Stories and News


“We seek God…rooted and grounded in charity, we work together for one thing: that God may be glorified in our life and in all our actions, and that we constantly be builders in the community to make it a stronger, holier body of souls united to God.”
Sister Frederica Horvath, Foundress, SSS of Los Angeles


16th General Chapter in Slovakia


The Chapter delegates from five countries and two continents, along with the rest of the Sisters of the Districts, prepared a year in advance, formulating together the important areas and issues to be addressed at the Chapter...

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Help us reach our goal of raising 950,000 by September 30!


Light-filled, longer days, along with the colorful sights and sounds of springtime, have brought renewed hope for our community as we slowly climb out of the lonely darkness of the last 14+ months of the pandemic...


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Spiritus Benefit 2021


What a fabulous and memorable day we had yesterday at the Social Service Auxiliary Spiritus Benefit! We are so grateful to our many donors and participants who tuned in to watch and support the Sisters! We are truly grateful to our energetic hosts,
Fr. Greg Goethals, Sr. Marcia Sims and Mr. Tom Recendez who kept us entertained and our bellies laughing 'til the very end. After all, isn't "that what friends are for?" (Watch the ending...)

And in case you missed the live-streamed mass and celebration, here is the link to watch! The Sisters of Social Service and the Social Service Auxiliary thank you again for your continued generous support of the ministries they serve together. Until next year!

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Cultivating Hope After a Year of Lockdown


The other day during an early morning traipse through the neighborhood, an unexpected thing happened to me. Within minutes of my adventure, a strange and overwhelming feeling of hope came over me, a feeling I was all too grateful to experience after a long year of feeling anxious and uncertain instead...

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The Feast of St. Patrick
March 17


March 17 is the Feast Day of Saint Patrick, one of the Church’s great evangelizing saints. Although he is the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain in the fifth century. When he was a teenager, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to...

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Our Black Sisters of Social Service…
How They Have Made History Being a Sister of Social Service


In a year that has been turbulent and taxing on all of us, inflicted with the painful maladies of mind, body and soul, it seems fitting that we turn our attention during Black History Month to the substantial, life-giving presence and activity our Black Sisters of Social Service have made throughout our long history...

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Sr. Eva Marie Lumas, SSS, Receives Honorary Award at Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast


On Saturday, January 16, Dr. Eva Marie Lumas, SSS, was the surprise Honoree at the AACCFE (African American Catholic Center for Evangelization) 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Each year, the AACCFE chooses a person to be honored and recognized as making outstanding contributions to the Church. Emceed by E. Desmond Taylor, Administrative Specialist to the Office of the Mayor, Houston, Texas, the Zoomed Prayer Breakfast included special guests Sr. Eva, the Most Reverend Fernand 3. Cheri, III O.F.M., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; and F. DeKarlos Blackmon, OblSB, Secretariat Director of Life, Charity and Justice, Diocese of Austin. The discussions centered around the theme of Black Lives Matter in the Catholic Church....

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Greetings from the ARC


Did you know that in the mid 1920s, Sr. Margaret Slachta spent time away from Hungary, traveling in the US and Canada? She was struck by the many public displays of Christmas trees and gatherings

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Sr. Sonia Delima, SSS, at Final First Year Orientation of SSS Associates in the Philippines


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Read an Update about Our Sisters Around the World


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Sr. Simone Campbell's Invocation
Democratic National Convention August 20, 2020


Tonight marks an important next chapter in our story of who we will become...

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"Our Stance of the Sin of Racism"

We, Sisters of Social Service are women of many cultures who come together to fulfill the Gospel...

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"I can't breathe because God can't breathe"

A reflection by Sr. Anne Arabome SSS, the associate director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University.

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Pentecost 2021


On May 23, many Sisters, family members and friends came together on Pentecost to bear witness to the significant anniversaries of some of our Sisters. These include Sisters Lois Davis, Joan Keltus, Patricia McGowan and Shaun Wise (50 years); Martha McCarthy (25 years), and Raquel Cruz, Lisa Lopez and Isabel Garcia Rodriguez who renewed temporary commitments.

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Federation News March - April 2021


“Hope is a duty, not a nicety. Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality. Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” Suenens.

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Federation News January - February 2021


Happy New Year everyone! Greetings from the Philippines Formation House Meet our aspirant Lita E. Ogale (or Lits), postulant Famela B. Tibayan (or Fam), and novice Princess Joy Dela Cerna (or Joy).

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From the ARC, by Sr. Marie Lindemann, SSS


Greetings! This last month I had the opportunity to work with Sr. Suzanne Simo, SSS and recover a piece of her history with our Sisters in Buffalo, N.Y. My journey began with a box of slides that were stored in the Archives marked BUFFALO on the outside. It was suggested I take them to the Villa and...

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In Memoriam – 2020


As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are reminded of the “rebirth” of our Sisters who have gone before us during 2020 into the welcoming arms of our Lord in heaven.

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Sister Marianna Beats Covid-19 and Celebrates her 101st Birthday! Happiest Birthday Wishes Marianna!

Important End-of-the-Year Tax-Saving and Giving Guidelines JUST for 2020


The end of the year is a time of reflection and anticipation for the new year ahead, and 2020 is no exception. It’s also a time of deadlines. Here are some important charitable considerations ahead of the last day of December. Thank you sincerely for your thoughtful consideration of the Sisters and our ministries during this holiday season.

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Lisa Lopez, SSS, Helping Victims of Human Rights Violations

Elizabeth Lopez’s cancer diagnosis was her wake-up call to do something more to help detained victims...


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On June 3, 2020 Villa Sisters joined with Angelinos in flashlight vigil remembering George Floyd a few days after his brutal killing by police.

SSS Goes Green
Donor Support Enables Us to Go Solar

We are happy to update you on the installation of solar panels at our Encino headquarters. After many months of delay, the system was finally activated December 3rd, 2019.

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ANIMA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION RESPONSE TO RACIAL INJUSTICE

The past two months have brought tragic reminders to all of us of just how far people of color stand outside the American ideal of equal rights, justice, and liberty for all. The televised police killings of so many African Americans shocked us out of our complacency and our deep denial about the state of civil and human rights among us. The humanity that was denied to each person during their violent deaths vividly showed us the truth of who really has power and privilege in this country.

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Our Response to the Pandemic

The Pandemic Relief Fund was formed in the summer of 2020 to help support the Sisters of Social Service during this time of great financial uncertainty, in order to help sustain the many ministries and life-giving needs of our Sisters.

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