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SSND Association Covenant Celebration in WisconsinClick to view images The School Sisters of Notre Dame embraced all Associates as they renewed their covenants on May 4. Sister Rosemary Bonk welcomed and called those gathered for prayer. Silver Jubilarian, Janis Fitschen, proclaimed the Scripture reading. Silver Jubilarian, Mary Heyn, lead the responsorial that she composed for Psalm 84. New Associate, Dianne Henke reads from You Are Sent (SSND Constitution.) Sister Helen Marie Skierkowski presented the reflection. Sister Helen Marie Skierkowski. Sister Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez, provincial council contact, accepts the pre-associate, new associate and all other associates. (L to R) Pre-Associate , Laura Baranyk-Morales stood with her companion, Sister Vonnie De Cleene. (L to R) Sister Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez, Sister Rosemary Bonk, Laura Baranyk-Morales and Sister Vonnie De Cleene. (L to R) Sister Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez, Laura Baranyk-Morales and Sister Vonnie De Cleene. (L to R) Sisters Jan Senderak, Rosemary Bonk and Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez; Dianne Henke and Sister Lillia Langreck. Dianne Henke (center) is welcomed as a new associate! (L to R) Sister Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez congratulates Silver Jubilarian, Associate Mary Heyn. Sister Elizabeth Marie Hoell read the intercessions. (L to R) Silver Jubilarian, Associate Janis Fitschen and her husband, joined in the community singing. (L to R) Sisters Maria Elena and Rosemary offered a blessing. (L to R) Sisters Helen Marie and Maria Elena, Associate Dianne Henke and Sisters Lillia and Janet.
Wine & Chocolate Soiree - St. LouisClick to view images An evening of delicious food, wine and chocolate, as well as a concert, was enjoyed by 120 guests. Welcome by Sister Dianne Perry, provincial councilor. (left to right) Violinist Sister Barbara Rupp, pianist Jed Moss and soloist Doris Brunatti. (left) Doris Brunatti and (right) Jed Moss performed for the guests. Duet by Jed Moss and Doris Brunatti with pianist Amanda Suchara. Taking a bow with Sister Barbara Rupp. (left to right) Jed Moss and Doris Brunatti with provincial councilors Sisters Joan DiProspere, Susan Jordan and Dianne Perry. (left) Betty Pfaff, event sponsor, had a chat with (right) Doris Brunatti. (left to right) Jed Moss with Event Sponsor Betty Pfaff. Guests posed and smiled for the camera! Fine wine with glasses. Delicious sweets and chocolate. (left to right) Debbie Rohrich-Tyler, John Miller and Farrell Tyler. Volunteer servers from Notre Dame High School. (far right) Amanda Suchara entertained on keyboard during the reception. (left to right) Doris Brunatti and Jed Moss with Mr. & Mrs. Philip Mannhard, DDS, event sponsors. (left to right) Jed Moss and Doris Brunatti.
Wine & Chocolate Soiree - MilwaukeeClick to view images An evening of delicious food, wine and live Celtic music was enjoyed by 140 guests on April 13. An assortment of appetizing food awaited guests! Guests helped themselves to the delicious food and chocolate. Sister Jana Roberts spoke before Frogwater began their preformance. Frogwater preformed during the event. Guests enjoyed lively conversation. Roy Rehmes, major gifts officer, spoke with a guest. A group of guests poised for the camera! Debbie Rohrich-Tyler spoke during the event. Sister Mary Faith Parkinson, NDEG assistant community leader. (left to right) Sisters Cindy Brune and Margaret Mary Dohms. (right) Debbie Rohrich-Tyler engaged in conversation with a guest. (left) Sisters Mary Elva Wiesner and (far right) Mary Jean Louise Rechner shared a laugh with a guest.
Cardinals Home Opener Party at Sancta Maria in RipaClick to view images Heidi Glaus, reporter for NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis, joined the festivities and reported live from the party at 5 and 6 p.m. Heidi interviewing Sister Sharon Rose Terbrock. Sister Sharon Rose live on the newscast! Heidi interviewing Sister Susan Birk. Heidi Glaus interviewing Sister Susan Birk who is against praying for sporting events and... ... Sister Ann Marie Bonvie who is for praying for sporting events! The taping ended with the traditional Channel 5 is Number 1. The taping ended with the traditional Channel 5 is Number 1. A brave Baltimore Orioles fan in the crowd!
Women's Leadership Luncheon 2013 - DallasClick to view images More than 50 people gathered on March 21 for a lunch and program at Notre Dame of Dallas. (right) Sister Sandra Helton, SSND, helped register guests at the registration desk. (left to right) Sandy Morgan; Sister Mary Delbert Weisensel, SSND; and Sister Dawn Achs, SSND. Guests enjoyed a greet and chat before the beginning of the luncheon. Guests patiently waited for the program and luncheon to begin. Sister Mary Delbert Weisensel, SSND, donor relations coordinator for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Featured speaker Dr. Susan Hanssen, associate professor of history at the University of Dallas. Attendance prize winner! (left to right) Sandy Morgan; Sister Mary Delbert Weisensel, SSND; and Dr. Susan Hanssen. (from left) S. Dawn Achs, S. Mary Delbert Weisensel, Dr. Susan Hanssen, S. Sandra Helton, & S. Kathryn Hoener.
