Daughters of St. Mary of Providence


4200 North Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

Main Number: 773-545-8300


Community Information

Provincial Superior:  Sister Rita Butler, D.S.M.P

Vocation Director:  Sister Beth Ann Dillion, D.S.M.P.
Vocation Phone:  773-545-8300


The Religious Congregation of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, sometimes referred to as Guanellians, was founded in 1881 by Blessed Aloysius Guanella. Impelled by the love of Christ, he spent his entire life and energies for the needy, the physically and mentally handicapped, orphans, and the aged, and founded two religious congregations to carry on his work - the Servants of Charity for priests and brothers and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. The Daughters of St. Mary of Providence live their special vocation, binding themselves to God with the three vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. Faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, the Sisters spread the "culture of charity" ministering to:

Physically and mentally handicapped adults 

Youth Ministry 

Religious Education 

Senior Citizens in Health Care Facilities/ Assisted Living Arrangements 

Low Income Housing 

Parish Groups in Religious Education Classes 

Soup Kitchen

At present, over 1,200 members are represented in fourteen countries around the world: Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Romania, India, Philippine Islands, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Canada and the United States. As a sign of their total consecration to Christ, the Sisters wear a simple, uniform habit with veil and a Crucifix.

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