Sisters of Social Service


We Sisters of Social Service are women of many cultures who come together to fulfill the Gospel call to care for the poor and alienated. The right of all people to live in dignity is at the heart of our work and of our religious faith.

Our lives are blessed by the Benedictine values that respect all people and things, cherish the familial warmth of community, make welcome the stranger, and find joy in work and renewal in prayer.

We trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we continue to embark on new ventures in service to people in need.

Associates of the Sisters of Social Service are persons who feel a special identity with the spirit and mission of the Community and with their lives express the purpose and the goals for which the Sisters of Social Service was founded.

Celebration in Mexico!
Sr. Maria Teresa Velazquez (left, sitting) and Sr. Teresita Saavedra (right), both Sisters of Social Service, celebrated their 50 year anniversary of service within the Community. They are pictured here with Sr. Michele Walsh, General Director, after the mass in Morelia where Sr. Maria Isabel Garcia Rodriguez, SSS, also renewed her promises. Please see our upcoming e-news for more photos and details of the ceremony.

May 3, 2016 - To honor Sr. Jeanne Felion, SSS, and her 40 years with Stanford Settlement, click on the link to read about the special event happening in Sacramento - and virtually!

SSS E-news
  • The quiet and hope of Advent - December 2015
  • Reaching Across the Globe - October 2015

    Social Impact Newsletter
  • Past newsletters and E-News


    Help Syrian children and families. In this Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, be compassionate - give so others can live in dignity. Click here to help Syrian children from war-torn areas in our joint project with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

    Pentecost 2016 - Sunday May 15
    2pm Liturgy
    Holy Spirit Retreat Center
    Click here for the invitation.

    This Year's Celebrants:
    Final Vows
    Sister Vangie Lasao, SSS
    (June 18 in Philippines)

    Commitment of Promises
    Sister Carmela Lacayo, SSS

    60 Years of Commitment
    Sister Annamaria Rebus, SSS
    Sister Esther Lerch, SSS
    Sister Marianna Halsmer, SSS
    Sister Mary Anne Bonpane, SSS
    Sister Paula Vandegaer, SSS
    Sister Rachel Shepard, SSS

    See Events for more event information.


    Sisters of Social Service
    4316 Lanai Road, Encino, California 91436
    TEL 818-285-3355 - FAX 818-285-3366