Women's Leadership Luncheon 2013 - St. LouisClick to view images More than 130 people gathered on March 14 for a luncheon program at Maria Center on the Sancta Maria in Ripa campus in St. Louis Sister Kathy Schmittgens, SSND, (left) with two guests. Sister Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ, of Carondelet Community Betterment, speaker Bridget Flood and Reginald Scott, of Lemay Housing. (left to right) Sister Joanne Hanrahan, SSND, and Sister Mary Pezold, CCVI. Cynthia Stevenson conversed with other guests. Guests were engaged in conversation before the start of the program. Resource Development volunteers Lily Rengstorf, John Miller and Kathy Bucher Rohrich, NDHS '64 SSND wellness director Ana Casey spoke with guests. (l to r) Sister Avila Markiewicz, SSND, Sister Christine Spour, SSND and Betty Pfaff, NDHS '56. Melissa Brickey conversed with others at her table. Sister Jacqueline Toben, SSND, Jane Lammers and Toni Jordan had lively conversation. Welcoming remarks by Sister Patricia Gravemann, SSND. Grace by Debbie Rohrich-Tyler, NDHS '87, Resource Development. Introduction by Sister Joanne Hanrahan. Featured speaker Bridget McDermott Flood of the Incarnate Word Foundation and NDHS '74. Bridget Flood continued her presentation. Patrice Thibodeau spoke with another guest. (left to right) Bridget Flood, Sister Mary Pezold and Sister Rosemary Hufker, SSND. Major Gifts Officer Roy Rehme (left) enjoyed a chat with guests. Bridget Flood with colleagues from the Incarnate Word Foundation. Bridget Flood with Sister Joanne Hanrahan. Patrice Thibodeau, Amelia Flood and Bridget Flood.
Women's Leadership Luncheon 2013 - MilwaukeeClick to view images About 75 people gathered on March 8 (International Women's Day) for a lunch and program at Notre Dame of Elm Grove, Wis. Participants patiently waited for the luncheon program to begin. A hearty meal was distributed for the participants. LaDonna Borth welcomed attendees. Sister Mary Anne Owens, provincial leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province opened the presentation. Debbie Rohrich-Tyler led the meal prayer. Sister Dianne Perry, provincial councilor of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province introduced the speaker. Danae D. Davis, chief executive officer of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. As the honorary guest speaker, Danae D. Davis presented during the luncheon. Danae D. Davis continued her speech and presentation at the luncheon. Participants finished their luncheon meals and chatted with each other.
March on March 8 to End Violence Against WomenClick to view images Mary Packard, Kelly Coons, Denise Hyland, Celesté Holmes-Tate, Rachel De La Haya, Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND Denise Hyland, Kelly Coons, Sister Eileen Reilly don vests for the march. Sister Sharon Kanis (center in pink coat) marches with the SSND delegation in the demonstration. Celesté Holmes-Tate, Sister Sharon Kanis, Denise Hyland, Mary Packard, Rachel De La Haya, Sister Eileen Reilly. Waiting for the speaches to begin in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Ban Soon-taek, patron of UN Women for Peace and wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of UN Women Actress Susan Sarandon read a statement from the Pakistani girl shot on her school bus for standing up for girls' education Activist and model Christy Turlington UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) greats the speakers after the demonstration Mary Packard, a professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University, braves the snow and sleet at the demonstration Denise Hyland, a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks with other members of the SSND delegation. Denise Hyland, Rachel De La Haya, Sister Eileen Reilly, Sister Sharon Kanis, Mary Packard Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, (center) with two of the demonstrators at the march
Scenes from the SSND Delegation at the CSWClick to view images Machan Bowman, Marie Diop, Chandler Ramey, Queenstar Akrong, Natalie Gillard, Denise Hyland One of the many passionate presenations on woman's issues One of the many passionate presenations on woman's issues Marie Dio, a NDMU student who was born in Senegal, at the desk of her country's representative. Dana Jack, a professor and advisor to Justice for All in Nepal, discusses best practices for standing up to violence. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, minister for women's rights from France, and Lakshmi Puri, assistant UN secretary-general Fatma Sahin, minister of family and social policies in Turkey, (on screen) speaks on the Istanbul Treaty Session on Human Rights and Activism through Arts and Film Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, leads a session during the Working Group on Girls Orientation. NDMUS student Queenstar Akrong helps facilitate a session during the Working Group on Girls orientation. NDMU student Raven Proctor displays her groups work as NDMU student Ruth Djarbeng looks on with the rest of the group.. Sister Eileen Reilly, Ruth Djarbeng, Sister Sharon Kanis and Kelly Coons review the schedule for the day. Rachel De La Haya and Jussara Kramer wait for a session to begin. Tracy Thompson, N.J. asst. attorney general, describe the state's work to prevent human trafficking during the 2014 Super Bowl. Activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney (left) prepares for her talk on Media as an Instrument to Fight Violence Against Women. The SSND delegations participates in the march on International Women's Day
