17th Annual SHVM Gala! October 22.

Honor one of America’s most celebrated Catholic musicians.  Detroit’s own Marjorie Gabriel Burrow.


  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world — Margaret Mead

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Upcoming FUNd Raisings!

Two separate ENJOYABLE Sisters Home Visitors of Mary FUNdraising events are soon upcoming!  Mark your calendar for both.  All proceeds will support the SHVM mission in Nigeria where the Sisters HVM provide 2 day care centers for young children, operate 3 Schools and a new school is being built now, teach 8 parish religious classes, assist legal services and operate a vocational training center.  Bless SHVM with your generosity.

Saturday, August 12, 2023.  BOSTON-EDISON ATTIC SALE!   9am to 5pm. 

Sisters Home Visitors of Mary will offer for sale prized artworks, office supplies, furniture, and other items  as part of the 2023 Boston-Edison Neighborhood Attic Sale.  SHVM items will be available on the lawn at the beautiful residence at 610 Chicago Blvd.  Antique furniture pieces from nearby Blessed Sacrament Cathedral will also be available there.  Last year more than 70 homes participated and 3,000 visitors enjoyed shopping during the Attic Sale in the beautiful historic Boston-Edison neighborhood.  Easy to reach!  Direct connection to Lodge Expressway is only 3 blocks away the Chicago Blvd exit/entrance. 

Sunday, October 22, 2023.  SHVM Fall Gala.  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world — Margaret Mead

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May 7 Lecture on JL Hudson Department Stores

Sunday, May 7, 2023.  2:00 PM, Lecture on JL Hudson Stores

121 E. Boston Blvd

Join us at 2:00 pm on May 7 for tea social and a lecture by Bruce Allen Kopytek at Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary convent, 121 E. Boston Blvd, the former home of Joseph L Hudson.  Secure parking in Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament parking lot behind the convent.  OK to use convent back door.  Donations to Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary are welcomed.

Discover the rags-to-riches story of Joseph L. Hudson, the culinary delights of Hudson’s restaurants, and the stories of people that made it all happen – right here in Detroit. This is the story of The J. L. Hudson Company.

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  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world — Margaret Mead

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A Walk Down Detroit Memories

Join us if you can!  Share tea and Detroit Memories with renowned speaker John Thorne, director of Detroit Pastoral Alliance Come and bring a friend.

Sunday.  February 19, 2023.  2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary convent.  121 E. Boston, Detroit.  Secure parking in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral lot.

Over the years the work of the Pastoral Alliance has grown to include affordable housing, economic and commercial development, and Anti-racist trainings as well as programs for seniors and youth.  Also meet Sr. Clare Emeroum,  recently arrived from Nigeria.

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Upcoming Sisters Home Visitors Event

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday Morning Reflection:  Be a Witness to the Mystery by Living the Beatitudes

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament basement meeting room

Based on Pope Francis’ The Call to Holiness in Today’s World

Reflection led by Joyce Sheldon-Watkins and Sr. Rosemarie Abate, HVM.  Very highly recommended. 

Join us for these popular Saturday reflections.  No cost.   A simple lunch will follow.

RSVP Appreciated at email homevisitors@att.net or phone 313-869-2160

May God’s blessing provide you with strength, peace and purpose every day.

In the love of Christ.

Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

“The Catholic Church intends to intervene in every phase of the trafficking of human beings; she wants to protect them from deception and solicitation; she wants to find them and free them when they are transported and reduced to slavery; she wants to assist them once they are freed.”

Pope Francis interview on February 12, 2018

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some labor or commercial sex act. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is always considered human trafficking, regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion. It is a crime under U.S. federal and international law and is also illegal in all 50 states in the United States.  Click here for excellent “Blue Campaign” website on human trafficking. 

Due to the clandestine nature of this crime, human trafficking is difficult to quantify and an under-reported problem. The estimated number of victims actively trapped in a human trafficking situation worldwide is uncertain, as is the number of people involved in perpetrating this crime. Estimates vary widely, recognizing that perpetrators of this crime often find new tactics, methods, and means to exploit individuals; there is still much unknown about the crime.

Human trafficking can take a variety of forms. Some people are trafficked for prostitution, pornography, and other sexual exploitation. Some are trafficked for forced labor in agriculture, sweatshops, and domestic servitude. Some are trafficked for both. Through sexual slavery, the body becomes little more than an object to be exploited. For victims of forced labor, the body is made into a disposable machine, made to work long hours for little or no pay and the profit of others. In both cases, the enslaved person is treated as an object for another’s benefit. The person’s God-given human dignity is either ignored or forgotten.

Saint Josephine Bakhita was a model standing against the scourge of slavery and human trafficking.  She was born in the Darfur region of Sudan in 1869 and was kidnapped by slave traders and enslaved as a child. She was forced to walk barefoot over 600 miles and was sold multiple times to different owners.  She valiantly asserted her freedom with the help of the Cannossian Sisters of Venice, Italy. She lived out the rest of her life as a Cannossian sister, sharing her empowering testimony of human freedom and dignity. 

