The USA Unit of the family of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (SMIC) has been in existence from the arrival of our foundress, Elizabeth Tombrock / Mother Immaculada to the USA in 1922. Arriving from the mission foundation in Brazil to seek financial aid for the SMIC missions, Mother Immaculada remained here because of a fall causing permanent paralysis until her death in 1938 at St. Bonaventure, Allegany, N.Y. Thus the Generalate headquarters of the Congregation was established in the USA and remains here until this day in Woodland Park, New Jersey.
The US Sisters have served in a diversity of ministries throughout these years including pastoral service, social work, nursing, education with a presence among the Native American, Mexican-American, Afro American populations as well as serving other diverse ethnicities that make up the US.
Today, there are 20 US Sisters, two of whom are originally from Germany. Because of advanced years ministries continue through presence and prayer as the call to respond to Gospel life remains at the heart of our vocation.
We are presently located in New Jersey - 16, Maine - 2, Texas - 2.
National Catholic sisters Week
March 8-14 is National Catholic Sister's Week. Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, and offer hope.
But for one week, the Church shines the spotlight on women religious to thank them for all they do for our Church and world. St. Mary's is proud to have sisters from several religious communities among our parishioners ... and one week to celebrate their good works is not enough! Each week for the month of March, we will highlight one of these congregations in the vestibule in the rear of the Church. Please stop by to find out more information about the history and charism of the Catholic sisters who live out the Gospel.
This week, we celebrate the Missionary Sisters of the of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.
The roots of the mission and spirit of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, a religious institute founded along the Amazon in Brazil, and dedicated to apostolic works and to the evangelical ideal of St. Francis, are grounded in the mission of Jesus, who was anointed by the Spirit and was sent by the Father. This mission and spirit was made concrete in Marian-Franciscan spirituality and in the charism of our Founders, Bishop Amandus Bahlmann and Mother Immaculata (Elisabeth) Tombrock. Spreading throughout the world, these enduring roots continue to nourish the life of our Congregation and give form and direction to our mission.
Heritage Display of SMIC sisters