Mount Mary College celebrates Centennial Mass of the Holy SpiritClick to view images Debra Duff, gospel choir director at Mount Mary, sang with the choir at the Jan. 31 event at Mount Mary College. Mount Mary College Gospel Choir preformed prelude to the Mass. Mount Mary College Gospel Choir. The Mass took place in the Alumnae Dining Hall. Sister Joan Penzenstadler, Ph.D., vice president for mission and identity at Mount Mary College welcomed the guests. (right to left) Sisters Mary Immaculata Zoelle, Vincent Marie Balajadia and Ruth Karnitz. (right to left) Katie Roell, server, Father James Lobacz, Father Tim Kitzke and Archbishop Jerome Listecki. On Fire with the Holy Spirit... Beth Lambrecht, cantor. Entrance Procession. (R to L) Sisters Barb Pfarr, Ann Jerome Bisek, Marie T. Nowakowski, Carla Huebner, Lucille Coughlin & Carol Lesch. (R to L) Sisters Joy Parolari, Aloyse Hessburgh, Rose Helene Miller and Elise Zettel. (R to L) Sisters Pat Murphy, Mary C. Dundon, Sharon Roedl, Phyllis Grzeczka, Margie A. Thole, Liz Hoell & Christyn Willems. (R to L) Sisters Rosemary Bonk, Debra Sciano, Barbara Linke, Annora Polega and Laura Funk. (right to left) Beth Lambrecht, Fr. Kitzke and Archbishop Listecki. (right to left) Sister Rose Helene Miller, Sister Elise Zettel, Roy Rehme, Sister Dianne Perry & Sister Marcie Solms. (right to left) Sisters Catherine Jarema, Jan Gregorcich and Mary Swanson. (L to R) Sisters Carol Lesch, Suzanne Moynihan and Lucille Coughlin. Catherine Dulan, lector. Fr. Kitzke proclaimed the Gospel. Archbishop Listecki presented the homily. Archbishop Listecki presented the homily. Sister Marilyn Kesler, planned giving officer, offered the intercessions. Sister Mary Anne Owens, SSND CP provincial leader and Dr. Eileen Schwalbach served as the gift bearers. (front row, right to left) Sisters Marilyn Kelser, Marianne Kempa and Pat Murphy. Archbishop Listecki and Fr. Kitzke. Sisters Patty Rass, Joanne Poehlman, Linda Marie Bos, Paulina Raymond and Angela Amaka Ezugwu sang Holy Ground during communion. Reyes Gonzales (center), vice president for finance and administration and Sister Ellen Lorenz (right), professor of education. Dr. Eileen Schwalbach led the commissioning of the College community to live the central values of the mission. (right to left) Sisters Angela Amaka Ezugwu, Linda Marie Bos and Patty Rass. (L to R) Sisters Jacqueline Buckley, Susan Jordan, Helen Jane Jaeb, Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez & Mary Anne Owens. (L to R) Sisters Marie DeLourdes Larente, Helen Siwicki, Rosalyce Tinglof, Laura Funk & Annora Polega. (1st row, L to R) Sisters Marian Blong and M. Briant Foley; (2nd row, L to R) Laura Funk, Annora Polega, Barb Linke & Deb Sciano
In Joyful Hope Consecrated Life ConcertClick to view images A concert to celebrate the lives and ministries of religious men and women of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Sister Michelle Konieczny, CSSF, sang The Call from the Five Mystical Songs. Sister Debra Sciano, SSND, preformed The Prayer by Carole Bayer Sager & David Foster. The concert took place in the historic St. Joseph Chapel, near the School Sisters of St. Francis' motherhouse, in Milwaukee. The violinists and accompanist played Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Opus 3 No. 11. Charles Q. Sullivan directed the massed choir. Sisters Marianne Kempa, SSND, (1st row, 2nd left) and Joan Frey, SSND, (3rd row, 3rd left) preformed with the choir. Sisters Barbara Linke, SSND, (2nd row, 3rd left) and Doris Jean LeBrun, SSND, (2nd row, 4th left) preformed with the choir. Sister Barbara Linke, SSND, (2nd row, center) Sisters Debra Sciano, SSND, (2nd row, 4th right) and Jean Ellman, SSND, (2nd row, 2nd right) sang with the choir. Sisters Bernadette Luecker, SSSF, and Mary Louise Miller, SSSF played the handbells. Sisters Joan Frey, SSND (1st row, 2nd right); Patty Rass, SSND (2nd row, 3rd right); and Jean Ellman, SSND, (2nd row, 2nd right) Sister Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF, accompanist. Sister Patty Rass, SSND, (3rd row, center) The Capuchins preformed the Blessing of St. Francis. (left to right) Sisters Marianne Siegel, SSND; Elise Zettel, SSND; and Debra Sciano, SSND. (left to right) Sisters Patty Rass, SSND; Doris Jean LeBrun, SSND; and Barbara Linke, SSND. Sister Phyllis Marie Grzeczka, SSND, (2nd row, center) sang with the congregation.
Holiday Open House at Sancta Maria in RipaClick to view images A Holiday Open House was held on January 5 and 6 at the St. Louis campus. The SSND Choir, under the direction of Sister Gail Buckman. The Notre Dame Concert Choir performed two songs. The choir looked with joy at Sister Gail Buckman! The historic crib in the chapel. Sister Frances Ann Eveler shares her collection of nativity sets. A reception was held following the concert. The view from the former choir loft at Sunday's concert.
