Today, our approach to impact stems from the long legacy of dedicated sisters who founded, expanded and operated our health ministries. Driven by faith, selfless compassion and the mandate from Mother Odilia to “continue courageously,” our sisters always sought to go where the need was greatest. Our sisters faced this challenge with creativity and determination, serving places and people others would not.

Following years of ministry through innovative, compassionate care, we now commit our resources to new ways of healing, new ways of providing care to areas of great need. Through impact investing, directed philanthropy and advocacy for the care of creation, we expand our tradition of health care to care for the health of the planet and its people. These new ministries are how we respond, as Pope Francis has pleaded, to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

We reinvest the assets built over many years of ministry to support collaborators locally, regionally, and globally who carry on the legacy of compassionate care through care of creation.

Who We Support


    Philanthropy Initiative plays a unique role on the global climate action scene, providing communications, organizing, and campaign planning support to activists around the world.

  • Arch Grants

    Philanthropy Initiative

    FSM has partnered with Arch Grants to identify and support the next generation of food businesses in the St. Louis region.

  • Blacks in Green

    Philanthropy Initiative

    BIG models and advocates for widespread, sustainable and equitable development in communities of color.

  • Building Equity for Alignment and Impact

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Building Equity and Alignment for Impact fosters collaboration to address the funding gap for grassroots groups.

  • Catholic Climate Covenant

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions across the United States to care for creation and for the poor.

  • Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative works to accelerate and expand the use of wealth in service of people and planet.

  • Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

    Philanthropy Initiative

    CEED advances grassroots environmental justice efforts through education, policy analysis, and local and regional network building.

  • City Greens Market

    Philanthropy Initiative

    City Greens Market is a local, community grocery store in St. Louis.

  • Conservation Forestry Capital III


    Conservation Forestry (CF) is a proactive steward of land focusing particular attention on conserving soil, water and wildlife resources.


    Philanthropy Initiative

    CYNESA helps young Catholics in sub-Saharan Africa respond to environmental degradation and climate change.

  • Dutchtown South Community Corporation

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Dutchtown South Community Corporation equips the community to play an active role in sustainable, equitable development in south St. Louis.

  • EarthDance Farms

    Philanthropy Initiative

    EarthDance Farms is a 14-acre teaching farm in Ferguson, MO equipping the next generation of organic farmers.