​News & Events


November 23, 2020
HM Sisters Plan Virtual Advent Celebration to Share Spirit of the Season

Villa Maria, PA — Plan to join the Sisters of the Humility of Mary for a virtual celebration of Advent and the Christmas season as they share the spirit of Villa Maria with friends near and far.

Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (November 29), the online celebration—Sharing Our Hearts & Hope: An Advent & Christmas Journey—aims to capture the welcoming spirit of the annual Villa Maria Nativity Display in a virtual format.

Join the sisters and their extended community as they share reflections on the season and its symbols, poetry, music, memories of family traditions, photos, and more on the HM website and social media channels. A few livestream events are also planned, which will be announced later.

The online celebration will run through Epiphany (January 6, 2021) and feature new content each day.

Connect with the sisters through humilityofmary.org or follow them on Facebook or Instagram (@SistersofHM) and YouTube (@SistersHM) to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Search the hashtag #sharingourheartsandhope to find all the celebration content and share it to bring a little light to all hearts this Christmas season.

October 23, 2020
21st Villa Maria Harvest Day Goes Virtual

Villa Maria, PA – To prioritize the health and safety of the sisters and the public amid the pandemic, the 21st annual Villa Maria Harvest Day was celebrated virtually this year.

The virtual celebration premiered on the Sisters of the Humility of Mary YouTube channel on October 23, 2020. The pre-recorded program featured a conversation with Sr. Maryann Golonka and John Moreira, director of land management, about the farm and the history of Harvest Day. Special guests like Jot the Clown, VMESC, many Harvest Day Committee members, and sisters, staff, and apartment residents appeared to entertain, demonstrate fun activities, and offer happy harvest wishes to all.

Everyone is invited to share their favorite Harvest Day memories and pictures on social media using the hashtags #VillaMariaHarvestDay and #VillaMariaHarvestDayMemories.

The entire presentation can be viewed on the HM YouTube Page at https://youtu.be/z-LACJ_JPbE.

While they can’t celebrate in person this year, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary look forward to welcoming everyone back to the farm for Harvest Day 2021.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, “A Harvest of Hope,” please consider donating to a local food bank in your area if you are able.

Villa Maria is located 1 mile south of U.S. Route 422 on Evergreen Road (near the Ohio/Pennsylvania border), Villa Maria, Pa. 10 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio, and 11 miles west of New Castle, Pa.

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary is a community of women religious, whose motherhouse, Villa Maria Community Center, has been located in Villa Maria, Pa. since 1864. Their mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people, especially the poor, is carried out in multiple ways and through various sponsored ministries.


May 7, 2020
HM Sisters Find Ways to Stay Connected

Villa Maria, PA — The Sisters of the Humility of Mary are finding new ways to stay connected to each other in these times of social distancing. On May 5, a group of 23 sisters from Cuyahoga, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties gathered at Villa Maria Community Center to put on a parade for the Villa resident sisters who have been in lockdown since March 12. The group’s goal was to let the Villa sisters, staff, and apartment residents know that they were thinking of them.

Fourteen cars were decorated with handmade signs, balloons, and chalk paint expressing well wishes and messages of love and encouragement. An impromptu rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” was led by Sr. Laurel Smith when the parade stopped for a short time to allow the participants to get out of their cars but maintain a safe social distance.

“The idea emerged when Sisters Anne [Victory], Carolyn [Marshall], and I were talking to a sister from another community who shared that their sisters had done it for those at their motherhouse,” said Sr. Mary Pat Cook, who organized the surprise parade. “We have also seen many news stories of car parades for birthdays, graduations, and other celebrations and thought it would be a fun idea.”

Sr. Mary Pat said the planning for the parade started around 10 days ago. After contacting a few people at the Villa to see if the idea would be feasible, the date was set for May 5 and the word was spread to other sisters to see if they were able to participate.

The Villa sisters, staff, and apartment residents were all appreciative of the parade and enjoyed the surprise. Many said it meant a lot to them and made their day.

“I think the sisters who participated enjoyed it as much as the Villa sisters. It was good to see people in person,” said Sr. Mary Pat.

Woman holding a sign that says we love you

October 13, 2017
HM Housing Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Congratulations to Humility of Mary Housing on celebrating its 30th anniversary on October 5. Over 100 people gathered to celebrate both the milestone for this important ministry and Sr. Loretta Rafter, HM, who began it in 1987.

Sr. Loretta founded Humility of Mary Life Opportunity Services to meet the needs of homeless, single parent families in the Akron, Ohio, area. A year later, the ministry was expanded and renamed Humility of Mary Housing in order to better support other areas of housing need.

Sr. Loretta served as president and CEO of HMLOS during its first 16 years, from 1987 to 2003.

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August 16, 2017
Sister Responds to Call to Share Her Voice

An intriguing premise and a chance to share her experiences led Sr. Eilis McCulloh to join a global panel of sisters participating in a new monthly series from Global Sisters Report. Global Sisters Report is an independent news publication whose mission is to “report on and give voice to women religious around the world.”

The Life, which features short reflections around a specific topic from members of the panel, launched recently on the Global Sisters Report website.

Sr. Eilis had heard about the opportunity through Giving Voice, a peer led organization for younger women religious to which she belongs.

“I was intrigued by the description and the opportunity to join with other religious from around the world,” Sr. Eilis said. “I strongly believe that it is important for younger religious (who are members of Giving Voice) to share our own unique experiences of religious life with our communities and with the world at large.”

Click on either of the links below to learn more about this new series: the first link explains the purpose of the series and introduces the panelists, and the second link is where you can access all the stories in the series as they become available.



Sister Eilis McCulloh

May 30, 2017
New Leadership Team Elected.

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary elected new leadership during their recent Chapter of Elections. Sr. Toby Lardie was elected to serve a second four-year term as Pastoral Leader. Sisters Karen Bernhardt, Margaret Marszal, Carol Anne Smith, and Barbara Wincik were elected to serve as councilors. The new Leadership Team will be installed in August at the HM Community's annual Community Days and Missioning.

Leadership Team Group Picture

L to R: Sr. Barbara Wincik, Sr. Carol Anne Smith, Sr. Toby Lardie, Sr. Karen Bernhardt, Sr. Margaret Marszal

Be a Villa Volunteer


Looking for a way to make a difference and have fun while doing it? Consider the many volunteer opportunities that abound in service of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary on the picturesque Villa Maria Community Center campus in Villa Maria, Pa. Open to anyone 21 and older, areas in need of service include:

Special Events • The Farm • Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center • Other Departments/Areas as needed

For more information, call 724-964-8920, ext. 3274.