Sisters of Saint Casimir

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The Sisters of Saint Casimir are a Roman Catholic religious community of women founded in 1907 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, by Mother Maria Kaupas. Mother Maria, a native of Lithuania, was found to have lived a life of heroic virtue by the Congregation of the Causes of Saints under Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Thursday, July 1, 2010.[1] The congregation's early work focused on Lithuanian immigrants in the United States.

The order operates in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., New Mexico and Argentina.

Some institutions sponsored by the order are Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pennsylvania, and Holy Cross Hospital and the former Maria High School, both in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago institutions as well as the Sisters of St. Casimir Motherhouse are located just east of Marquette Park in a neighborhood where numerous immigrants from Lithuania settled in the early years of the twentieth century.

Saint Casimir, or Saint Casimir Jagiellon (Polish: Kazimierz, Lithuanian: Kazimieras) (October 3, 1458 – March 4, 1484), was a royal prince of the Kingdom of Poland and of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania who became a patron saint of Lithuania, Poland, and the young.


  1. ^ Pope recognizes heroic virtues of founder of Chicago-based order by Sarah Delaney, Catholic News Service, July 1, 2010

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