In 1932, Mother Paula Cordero and several other Daughters of St. Paul from Italy arrived in New York to plant our congregation on American soil. It was the middle of the Depression and they had a quarter in their pockets. From these humble beginnings the Daughters of St. Paul have spread throughout the U.S. and English-speaking Canada, remaining steadfast in their commitment to evangelization in the Church, spreading the Gospel through the means of social communication, that all might discover hope today.
Theirs is a life of prayer. A life of purpose. A life in community. A life of service. God is blessing the Daughters of St. Paul with new life: expansion of the mission, growth in joyful communion, and the gift of new members.
How You Can Help
You can join them in a deeper partnership in the very life and mission of the community by sponsoring the religious formation of a new sister, helping to support one of the elder sisters, or contributing to the financial support that makes the advancement of their mission possible.
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A life called. A life well-lived. Communicating God’s Love through all forms of media.
Lasting values, renewed hope, inspired lives – a gift that lasts a lifetime.
“Who ensures this gift of Hope continues?”
The answer is simple: YOU
September 27, 2015 - Come and join us for our Annual Benefit Dinner in St. Louis, MO for a festive and delightful evening as we honor this year's recipients of the St. Paul Man & Woman of the Year Award, and the Mother Paula Cordero Memorial of Gratitude Award.
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Gift planning through vehicles such as wills, trusts and insurance policies gives you an opportunity to provide future support for the Daughters of St. Paul as well as provide yourself with opportunities for short and long term tax benefits.
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As Daughters of the great Apostle St. Paul, we live in gratitude for the generous gifts of our benefactors through which we are able to fulfill our vocation in the Church as apostles within the culture of communication, announcing the message of Jesus Christ through the media.
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Who are the Daughters of St. Paul?
The Daughters of St. Paul are a community of vowed women religious who dedicate their lives to sharing the mystery of Christ’s love with the people of today through the media. God has chosen, called, and consecrated each Daughter of St. Paul to himself so that he might send her to proclaim...
How often can you see your family?
Postulants usually spend three weeks each summer at home with their families. Professed sisters have two weeks of vacation each year, in addition to a week of retreat (usually made together at our St. Thecla retreat house near Boston). Many sisters spend their vacation time at home with their...
How do you know you are called to become a sister?
God works individually with each one of us, so every sister would probably answer this question differently. If you asked a happily married couple: “How did you know it was him?”, or “How did you know it was her?”, no two answers would be exactly the same. Each sister’s vocation story is also...
How much do you pray every day?
Our prayer life is the source of our energy and joy. We gather daily for morning and evening prayer, and we start each morning with a half hour meditation on the Word of God. Scripture is the privileged source of all our prayer and like Mary, the first disciple of Jesus, we ponder God’s Word...
What do you do for fun?
The communities of the Daughters of St. Paul are very joyful places, and we have fun in many different ways. We enjoy each other’s presence at meals each day, but our interests and hobbies vary widely: from watching movies to sketching, from basketball to board-games, from playing musical...
What's a typical day like for a Daughter of St. Paul?
There is no typical day for a Daughter of St. Paul—it depends on the needs of the mission, the situations of each community, and the sister’s apostolic responsibilities. However, every day for a Daughter of St. Paul usually includes: early rising, a half-hour meditation, morning prayer, evening...
What vows do the Daughters of St. Paul make and what is uniquely Pauline about how they're lived?
The Daughters of St. Paul live the evangelical counsels, or vows, of chastity, poverty, and obedience in a way that transforms our ordinary communication to become always more a communication of love...
What makes the Daughters of St. Paul unique from other communities?
Each religious congregation has a unique identity that is formed by its founders, its history, its charism (spirituality and mission), and its members. The life of a Daughter of St. Paul is distinctive in several ways...
Do Daughters of St. Paul all work in one type of ministry, or can they do different things?
As a Daughter of St. Paul, communication is not just something we do, it is who we are. How we each carry out our mission as communicators of Christ varies widely, depending on the needs of the people we serve and the...
What should I do if I am interested in becoming a Daughter of St. Paul?
The first thing to do is to inquire. Contact the vocation director by phone, e-mail or mail. You might find it helpful to set up a time to talk in person or on the phone. In your conversation, the vocation director will provide you with information that will help you in your discernment...
How long does it take to become a sister?
Generally, we know a young woman at least a year before her entrance, so that the young woman can freely discern how God is calling her. During this time of discernment, the young woman and the vocation director are in frequent contact, and the young woman usually visits our community...