SSND Nativity ScenesClick to view images This crèche at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis is one of only three in the U.S. designed by sculptor Sebastian Osterrieder. The crib was purchased in the 1920s from Sebastian Osterreider, who specialized in making cribs in the eastern style. Villa Assumpta Chapel in Baltimore - decorated with trees, poinsettias and candles. This stained glass scene featuring the Holy Family is from Notre Dame Girls’ High School in Kyoto, Japan. Traditional Nativity on display at St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Miss. This large crèche is prominently displayed in the chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Conn. This crib set is from Notre Dame of Elm Grove, Wisconsin. The figures in this Nativity in the Province of Africa are made of banana leaves, wire and woven reeds. This display from Guam is representative of the traditional Belen (a miniature scene of Bethlehem). This needlepoint was begun by Sister Anthelma Polinska and finished by Sister Bernita Hessling in Chicago. This Nativity is a Christmas season highlight at Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. This expansive Nativity scene is at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel in Mankato, Minn.
Christmas at Mount Mary College 2012Click to view images Sisters Marie T. Nowakowski and Jan Gregorcich with student Alma Ramirez at the Global Partners Running Waters (GPRW) table. Sister Mary Rose Helene Miller was selling art cards, handmade and embroidered by sisters at Notre Dame of Elm Grove. Sister Suzanne Moynihan greeted one of the guests at the SSND resources table. Alma Ramirez and Sister Marie T. Nowakowski assisted with the GPRW table. A chorus sings Christmas carols. More carols by the chorus. Besides a visit with Santa Claus, children had fun with face painting. Fluffy friends could be purchased with contributions benefiting Children’s Hospital. Donations were also given for the Sikh Community in Milwaukee. Participants wrote their names on angel ornaments to be hung on the college Christmas tree. Liz and Ben Brzeski harmonized on an eclectic mix of music.
SSND 2012 Christmas Tree at the Shrine of Our Lady of the SnowsClick to view images This nativity scene was crafted of Mississippi River stones and driftwood. These deer are hand cut from paper and the ornaments make a home among the gifts of all creation. A delicate web created with gossamer-like threads glistens as the star crown for this tree. The evergreen branches gently hold brilliantly quilted bouquets of daisies and tulips. Garlands of foxes, squirrels and deer embrace the tree branches. Origami fish are found side-by-side amid sprigs of green, nuts and frosted pine cones.
Holiday Party for National GuardClick to view images Ten SSNDs in St. Louis were among the volunteers serving holiday treats to the National Guard. The party was held at Jefferson Barracks, which is located near the Sancta Maria in Ripa campus in St. Louis. Sisters Ruth Emke (left), Dorothy Scherer (middle) and Jean Schmid (right) Sisters Patricia Gravemann (left) and Nancy Becker (right) Sisters Nancy Becker and Virginia Meyer shared a laugh with others at the event. Sisters Dorothy Scherer (first from right), Jean Schmid (second from right) and Carol Marie Wildt (right) Sisters Carol Marie Wildt (left), a volunteer (middle) and Patricia Gravemann (right) A member of the National Guard received a yummy treat! Sisters Jean Schmid (second from left) and Carol Marie Wildt (third from left) Sisters Carol Marie Wildt (left), Patricia Gravemann (middle) and Nancy Becker (right) served some more people.
Foundation Day Celebration 2012Click to view images Sister Joann Bauer with students at Notre Dame Preschool in St. Louis. Sister Dorothy Venhaus visited with students Sister Carol Marie Hemish visited with students. Sister Valeria Beuke, who is an aide at the school, pictured here with students. Sister Paul Mary Draxler with a student. Sister Pat Hogan with a student. Sister Francine Rathouz with students. Sister Susan Birk and a student smiled for the camera. Sister Nicolette Karcher, an aide at the school. Sister Dolores Shea played a game with a student. A special luncheon was held at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis for the sisters and lay staff. Notre Dame Middle School, Milwaukee, celebrated the SSND Foundation Day with a Eucharistic Liturgy. Sister Joan Penzenstadler and Lea Rosenberg at the Ice Cream Social at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Lea Rosenberg, director of campus ministry. Sister Margie Weyers has a thoughtful conversation with a student. Sister Sylvia Hecht with a student. Sister Marianne Kempa smiled as she spoke with a student. A student and Sister Margie Weyers share a laugh. Sister Mary Swanson with students. Sister Angela Amaka Ezugwu. Sisters Ellen Jean Klein and Michael Marie Laux with a student. The sisters shared good conversation with the students. Sister Patty Rass enjoyed her ice cream with students. The students and sisters had a good time. Students and staff members of Notre Dame School in Dallas gathered for a special liturgy to celebrate. Students at Notre Dame School created some nice thank you cards for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
SSND Team Walks for a Special CauseClick to view images Team SSND joined 2,100 participants at Mount Mary College for the Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease. Team member, Wanda Kohloff, participated in the Zumba dance warm-up. Kathy Steele and Sue Grueninger, co-chairs of Team SSND hold up their SSND banner. Sisters and the wellness nurses posed for a picture. More team members posed for a picture.
Donor Liturgy and Brunch at Sancta Maria in RipaClick to view images Nearly 200 people attended this special Mass on Oct. 7 in support of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Music performed by sisters. The presider was Rev. Ron Chochol. God's Cause singers. Blessing the donors. Blessing the donors. Sister Dianne Perry, provincial councilor.
