Shalom – Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

We work actively, especially in our local situations, to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.”- YOU ARE SENT

Committed to promoting the culture of life

Shalom-Peace-QuoteAs educators with a global vision, the School Sisters of Notre Dame strive to create a global community where human dignity is respected, all creation is treasured, spirituality is nourished and justice is accomplished. In other words, we commit ourselves to promote the culture of life. We actively work to enhance just structures that foster fullness of life and to change unjust structures that inhibit it.

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Committed to integral ecology

SSNDs are committed to the principle of integral ecology as described by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’: “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. … Given the scale of change, it is no longer possible to find a specific, discrete answer for each part of the problem. It is essential to seek comprehensive solutions which consider the interactions within natural systems themselves and with social systems. We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”

International Shalom Network

Shalom is the term we use to describe our SSND international network for justice, peace, and integrity of creation. Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace and implies restoring all things to their right order or original integrity. More than 2,500 sisters, associates, and friends of SSND across five continents make up the Shalom Network.

Through Shalom we take actions that lead to:

  • reconciliation,
  • solidarity with the oppressed,
  • the promotion of human dignity, and
  • collaboration with ecological movements to safeguard Earth.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame also work on making a difference at the United Nations through our involvement as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and participating in the United Nations meetings and activities, such as the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

Looking to make a difference?

Learn more about about our extensive Shalom network and commitments:

  • The Shalom Network.
  • The 2015-18 Shalom Commitments (PDF).
  • Sister Mary Maher’s address to the July 2015 Shalom Seminar (PDF).

Each voice makes a difference. Together, we can make the world a better and more just place. Consider joining us in our efforts to affect positive change!