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Links to articles, photos and news reports about SSND and the sisters

April 19
Fitzgerald: Sister Patrice Garrity leaves inspiring legacy
       - Boston Herald 

April 11
Betrayal in Holy Week: A lesson for life
       - Global Sisters Report

YTM Reflects: Palm Sunday | Prophets for our Time
        - Youth in Theology and Ministry 

National Science Foundation award establishes STEM scholar program
   -Urban Milwaukee

April 7
'Godsend' to ex-inmates struggles after cut in state funds
     - St. Louis Review (Missouri)

April 3
Sisters hoping visibility boosts vocations
     - Our Sunday Visitor

March 31
Sister Shirley Stockus named 'early morning hero'
     - WGN News Chicago

March 28
Celebrating Sister Audrey, ESLC Founding Director
    - East Side Learning Center e-Newsletter

March 24
Remembrance for those who died in the desert
     - NPR, Arizona Public Media

March 21
Good Counsel learning center director a longtime educator
       - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

March 19
Classes lead Mankato refugees, immigrants on path to citizenship
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

March 18
Jesuits celebrate Catholic sisters
     - Society of Jesus website

March 14
U.N. session examines world of work for women
     - Global Sisters Report

Church investors urge Exxon to address climate risk
     - Independent Catholic News

March 11
Effort to rescue Blessed Sacrament recalled as great act of faith

March 8
The cedars of Nerinx
​       - Global Sisters Report

Top Educator Named MD Top 100 Women
         - Notre Dame of Maryland University

March 3
Ordinary heroes, martyrs for the Eucharist
     - National Catholic Reporter

March 2
The Wisdom of Tolkien' - Column by S. Paulette Zimmerman
     - Global Sisters Report

March 1
SSNDs to participate in UN Commission on the Status of Women

- TV Interview with Sister Patricia McLaughlin about Caroline Center
     - WJZ Baltimore

February 27
SSNDs pedal to help homeless
     - KEYC News 12 Mankato

February 24
Notre Dame School of Dallas teaches students with developmental disabilities
     - National Catholic Reporter

February 20
Sister Mary Warner, SSND, receives California Association of Teachers of English Classroom Excellence Award 
Sister Mary, who is a professor at San José State University, said in her acceptance speech that two themes underlie her teaching philosophy: from The Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” and from the Gospel of Matthew (her “translation” of the 10:8) “the gift you have received, give as gift.” Watch her acceptance speech in the video below, or read the transcript here.

February 15
Pedal Past Poverty ready for another spin
     - Mankato Free Press

Sisters at the A Day Without Immigrants March

Sisters Barbara Pfarr and Jean Arthur Laubach at the A Day Without Immigrants March on Monday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "Day Without Immigrants" marches and rallies were held throughout the United States to bring attention to concerns about the current administration's immigrant agenda.

February 14, 2017
SSND, Beyond Borders pair up to bring relief to Haiti
     - Global Sisters Report

February 11, 2017
SSND starts new monthly prayer group
     - Billings Gazette (Montana)

February 9, 2017
English lessons, friendship provided for women isolated in new land
     -St. Louis (Missouri) Review

February 7, 2017
Taking an ‘Urban Plunge’
       - Catholic Herald (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

February 6, 2017
School Sisters of Notre Dame joined with other Missouri immigrant and refugee advocates on Saturday for the March to the Arch in St. Louis. (Click picture to see larger image.)

SSND Associates Anne Carey, Loretta Hopgood and Lois Vollmer joined hundreds of people in front of the Federal Court House in St. Louis for a peaceful rally and march to the Arch. (Click picture to see larger image.)