NDHS in Guam Commemorates International Day of PeaceClick to view images Sophomore, Kassidy Santos, reads the second reading. Sophomore, Anthony Reyes reads the first reading. Prayer service program. Theology Instructor, Hawley Iseke, leads prayer. Students offer up their intentions to God. Students offer up their intentions to God. Juniors, Mia Balajadia and Dominick San Nicolas offer up their intentions. Sophomore, Mariah Ulloa leads the sophomores in prayer. Students watch a video and reflect as they listen to the Prayer of St. Francis. Sister Jean Ann Crisostomo imparts words of wisdom and peace to students.
Donor Appreciation Mass & BrunchClick to view images The School Sisters of Notre Dame thanked their donors with a special event on Sept. 16, 2012. Donors have arrived at the event. Sisters Willene Grossaint and Ingrid Hamm seated at a table. Sister Dianne Perry, provincial councilor, and Sister Ingrid shared a moment. Sister Jene Louise Rechner with a donor. Sisters Monica Wagner and Joanne Armatowski took part in the procession. Rev. Byron Haaland, SCJ, presider and homilist for the liturgy, is seated. Sister Jana Roberts spoke at the podium. Sister Margaret Mary Dohms, cantor, and SSND Associate Gail Graczyk, organist. Sister Rita Schweitzer, flautist (on recorder) and Sister Marcia Zofkie, violinist. Colleen Mitchell, pastoral care manager, spoke at the podium. Sisters Margie Ann Thole and Janet Senderak. The group sang Our Father of the Mass. Communion time. The Eucharistic ministers pictured at the end the mass. Sister Caroline Jakubowski shared a moment with an attendee. Sister Gilda Sturino and donors smiled for the camera. Everyone took turns at the brunch counter. Kay Amland, director of resource development, spoke to the attendees. Sister Dianne spoke and expressed deep gratitude to all the donors. Sister Dianne warmly acknowledged Phyllis Hamann, a new Mother Caroline Society member. Sister Dianne presented Jim Healy, long-time NDEG volunteer, with the Helping Hands Award. Attendees took part in a tour of the beautiful Heritage Room.
Mary StatuesClick to view images Notre Dame Academy alumnae donated this statue of Our Lady of Grace in 1952 to Notre Dame Convent, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. Our Lady of Grace began welcoming pioneer sisters, candidates and boarders to the Canadian Motherhouse in 1927. Patroness of the former Dallas Province, Our Lady of Prompt Succor in St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, Miss. This statue of Our Lady of Good Counsel welcomes all who venture up Good Counsel Hill’s 217 steps in Mankato, Minn. This figure, entitled Take This Child and Make Him Grow, in Elm Grove, Wis., symbolizes the SSND educational mission. This statue, Our Lady of Fatima, was relocated to St. Louis when LeClerc College, in Belleville, Ill., closed in 1949. Our Lady of Grace, now at Kyoto Notre Dame University, was created in 1949 from a photo supplied by the sisters in Japan. This statue at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore was created to be a material expression of the theme of the Assumption. Mary, Mother, Model and Companion in the Novitiate Garden in Ghana, Africa, reminds us that we walk with Mary in our struggles. These statues are in the chapel at Villa Notre Dame, which was completed in 1961, in Wilton, Conn.
Celebrating a Century on the Hill 2012Click to view images This arrangement of the Good Counsel Academy banner, processional cross, ciborium and monstrance was displayed near the entrance The song Our Lady of Good Counsel was sung during the prelude. The procession down the center aisle of the chapel included sacred movement. The SSND heritage banners bobbed and swayed with the Litany of Saints opening song for the processional. Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, September 8, 2012, with the heritage banners ringing the altar. Mission of Mercy tree in the Gathering Space. All enjoyed a buffet-style chicken dinner, modeled after the Good Counsel Academy chicken dinner fundraisers. The kitchen staff prepares dessert for everyone attending – pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream. Sisters enjoyed good food and conversation. The Sundance Trio capped the day with a concert in the chapel.
Notre Dame High School Board Installation GuamClick to view images Our Lady of Fatima Statue in the Notre Dame Grotto. The Board members convene for a meeting before the ceremony on Aug. 24. Central Pacific Provincial Leader S. Mary Anne Owens, S. Jean Ann Crisostomo, Dolores Field '76 Principal Mariesha Cruz-San Nicolas welcomes the Board and special guests. Faculty member Gerard Sablan and Principal Mariesha Cruz-San Nicolas '93, provided musical accompaniment. New Board Member and Notre Dame Alumna, Dolores Field '76, reads the 1st reading. Vice Principal Roland San Nicolas presents the school seal. Central Pacific Provincial Leader S. Mary Anne Owens imparted words of wisdom and encouragement. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron and President of NDHS, Sister Jean Ann Crisostomo, SSND chat after the ceremony. Board Treasurer, Dana Russart and Board Vice Chair, Shawn Gumataotao converse after the ceremony. Student hosts assisted during the ceremony (from left): Christian Champaco, Addie Ferguson, Nicole Unpingco and Charice Esteban Board members.
