Who We Are
The Sisters of Saint Casimir of Chicago, founded in 1907 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a Congregation of women religious dedicated to offering the hope and joy of a deep faith life to our present world.
Strengthened by our life of prayer and supported by our Sisters in Community, we journey toward the Gospel vision of a peaceful, loving, and just world by serving in the United States and in Argentina, South America.
We live our mission by engaging in education, health care and other ministries which reflect the spirit and faith-filled vision of our foundress, Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas.
OUR CORE VALUES
We, Sisters of St. Casimir, as vowed women religious, center our lives on the Gospel message of Jesus and His mission. In joy and hope we embrace these core values that sustain us on our journey as a community of prayer and loving service.
We value Jesus as the center of our life,
seeking to grow in unconditional love through Eucharist and prayer.
We value a joy-filled community of love and care, calling us to mission.
We value our witness to the Gospel, nurturing faith in the spirit of Mother Maria
We value our resources, both human and material,
as God’s gifts, striving to be wise and prudent stewards.
To this end we aspire to live these values in the spiritual legacy given to us by our foundress, Servant of God Maria Kaupas, whose deep love for the Eucharist and zeal in fostering the faith life of others continue to inspire us.
THE SISTERS OF ST. CASIMIR SEAL: Lily, Sword, and Crown
The Congregation’s seal – the lily, sword and crown – was designed by Bishop Shanahan of Harrisburg, PA in 1908. At Christmas of that year he sent a box of stationery as his Christmas gift to Mother Maria and the Sisters teaching at Holy Cross School in Mt. Carmel, PA. Embossed on the stationery was the beautiful symbol that has remained with the Sisters to this day.
The Bishop wrote: “The seal is of my own designing. The crown represents St. Casimir’s rank – he belonged to the royal family; the sword shows his calling – he was a soldier; the lily indicates his love for holy purity – it was his distinguishing characterisitc, his chosen virtue.”
For the Sisters, paralleting that symbolism -
symbolizes the struggle against self-centeredness
symbolizes the gift promised by Jesus to those who are faithful