February 5, 2017
'Fear the Hate' letter to the editor
     - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

February 4, 2017
The least of these: Church helps fight opioid addiction
     - The Catholic Review (Baltimore)

February 2, 2017
Discerning staff: Mother Seton Academy teachers on path to religious life
     - The Catholic Review (Baltimore)

January 27, 2017
Long career fueled by music, love of teaching
     - Texas Catholic Youth

January 26, 2017
Capitalizing on womens' marches: 'We need to organize, not agonize'
     - Global Sisters Report

January 23, 2017
Nuns helping women build businesses in El Salvador
     - News Deeply

January 5, 2017
Chiricahua Mountains
        - Pilgrimage of Remembrance

January 3, 2017
Catholic education offered in Prairie du Chien for 150 years
        - Courier Press

December 20
Sister Mary Warner nominated for California Association of Teachers of English Award for Classroom Excellence 2017

Sister Mary Warner, SSND, has been nominated to receive the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) Award for Classroom Excellence 2017. Each regional council in California can nominate one or two teachers at different grade levels to receive these awards. Sister Mary has been teaching English for nearly 40 years in middle and high school and in postsecondary. She is the director of the English Credential Program at San José State University and serves as co-director of the San Jose Area Writing Project. Her special teaching interests include literature for young adults and the Bible as literature. She is co-author of Teaching Writing Grades 7–12 in an Era of Assessment - Passion and Practice. The award will be presented on Feb. 17 during the CATE annual convention in Santa Clara.

December 8
Free of war, family feels ‘good’ here
    - Wilton (Connecticut) Bulletin

December 6
PEPI there to help with adult education
    -The Daily Iberian

December 2
A Thanksgiving Note of Gratitude to our Elderly Religious
     - Crux news

November 22
Sisters Standing with Standing Rock
     - Global Sisters Report

Stories from the Stoop: SSND Neighbors
     - WYPR Baltimore

November 21
SSND commits to investing in renewable energy, shifts away from coal, oil
The SSND Cooperative Investment Fund Board of Directors has committed a portion of the CIF fund to a Renewable Power Investment. This investment is an investor-aligned fund featuring wind and solar assets while shifting companies and institutions away from coal and oil. The SSND investment in Global Renewable Power aims to empower companies and institutions to increase renewable energy, displace greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water usage. These are ambitious goals, yet this is a tangible way that SSNDs are addressing the current social and ecological crises. Read the full press release.

November 9
Holy Family School honors veterans with Veterans Day Prayer Service
      - Hannibal Courier-Post 

October 27
Protest and Prayer at the West Lake Landfill
School Sisters of Notre Dame protested and prayed on Oct. 26 near the West Lake Landfill in Missouri. The toxic landfill is of concern to the families in the area, as well about 60 SSNDs who live just five minutes away. The SSND participants were from the Shalom Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation meeting and joined the regular protesters who line the road twice a month.

October 26
School Sisters of Notre Dame honored with Cornerstone Award

The School Sisters of Notre Dame were honored with the Cornerstone Award at Messmer Catholic Schools' annual Portraits in Leadership Dinner on Wednesday at the Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, The SSNDs were recognized for their selfless leadership and service as teachers and administrators at Messmer High School since the school's inception in 1926.

October 10
Speaking of Animals - column by Sister Paulette Zimmerman
     - National Catholic Reporter

October 8-9
SSNDs at SOA Watch Border Convergence

October 6, 2016
IND’s Legendary Sister Hildie eyes active retirement
     -The Catholic Review

October 3, 2016
Tending the cry of our mother
     - Global Sisters Report

September 21, 2016

Rally to revoke the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline
Several School Sisters of Notre Dame participated last week in the Mankato, Minnesota, solidarity action and rally that called on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota and South Dakota have been peacefully protesting this pipeline that would threaten their water, their sacred sites and their future. SSNDs ministered for many years at St. Bernard’s Indian Mission Parish and School on the Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota, and so we have a special interest in the welfare of the tribal members. (Pictured are Sisters Marie Russell, Jovann Irrgang, Joanne O’Connor, Rosae Brown, Sylvia Borgmeier, Alice Zachmann, Mary Jo Welter and Dorez Mehrtens.)