Canadian Province Final CelebrationsClick to view images Employees gather for a prayer service in the Chapel and an opportunity to walk through the history of SSND employees since 1927. A model of the Motherhouse (now Notre Dame Convent - Waterdown) of the former Canadian Province. Sisters Pauline Girodat and Joan Liss don coats from the Northwest Territories, where they minister. Former members return to the Canadian Motherhouse for celebrations prior to the integration. Former members return to the Canadian Motherhouse for celebrations prior to the integration. Sisters Mary Heather MacKinnon, Delia Calis, Rose Mary Sander, Vivian Zoller, Jean Hartleib, Carla Marie McCarville, Rita Ryan
Sister Melissa Schreifels' profession of final vowsClick to view images Sister Jill Laszewski, director of temporary professed sisters, calls Sister Melissa forward to express her intent. Melissa gathers baptismal waters for the blessing. Sister Mary Anne Owens, Sister Melissa Schreifels and Rev. Chuck Swanson kneel during the Litany of the Saints. Sister Melissa’s nephew and nieces, (left to right) Grace, Joseph and Emma Smith, bring the gifts to the altar. Sister Melissa receives a final blessing. Sister Melissa leads the recessional. Sister Melissa with her family at the reception.
Jubilee Celebration at Sancta Maria in RipaClick to view images School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrating 25, 50, 60 and 70 years of vowed religious life on August 5 in St. Louis. Celebrating 60th Jubilee! Celebrating 70th and 25th Jubilees! (from left) Sisters Antonice Backes and Mary Essner Everyone gathered around in the Theresa Center Chapel, Sancta Maria in Ripa Sister Mary Anne Owens, SSND, provincial leader, led the renewal of vows. Congratulations! A gift from each former province of the Central Pacific Province was presented.
Service in the City Volunteer Program 2012Click to view images Steph Haas leads a class in some exercise. Steph Haas, Melea Shimkus and Sister Marcie Solms, SSND volunteer coordinator, join staff at MORE for lunch and conversation. Melea Shimkus and Sister Marion Welter look over the service schedule. Sister Marion Welter explains a part of the service schedule to Steph Haas and Melea Shimkus. Melea Shimkus tutors a newly arrived immigrant. Melea Shimkus tutors a newly arrived immigrant. Steph Haas, Melea Shimkus and Shoua Xiong, basic needs manager at MORE. Steph Haas and Melea Shimkus raise a glass of punch at Theresa Living Center’s annual picnic. Melea Shimkus and Steph Haas share a book with two children at the Theresa Living Center picnic. Sister Marcie Solms, Melea Shimkus and Steph Haas. Melea Shimkus and Steph Haas. The Notre Dame Center community provided hospitality during Service in the City. Melea Shimkus and two students from MORE. Melea Shimkus and a student review a photo during a session on digital camera use. Steph Haas emphasizes the importance of daily exercise to a class at MORE. Steph Haas helps a student with English sentence structure. Melea Shimkus and Steph Haas prepare a thank you meal for the hospitality community. Steph Haas, Sister Paulette Pass, Melea Shimkus and Sister Marion Welter take a break from a fun game of Nerts.
Sister Oyin-oza Asishana’s profession of final vowsClick to view images Sister Oyin-oza Asishana, SSND, of the Province of Africa, professed final vows on July 7 in Igarra, Edo State, Nigeria. Sister Oyin-oza with the presiding bishop. Sister Oyin-oza with the bishop and priests who presided at the Mass. Sister Oyin-oza with her parents. Sister Oyin-oza with parents at the Offertory. Girls dancing at vow ceremony. Sister Oyin-oza (far right) with provincial council of the Province of Africa. Sister Victoria Swanzy-Essien, provincial councilor of the Province of Africa, presenting the ring. Sister Oyin-oza with Sister Mary Kerber, provincial leader of the Province of Africa. Sister Oyin-oza making her final vows. Sister Oyin-oza signing her vow document. The congregation offers congratulations. SSNDs singing the Magnificat. Moving out to the reception. Dancing at the reception. Cutting the cake during the reception. Sister Oyin-oza (center) with her family. Sister Oyin-oza (center) with all SSNDs present.
Milwaukee Jubilee CelebrationClick to view images Jubilees celebrated their 25, 50, 60, 70 and 75 years of vowed religious life on June 11, 2012. Sister Barbara Linke enters this part of the procession. Sister Barbara Linke at the altar. Sister Sandra Weinke at the altar. Sister Mary Anne Owens, Provincial Leader of the Central Pacific Province. Sister Cecile Marie Lubniewska. The choir sings during the mass. Sister Liz Hoell. Father Michael Crisostomo. Sister Judy Fleisner gives the reflection. SSNDs and Associates in a choir. Sister Margaret Ellen Mahoney receives the cup during Communion. Sister Irene Stanczyk. The choir sings. The choir sings. A closing blessing from the Central Pacific Provincial Council.