Upcoming Zoom Webinar:  St. Josephine Bakhita.  A Saint for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.

ZOOM Meeting.   Tuesday.  02/07/23.  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm US Eastern Time.

Click here to register for Sr. Josephine Bakhita zoom webinar on Feb 7. 

How To Report?  Where to get Help?

  • To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement call 1-866-347-2423

  • Para reportar un posible caso de trata de personas call 1-866-347-2423

  • To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline call 1-888-373-7888

  • Obtenga ayuda de la Línea Directa Nacional de Trata de Personas call 1-888-373-7888


2022 Gala Celebration

2022 Sisters Home Visitors of Mary Gala

SHVM  fundraising Gala Celebration was held at beautiful St. John Armenian Church banquet hall on October 9, 2022, honoring Fr. Norman Thomas for his life of dedication making known the message of love and peace that Jesus proclaimed.

Fr. Thomas graciously acknowledged the appreciation of the assembled attendees and parishioners. 

Fr. Norman Thomas, MC John Thorne, Sister Barbara

Sr. Rosemarie with table of parishioner guests

Attendees enjoyed a night sharing in the warm love and lasting purpose of  Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary, guided by presence of the Holy Spirit both in Detroit and in Nigeria.   Good friends, good food, good company, good dancing!

One of the highlights of the Gala was a video presentation from Sr. Clare Emeroum in Nigeria concerning the Day Care/Nursery School the sisters hope to build.  The facility will greatly benefit the children and their hard-working parents who rely on SHVM.

Click here to watch Sr. Clare’s presentation > YouTubeVideo.

Sr. Clare’s brother, Joseph , with able assistance from his two children, amplified Sr. Clare’s video with his event-ending personal appeal for generosity to support the Sisters’ planned day care nursery in Nigeria.

Joseph Emeroum ably assisted by daughter and son

You can donate to the SHVM mission here.


Passing of Sr. Mary Elise Chapman

Sr. Mary Elise Chapman passed to her eternal reward on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.   Sr. Elise joined Sister, Home Visitors of Mary in 1964.  Her SHVM ministries over nearly 60 years of service carried her to numerous Detroit-area parishes and institutions that were blessed by her enduring grace and generosity, marked by her bright and frequent smile.

“I, by the power of the Spirit, become a co-worker with God …”

Funeral services for Sr. Elise were held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Cathedral Of The Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, with  Frs.  J.J. Mech and Fr. Tyrone Robinson co-celebrating.  Fr. Robinson shared with the congregation his fond memories of Sr. Elise in their youth as their families lived in the same neighborhood.    

Sr. Elise long resided at the IHM mother house in Monroe, MI, prior to her passing.

Sr. Mary Elise Chapman (Ludie Elise) was born 5/19/28 in Quittman, Mississippi to Alphonso  and Estelle (Bentley) Chapman the fourth of five children.  In 1929, the family moved to Detroit.  Sr. Mary Elise attended Detroit public schools graduating from the High School of Commerce in 1946. During her high school she worked at Barthwell’s Drugs. After graduating, her first job was as a cashier and bookkeeper for Wright Mutual Insurance Co. In 1951, because there were no further opportunities for advancement, she left and took a job at the Army Tank-Automotive Center.  She was always taking classes: business, statistics and even sewing and Latin American dancing.

Elise, following her sister Geraldine’s example, became Catholic at St. George in February, 1958.  Their mother followed her daughters into the Catholic church in 1960.

Elise says that she became very active at her parish because it was small and needed members in all the organizations.  She became president of the Sodality which she had joined because of her devotion toward the Blessed Mother and became a member of the third Order of St. Francis. Elise wrote that her attraction to being a religious sister began early as she watched the Sisters in her parish and read books on different orders, picturing herself being there with them.  Her experience in the Legion of Mary and in teaching religion classes drew her to enter the Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary Sept. 24, 1964.

Sr. Mary Elise ministered at Catholic Information Center as bookkeeper.  In 1979, Sr. Elise asked to change her ministry to parish faith formation.  As catechist and pastoral staff, sister ministered at St. Bernard, St. Luke, Patronage of St. Joseph and Madonna parishes.  She served at St. Francis Home for Boys, St. Mary of Redford and Bishop Borgess high schools as well as Madonna University.  She volunteered in the Dominican and Siena literacy centers.  She served on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.  Sr. Mary Elise was a founding member of the National Black Sisters Conference in 1968 and served on its board of directors.

Sr. Mary Elise wrote: Knowledge frees people.  It is light in the darkness.  Education can help to cultivate in people a sense of discovery, awakening them to search for truth … I see that the giving of myself in my ministry can be a way for new life to emerge.  Words are limited but the Spirit goes beyond words.  The Holy Spirit is a force showing warmth, concern, and giving motivation which is the source of creativity.  I, by the power of the Spirit, become a co-worker with God developing people through instructions and formation….”

Sr. Mary Elise Chapman, HVM.  Born 5/19/1928.  Entered HVM 9/24/64.  Passed to The Lord 8/31/22