September 20

Second Esperanza Center location offers new hope for immigrant children, families 
   - The Catholic Review

September 15

Sister Paulette Tiefenbrunn, SSND, 2016 American Graduate Champion
     - WLAE Video

Q & A with Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen, SSND, supporting the rural community and sustainability
     - Global Sisters Report

September 14

Sisters celebrate 50 years of supporting learners of all ages
     - Mankato Free Press

A View from Glen Hill: Looking back at Liberia
     - Wilton (Connecticut) Bulletin

September 7

Milwaukee & Rock River Canal, 1870
     - Urban Milwaukee

Change someone's life in Woodhaven
      - Leader/Observer

September 6

Study shows most U.S. Americans believe women religious trustworthy
     - Global Sisters Report


September 3

Notre Dame takes historical approach in modern upgrades at Gibbons Hall
     - The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)


September 2

Hundreds gather to pray for peace
     -Catholic Herald (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

August 25

Epiphany seniors offer thanks to fire, police departments
     - ABC Newspapers

August 18

A single scholarship educated 400 children in the Kenyan slums
     - Global Sisters Report

August 12

SSND going solar
     - Wilton (Connecticut) Bulletin

July 28

Nuns on the Bus workshops in Philadelphia prompts dialogue on issues
     - Catholic Philly

Tidbits from Democratic National Convention Day 2: B-list celebrities and the team behind ‘Birdie 2016’
       - Our Windsor

July 27

Sister Ruth Ann Klauser to celebrate 50th Jubilee in Kirksville
     - Kirksville Daily Express 

July 17

School Sisters welcome new leadership in Wilton celebration
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

July 16

Sister Carleen Reck retires from criminal justice ministry
     - St. Louis Today

July 14, 2016

Pastoral leader at parishes in Peshtigo, Walsh, steps down
     - The Compass

June 28, 2016

Q&A with Sister Eileen Reilly: Teaching others to be global citizens
     - Global Sisters Report

June 18, 2016

Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles professes perpetual vows
With praise and thanksgiving, the School Sisters of Notre Dame joyfully announce the perpetual profession of Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles, SSND, on Saturday, June 18, at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch the livestreamed ceremony at 2 p.m. Central on Saturday. Click here to read more about Sister Limétèze.

June 15, 2016

Ridgewood bids farewell to School Sisters
     - NET TV (New York)

June 14, 2016

Sister Catherine Bertrand, SSND, Receives Catholic Press Association Award
The Catholic Press Association has awarded Sister Catherine Bertrand, SSND, second place for her inspirational essay, “God does more than we can ask or imagine,” in the category Best Essay Originating with a Magazine or Newsletter: Religious Order Magazine. Her essay was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Horizon, the National Religious Vocation Conference's quarterly journal for vocation ministry. The awards were announced earlier this month at the National Press Association's annual conference. Click here to read Sister Catherine's essay.

June 13, 2016

KinDoo Family Center works to train, inspire, empower
     - TC Palm (Florida)

June 7, 2016

Global citizenship and education key to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals, sisters say
      - Global Sisters Report

June 2, 2016

Zest for life: Letting go as a contemplative community
      - Global Sisters Report

June 1, 2016

Dispatches from South Korea: Closing Reflections

May 31, 2016

Sister Catherine Feeney: Nun helps found Woodhaven center for underserved women
     - TimesLedger (New York)

Dispatches from South Korea

May 24, 2016

Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal
Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, was awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal from Loyola University Maryland at the 164th Commencement Exercises this past weekend in Baltimore. The medal, which was established in 2002, is given to recognize individuals whose intellectual attainments, contributions to education, and steadfast commitment to the ideals of scholarship and service distinguish them as exemplars of Loyola's Jesuit tradition.

Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal

May 23, 2016

SSNDs to participate in U.N. conference in South Korea

May 22, 2016

SSND helps remember those who lost lives in Arizona desert
     - Arizona Daily Star

May 20, 2016

Academy of the Holy Angels to name hall after Sister Genevieve Kelleher
     - Academy of the Holy Angels

May 11, 2016

SSND addresses 'Global Sisterhood' at Union of Superiors General assembly in Rome
         -International Union Superiors General

Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, t the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General
Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, discussed "Supporting Global Sisterhood at the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General in Rome on Wednesday. Sister Rosemarie, director of the Conrad Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative, was a guest speaker at the assembly, where where nearly 900 women religious leaders are in attendance.