Villa Notre Dame Jubilee CelebrationClick to view images Sisters Donita Mathis, Mary Juarez and Lorrita Verhey at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Connecticut. Sisters Mary Ellen Dougherty and Carleen Marie Cekal Sisters Catherine Gugerty and Magdalita Wyczalek Sisters Beatrice Zinger, Kathleen Boland, Marylin Fedy, Estelle Malleck and Celeste Swan Sister Peggy Juskelis pins a corsage on Sister Constance Carrigan Atlantic-Midwest Province Council members at the celebration Mass. Atlantic-Midwest Province Council members at the celebration Mass. Sister Rebecca Tayag receives the gifts during the Mass. At the Atlantic-Midwest Province Jubilee Celebration in Wilton, Conn. Sisters Constance Carrigan and Marie Rose Gustatus raise their glass in a toast. (from left) Sisters Miriam Patrick Cummings, Patricia Flynn and Mary Ellen Dougherty Golden Jubilarians from the Atlantic-Midwest Province. (from left) Sisters Carleen Cekal, Linda Stilling, Catherine Gugarty, Constance Carrigan, Marie Rose Gustatus and Brenda Lynch Sisters Amalia Menardi, Joannene Merendino, Marie Anna Moltz and Mary Juarez - celebrating 70 years professed! Sisters (left) Regis Krusniewski and (right) Dorothy Kunze Sister Patricia Hogan poses with another sister. Sisters Miriam Patrick Cummings and Joan Doyle Sister Joan Doyle (right) helps a Jubilarian with her corsage.
Chicago Jubilee CelebrationClick to view images Associate Kathi Barth and Sister Lori Keen at the celebration on June 3, 2012 Sisters Bea Ste Marie and Lorrita Verhey Sisters Cecile Marie Lubniewska, Mary Juarez and Maureen Clancy Sisters Donita Mathis and Dorothy Kunze Sisters Jean Francis Stenger and Elizabeth Marie Hoell Sister Joan McGovern At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago At the Jubilee Celebration in Chicago Sisters Kenneth Marie Kozal and Bea Ste. Marie Sister M. Jean Francis Stenger with her niece Sister Marlene Panko and Associate Karen Didier Sisters Maureen Riley, Miriam Patrick Cummings and Lori Keen Sisters Miriam Patrick Cummings and Joan McGovern
Sister Johanna Mignogno professes final vows as SSNDClick to view images Sister Johanna Mignogno made her final profession of religious vows on June 16 at the chapel of Villa Notre Dame in Baltimore. Sister Johanna Mignogno (center in blue) with her twin sister (in pink) and family as they prepare to process down the aisle. Sister Johanna Mignogno (center) teaches first grade at Cardinal Shehan School in Baltimore. The Rev. Patrick Besel, of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Baltimore, presided at the eucharistic liturgy. SSNDs sing during the ceremony Sister Dorothy Young presenting the Homily Sister Kathleen Cornell, provincial leader of the Atlantic-Midwest Province, officiated at the Rite of Religious Profession. Sister Hanna Mignogno (center), states her vows before Sister Patricia Murphy and SSND Provincial Leader Kathleen Cornell. Sister Hanna (right) signs her vows. Applause from sisters, families and friends At the reception after the ceremony. Sisters Hanna Mignogno and Dorothy Young at the reception after the ceremony. Sister Hanna Mignogno talks with Sisters Maria Iannuccillo, Pat Hammond and Carol Ann Graf Sister Hanna with her extended family, who attended the ceremony. Sister Hanna with her family at the reception Sisters Sharon Kanis and Grace Sciamanna at the reception At the reception following the ceremony. At the reception following the ceremony. At the reception following the ceremony. Sisters Bridget Waldorf and Hanna Mignogno At the reception following the ceremony. At the reception following the ceremony. Sisters Hanna Midgnogno and Charmaine Krohe at the reception following the ceremony.
SSND Associates Covenant Celebration May 2012Click to view images Sister Rosemary Bonk, SSND, gave the welcome and call to prayer. Sister Caroline Jakubowski, SSND, shared a reflection on Associate beginnings. The Provincial Councilor, Sister Katie Frank, SSND, accepted Pre-Associate Dianne Henke. Sisters shared their joy with laughter! Associate Kelly Lemens introduced participants in the initial covenanting. Kimberly Strelow is welcomed as an SSND Associate by Provincial Councilor, Sister Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez, SSND. Associate Kimberly Strelow received a warm welcome. Associate Jim Gill presented his covenant renewal paper to Sister Katie Frank. Associate Silver Jubilarians read the intercessory prayers. An associate led the recessional while he carried a Blessed Theresa banner. Sisters Carol Schmitz, Katie Frank, Jacqueline Buckley and Maria Elena Ferrer-Lopez. Silver jubilarians, associates and sisters all follow each other in a group. Silver Jubilarian, Associate Patricia Tocco is accompanied by Sister Mary Brigid O'Reilly. The group continued their march. Associate Kimberly Strelow and Sister Sylvia Hecht. Sister Caroline Jakubowski and Silver Jubilarian, Associate Josie Sutherland pose for a photo.
