Who We Are

In order to know why you are doing anything you must first know who you are,
where you came from, and why you are doing it.

Our Identity

We Are Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, at the Service of God’s Mission.

“In response to the call of the Holy Spirit and the needs of peoples, Saint Arnold Janssen, together with Blessed Maria, Helena Stollenwerk, and Blessed Josepha, Hendrina Stenmans, founded our Congregation as a Religious-missionary community dedicated to the life-giving Spirit. Christ has called us to this Congregation. In the power of the Holy Spirit we follow him, praising the Father and bringing the fullness of life to others”. Prologue - Constitutions and Directory of the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit

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Our Roots

“Vivat Deus Unus et Trinus in Cordibus Nostris” – “May the holy Triune God live in our hearts and in the hearts of all people” -Arnold Janssen

In response to the call of the Holy Spirit and the needs of peoples where the services of women are crucial, on 08 December 1889 in Steyl in the Netherlands, Arnold Janssen, the Founder of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), together with Mother Maria, Helena Stollenwerk, and Mother Josepha, Hendrina Stenmanns, lays the foundation of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), as a religious-missionary community dedicated to the life-giving Spirit. In 1896 he establishes yet another congregation, Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP). Initially the two foundations for Sisters are one Congregation with two branches depending administratively and financially on the SVD.

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Our Mission

Our vision if mission is...

We, Holy Spirit Missionary Sister, are an international religious community rooted in Trinitarian Spirituality. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we, in collaboration with dedicated laity and clergy, live and proclaim the Gospel of God's love, justice and peace. In dialogue with peoples of diverse cultures and traditions, we minister and journey together promoting human dignity and life-giving relationships.

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“I desire nothing more than, with the grace of God to be the least and to offer myself as a sacrifice for the work of spreading the faith.”

Mother Josepha