May 10, 2016

Sister Pamela Moehring, receives Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award
Sister Pamela Moehring, SSND, received the 2016 Alumni Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award on May 4 from St. Mary Catholic School in Neenah, Wisconsin, during the annual Leadership Day celebration. Sister Pamela, who graduated in 1960, attended St. Mary’s when it was located in Menasha, Wisconsin and staffed largely by School Sisters of Notre Dame. She is pictured with Wisconsin State Senator Roger Roth, St. Mary class of 1996, who received the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award.

Sister Pamela Moehring, SSND, receives Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award

May 4, 2016

A Catholic Response to Global Warming
School Sisters of Notre Dame hosted a public presentation on “A Catholic Response to Global Warming” Tuesday evening at their campus in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. There was a full house to hear Steven J. Coleman, a Catholic educator from Madison, Wisconsin, who is a retired engineer versed on the effects of climate change, Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. Pictured with Coleman is Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, who organized the event. To learn more about this topic and how you can be involved, you can download the handout from the event.
SSND Global warming presentation

May 3, 2016

Bishop blesses newly renovated Notre Dame School
     - The Texas Catholic

April 28, 2016

Climate change is moral issue, says educator
     - Milwaukee Catholic Herald (Wisconsin)

April 21, 2016

Sisters celebrate chapel's pipe organ
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

April 13, 2016

Sister Elizabeth Ann Swartz, receives education award
Sister Elizabeth Ann Swartz, SSND, received the 2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence.  

Sister Elizabeth Anne was one of the teachers, principals, pastors, presidents, superintendents and organizations who serve in the nation's Catholic education system who were recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo March 29-31 in San Diego, California. The annual award honors those who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.
“NCEA commends the outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements of exceptional leaders in Catholic education,” said NCEA Interim President Dr. Thomas W. Burnford.  “We are grateful for the leadership of Sister Elizabeth Anne Swartz who serves as an ambassador of faith formation and academic excellence, and inspires Catholic educators across the world.”  

Sister Elizabeth Anne has been the superintendent of schools in two dioceses, El Paso and San Angelo, in Texas, for nearly two decades.  She has been at the helm revamping curriculum in accord with planned goals and promoting schools using social media and print. She is currently engaged with six of the El Paso diocesan schools in a four year project to stabilize and grow the schools in conjunction with grants that have been awarded.  

“Sister Elizabeth demonstrates an extraordinary level of knowledge in her position as superintendent,” said Aurora E. Lujan, principal of Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. “She is an outstanding mentor.”

Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, San Diego Award
Photo: Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, receives award in San Diego, California


April 6, 2016

SSND join amicus brief supporting Clean Power Plan
     - Catholic Sentinel

April 5, 2016

Saintly pursuits: Sister Peg steps down from Caroline House
     - Wilton Villager

April 4, 2016

America's Prisons: Working to change mass incarceration and the racism behind it
     - Global Sisters Report

March 29, 2016

Caroline House Honors Fairfield University
     - Fairfield University
Students Experience Sisters' Ministry at U.S.-Mexico Border

March 28, 2016

Partnership between convents and brain researchers has been unexpectedly rewarding
     - Atlas Obscura

March 23, 2016

Your Kids' Biggest Brain Booster
     - HealthZette

March 17, 2016

Playing in my psychic cinema: Gifts of strangers
     - Global Sisters Report

March 11, 2016
SSNDs at U.S.-Mexico border honor those who died crossing the desert

March 10, 2016
Wilton welcomes Syrian refugee family
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

February 28, 2016

Riders raise record amount to help the homeless
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

February 26, 2016

Our Lady of the Prairie offers Year of Mercy programs
     - The Catholic Messenger (Davenport, Iowa)

February 22, 2016

Hundreds celebrate binational Mass in Douglas-Agua Prieta
     - Arizona Daily Star

February 18, 2016

Congressman praises solar energy while visiting School Sisters of Notre Dame project
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

February 16, 2016

SSND storyteller on Milwaukee Public Radio
     - WUWM (Milwaukee Public Radio)

February 16, 2016

Peg Regan, SSND, to retire as Caroline House Executive Director at end of June
     - Patch (Fairfield, CT)

February 2, 2016

Sisters band together on billboard campaign to bring Pope's environmental message to Iowa caucuses
     - Global Sisters Report

January 29, 2016

Oblate School institute exploring history of black church
     - San Antonio Express News (Texas)

