We are the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate -- a congregation of apostolic women religious of pontifical right founded by Margaret Mary Healy Murphy in 1893, in San Antonio, Texas, for the purpose of ministering to the poor in their need.

We believe that we are called by God to be women of faith and trust who live together in simplicity, humility and love to manifest the compassion of Jesus to the poor, especially those who are denied respect for their human dignity. Traditionally, our works in education, pastoral ministry, social work and health care have been an expression of this compassionate presence.

Imbued with the spirit of the gospel and that of Mother Margaret, we try to live in such a way that the light of the Holy Spirit guides our lives and the fire of the Holy Spirit quickens our love; we endeavor to be open and responsive, like Mary, to the needs of people in the different situations in which we find ourselves.


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News from The Motherhouse

Sister Kathleen Huguet made her final vows on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Motherhouse. The photo above was taken after the ceremony and features Superior General Sister Miriam Mitchell, Sister Kathleen's mother, Sister Kathleen, and Formation Director Sister Katrina Ruane.

Sister Kathleen will continue her work as a teacher at the Healy-Murphy Development Center. There is more more about Sister Kathleen and her profession of vows on our Vocations 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.