Supporting Catholic sisters to become recognized as global leaders in sustainable human development.


Catholic sisters are recognized as global leaders in sustainable human development, grounded in the vitality of their services and spiritual witness. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will support programs by investing in four intersecting portfolios:

Sisters’ Education: Increasing the financial and human resources capacity needed to sustain congregations of sisters, their services and the organizations they are serving.

Human Development Services: Expanding services to disadvantaged and vulnerable youth and young adults aged 15-25 and their families. Areas of focus include: education, food security, healthcare, human trafficking and youth entrepreneurship.

Knowledge: Gathering, applying and disseminating research to improve practices of congregations and leadership conferences, expand and improve the quality of human development services, and increase collaborative partnerships.

Innovation: Creating sustainable solutions to challenges to the vitality of sisters’ organizations and the sustainability of their human development services.

Catholic Education

The Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative will also work closely with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to improve educational outcomes for children of low-income families within the Los Angeles Catholic School system and among sisters engaged in education services. Through this work, the initiative aims to enable Catholic schools to develop innovative programs that will enhance the operational vitality of schools and can be replicated in other dioceses.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe assists students at St. Monica’s Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, a school established to provide practical skills to restore dignity, independence and hope to formerly abducted women.

Theory of Change

Our theory of change posits that the strength and vitality of sisters’ internal systems and organizations will enable them to be publicly recognized, respected leaders for those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. This leadership, in turn, will reinforce both sisters’ organizations and the scope and effectiveness of their ministries. These two elements—internal strength of organization and external strength of ministry—are synergistic and inseparable. Together, they enable the kind of leadership that brings the uniqueness of sisters as moral voices to human development. The leadership and visibility of sisters, their congregations and their leadership conferences can be a force to increase membership and reinforce the vitality of their communities.


2018 - 2022 Catholic Sisters Strategy Overview Document

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Our Partner: Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters

The Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, established in 1986, supports the ministries of Sisters worldwide in the areas of education, the environment, health care, and social services with grants averaging $10,000. It is an independent organization from the Hilton Foundation. For more information regarding the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, please visit their website.

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