How an Article Lead to the Creation of the Sisters Of Life

The Sisters O fLife are a religious order of women who simply love love. They see the good and beauty in every person, and know he or she was created in God’s image and likeness, and give their lives for that fact. 

Cardinal John O’Connor, a Navy Chaplain and later Archbishop of New York, visited the Dachau concentration camp in 1975. Profoundly moved by the devastation and complete disregard for human life seen at this site during World War II, he made a promise to protect human life at all costs, which soon inspired him to preach, advocate and work with others to “restore a sense of the dignity of human life.”

He turned to prayer, reflected on the life of Christ, and eventually placed an article in a New York Catholic paper with the headline: “Help Wanted: Sisters of Life.” In this article he wrote of his vision of a religious community of women committed to giving themselves over to the protection, and enhancement of every single human life. This article would go on to be reprinted in papers throughout the nation, with an overwhelming response.

On June 1, 1991, eight women gathered in New York to officially form the community of the Sisters of Life. This religious community has grown tremendously, both here in the United States and across the globe. 

The Sisters of Life see the beauty and grace in each human life, and set out to help others see life’s deeper meaning and purpose. They exist to help the vulnerable and troubled in need of seeing their own worth. The Sisters of Life live together, having made vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in order to be free and love others, and commit to the mission of Jesus. The Sisters of Life are among many religious orders young women interested in vocations might find appealing. For a woman who loves others and the sanctity of life, and wants to help others realize this notion, the Sisters of Life opens their loving arms.