January 28, 2016

School Sisters of Notre Dame Host Conversation on Islam  
     - KEYC News 12 (Mankato, Minnesota)

January 25, 2015

Visiting Women's Religious Communities

January 22, 2016

Plans in place to bring refugee family
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

January 21, 2016

Services for former Mount Mary President
     - Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

January 19, 2016
Community comes together to celebrate MLK
    - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

Sister María Elena Ferrer New Director Of Faith Formation
    - Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

Sisters' billboards promote care for Earth
    - Quad-City Times   

January 14, 2016

The 'sounding solitude' of Scrabble
    - Global Sisters Report

January 7, 2016

The Caroline Center "Gets It" In The Aftermath Of The April Riots
    - WBAL Radio (Maryland)

December 22

Just desserts: Fruitcake shines in the hands of Mount Mary master
     - OnMilwaukee

December 15

Sister Barbara Paleczny in South Sudan
Sister Barbara Paleczny, SSND, periodically shares her experiences from South Sudan where she is working as a teacher in Juba. This is her latest report received this month:

“When I returned from teaching, I was surprised to meet Stephen Mayuen Mou, a mediator with Concordis International, Abyei Area, who explained that he had just taken eight prisoners of the Messyria Tribe back to their people in exchange for four children. The two girls had been taken to El-Mughad; the two boys were taken to Debeb, all with separate families, for eight months. They were seemingly well cared-for.  

“With their parents, they now stayed overnight in a tukel (mud hut) next to mine, on their way back to their own village, Marial Achak. On March 2, 2015, when they were abducted, many were killed and houses were burned.

“I was able to spend several hours with them, taking pictures, including a short video which they were then delighted to view on the laptop. Their laughter helped much as they participated in many exercises that may help them to heal from their trauma. 

“Although the Messyria Tribe and Ngok Dinka are both eager to work out a peaceful settlement to their problems, pressure from Sudan prevents a meeting. The tribe needs secure access to water for their cattle, and the Abyei and Agok people need security, free from looting, burning and abducting.”

(Photo: The mothers really appreciated neck massages. Sister Barbara is standing on the left).
Sister Barbara Paleczny in South Sudan


December 11

Two SSND-sponsored schools named top workplaces
SSND-sponsored Institute of Notre Dame (IND) and Note Dame Preparatory School have been named top workplaces by the Baltimore Sun. They are among 100 companies and organizations named as Baltimore’s as Top Workplaces 2015. IND was named a top work place in 2012 and 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that Notre Dame Prep has been named a top work place. The Top Workplaces program, which is run by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, of Exton, Pennyslvania, recognizes good employers on 30 regional lists and one national list. The evaluations for the list are based purely on employee opinions of their employers. 

December 8

Rearranging the furniture of my heart: 'Gaudium et Spes' at 50
     - Global Sisters Report

December 4

Sister Catherine Feeney - Star of Queens
     - Times (Queens, New York)

December 1

SSND urges Congress to oppose efforts to suspend U.S. Refugee Settlement Program
School Sisters of Notre Dame have joined humanitarian agencies and faith-based organizations expressing support for the refugee resettlement program and are urging members of Congress to oppose any policy riders that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian refugees. The original letter was entered into the Congressional Record on Nov. 19. You can read the full text of the letter signed by SSND here.

November 20

SSND woodcarver to hold art exhibition
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

November 19

SSND commits $10,000 to help immigrants

October 22

Caroline House marks 20 years with help of Wilton sisters
     - Wilton Bulletin

October 16

Lingfield Notre Dame School, England, celebrates 75th Anniversary (1940 – 2015)
On May 27, 1940, six German SSNDs living in Faversham, England, were interned to the Isle of Man. Three other SSNDs from Mankato, Minnesota, had to move away from the “restricted area” because they were considered aliens since United States had not entered WWII until August 1940. Click here to read more.

October 15

Caroline House, Founded By Wilton Nuns, Celebrates 20 Years Of Helping
     - Wilton Daily Voice

October 12

Europe's women religious answer the call to help the growing refugee crisis  
     - Global Sisters Report

October 1

Caroline House celebrates 20 years with anniversary event
     - The Bridgeport News


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