Since then, Maria has educated thousands of young women who have gone on to make a difference in their families, neighborhoods, churches, and world.
At Maria, young women find many opportunities to develop their self-confidence, leadership skills, prepare for college, express themselves, and make an impact in the school as well as in the wider community. Maria is small enough that students can receive individual attention while receiving a broad range of opportunities and courses offered by larger schools. Maria women make a difference in the world!
Founded by the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1927, Holy Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit neighborhood health system serving residents of Illinois in Chicago’s southwest neighborhoods and suburbs.
On January 16, 2013, Holy Cross Hospital was welcomed into the Sinai Health System. Sinai was chosen as the organization that was most closely aligned with the mission of Holy Cross, which is to provide quality health care for persons of all races, creeds, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Holy Cross Hospital is committed to providing a full spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and rehabilitation services consistent with its role as a community hospital. These services are provided with care, compassion and competence to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of its patients and community.
The Sisters of St. Casimir founded Villa Joseph Marie High School in 1932. This private Catholic college-preparatory school for young women is located on fifty-five wooded acres in suburban Holland, PA. The school excels in academics and the Fine Arts, and has also shown itself to be a nation-wide champion in athletics.
Villa Joseph Marie defines itself by the special charism of its foundress, Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, and by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Modeling Venerable Mother Maria’s belief in a life of faith, love, and service, the dedicated faculty encourages and celebrates the dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each student. A Villa graduate is a Christ-like woman committed to a life of faith and service, a lifelong learner, and an empowered global citizen.
In October 1941, the Sisters of St. Casimir arrived in Argentina, thus fulfilling a dream of our foundress, Venerable Mother Maria, who had died the year before. Today the Sisters maintain a presence in Cordoba and Avellaneda.
In Cordoba, one of our Sisters teaches in the parish elementary school, one trains cateachists, provides pastoral support in the parish, and works with the women in the villa (barrios) on the outskirts of the city, helping to provide cultural experiences for them, and the other Sister tutors within the neighborhood and in an orphanage. All three of the Sisters are active members of the local parish.
In Avellaneda (near Buenos Aires), the Sisters’ love and dedication have given rise to a strong Associate program where the people pray with the Sisters and assist them in ministry on a regular basis. One of the Sisters ministers within the villa, training catechists, assisting with a candle-making enterprise, and providing direct assistance to the people within the villa, another Sister provides music ministry within the parish, tutors local elementary school students, and is actively involved with religious within the diocese, and a third Sister is a psychologist and active member of the parish.