We, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate, welcome you to our website!

It is our hope that in the cyber-time you spend with us you will taste and see some graces and challenges that the Holy Spirit has placed upon us.

Just as the Spirit hovered over the Pentecost believers, we, too, experience the refreshment and urgency for mission that bathed the early Church.

You will read the story of Margaret Mary Healy Murphy whose openness to God fashioned and continues to invigorate our Congregation. You will meet our sisters as we continue to share God’s lavish compassion with those whose human dignity has been denied.

We invite you to learn about us and to visit us as we endeavor each day to become the Congregation that Mother Margaret imagined.


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A New Leadership Team

In March, we elected a new “Leadership Team.” In a simple, prayerful ritual in the presence of family and friends they were installed on June 24 in the Motherhouse Chapel.

Left to right: Sister Bernie Barrett, Sister Katrina Ruane, Sister Geraldine Klein, Congregational Leader, Sister Veronica Cahill and Sister Loretta Armand

Read more about each member of the new leadership team on the Newsletter page.


Mother Margaret Healy Murphy

Margaret Mary Healy Murphy, the Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate, was an unusual woman. Born in Ireland in 1833, she emigrated with her father to escape the ravages of the famine in that country. After her father's death, she joined some relatives in Matamoros where she met John Bernard Murphy whom she married in 1849 at the age of 16.

Thirty-five years later, in July 1884, John Bernard Murphy, judge, member of Texas First Constitutional Convention, and the mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas, died.

How did the widow Margaret Mary Healy Murphy come to be the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate? Here's the rest of the story.


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Thank you so much for your support of our work and your friendship with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate. We are encouraged by your partnership with us as we carry out our mission to serve the poor in their need – and that need includes children and families and individuals from all walks of life and of a variety of faiths.

We live simply and frugally, building resources to meet our own needs and the needs of others. Our work takes our Sisters across the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and we have outreach missions in Mexico and on the African continent in Zambia.