Earth Day CelebrationClick to view images The event on April 20 was sponsored by the SSND Green Habit Campaign and Sunseed Eco-Education Ministries. Lori Miracle, Hawks Nursery plant specialist, talks with Sisters Sylvia Hecht, SSND, and Joan Frances Giere, SSND. Sister Mary Willen Groissaint, SSND, checks out an Earth poem inscribed on a leaf hanging on the poetry tree. The Book Nook had a number of resources on display. SUNSEED Eco-Education Ministries Display. Clean Water Display. Lori Miracle, Hawks Nursery plant specialist, gave a presentation on Spring Container Gardens for Herbs and Flowers. Participants listened attentively. SSND Green Habits Campaign Display. The Four Corners of the World offered fair trade and earth-friendly items for purchase. Perusing the Four Corners of the World offerings. Display on the School Sisters of Notre Dame history and ministries. Almost a full house was present for the first gardening presentation. Lori Miracle recommended a variety of plants that are different sizes and a variety of colors. Sister Lucille Coughlin's, SSND, presentation was Mending & Fixing – Keeping Things New and Out of the Landfill. SSND Associate Marni Geissler shared about Square Foot Gardening. SSND Associate Marni Geissler and Sister Mary Gilda Sturino, SSND, share a laugh. Tim Dewane, director of JPIC, talks with Sister Rose Terkowitsch, SSND about how she can figure out what her carbon footprint is A visitor views the Green Habit Campaign Display. The Associates and Sisters meeting members came to see the resource displays. Sister Suzanne Moynihan, SSND, pauses to write a poem for the tree.
Wine and Chocolate SoireeClick to view images Decadent chocolate at the event on April 14 in Elm Grove, Wis. Wine station Kay Amland, director of mission advancement greets attendees Scrumptious desserts Cold appetizers Silent auction Attendees enjoying the great food! Hors d'voeuvres and meat Bon Appetit! Alterra Coffee was offered at the event. Kay Amland welcomes guests. Silent auction items. Some more silent auction items. Sisters Mary Faith Parkinson, SSND and Marie Estelle Kuczynski, SSND Sisters Linda Marie Bos, SSND and Margaret Mary Dohms, SSND. Sister Dianne Perry, SSND, provincial councilor, addresses attendees. Guests applaud Sister Dianne's presentation. Frogwater's Celtic music was upbeat and fun!
Loyola Chapel Dedication to Blessed TheresaClick to view images The chapel at Loyola Catholic School in Mankato, Minn., was dedicated to Blessed Theresa on April 26 Father Tim Biren, Loyola chaplain, is reading the proclamation honoring the 100th year of SSND on Good Counsel Hille Sisters lead the procession into the chapel During the Homily, Father Tim asks who is the oldest sister living on the Hill. Sister Mary Schilling is, at 100. Members of the Loyola Concert Choir lead the singing Intercessions were read by primary and intermediate students The gifts of bread and wine are ready Sisters Anita Kolles and Rosaleen Krebs and two Loyola kindergartners present the gifts of bread and wine to Father Tim. Father Tim leads the Loyola family in blessing the sisters Students, staff and guests bless the sisters The sisters, in turn, bless everyone assembled with a prayer Servers with the processional cross lead the recessional at the end of Mass Sister Mary Ann Osborne, SSND, made the new chapel sign, modeling it after the processional cross designed also by her.
Province of Africa Jubilee Celebration 2012Click to view images Sister Rosia Daisy, MSJ; Sister Delia Calis, SSND; Bishop Matthew Gyamfi; Sister Elis Viebeck, SSND; Sister Ignatia Buaben, HHCJ Sister Elis Viebeck, SSND, at the Sunyani Diocese celebration of Consecrated Life Day Sister Delia Calis, SSND, receives a gift of an African dress from a novice from the Handmaids of the Child Jesus Sister Delia Calis and Sister Elis Viebeck cut their cake during their Golden Jubilee celebration.
Way to Grow With SSNDClick to view images School Sisters of Notre Dame held their Way To Grow With SSND program on March 31 at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore Ten students, eight parents and 21 Sisters participated in the event. Students learned about SSND history and the sisters’ lives. Students participated in crafts and games. Students participated in crafts and games. Students toured the SSND Heritage Room. The program closed with a special Mass. The event provides a fun way for fifth, sixth and seventh graders to learn about the Sisters' lives.
Women's Leadership Luncheon in St. LouisClick to view images Table at the luncheon. Gift basket at the luncheon. Lunch is ready for the attendees. Group of attendees pose for a photograph. Sister Susan Jordan, SSND, a provincial councilor, spoke at the luncheon. About 80 people gathered to enjoy the delicious luncheon. Maureen Herrmann, president of Marian Middle School, spoke during the luncheon. Maureen Herrmann continued her speech. Sisters Marian McAvoy, Nancy Wittwer, Joan DiProspere, and Rosemary Hufker pose for a photo with Maureen Herrmann.
Women's Leadership Luncheon in MilwaukeeClick to view images Staff members from TYME OUT Youth Ministry and Retreat Center came together. Menu for the luncheon was all vegetarian and homemade. Barb Linke, SSND and Stella DeVenuta, OSF share a light moment. Kay Amland, director of mission advancement, welcomes luncheon guests. Joanne Armatowski, SSND, Notre Dame of Elm Grove administrator, leads the meal prayer. Guests enjoy a delicious luncheon. Ellen Lorenz, SSND, a Mount Mary College faculty member who served as president of the college, introduced the speaker. Participants listened attentively. They heard about the founding of Mount Mary College in 1913 - origins in Prairie du Chien. Eileen Schwalbach, president of Mount Mary College, spoke about how the School Sisters of Notre Dame moved Mount Mary College. Eileen Schwalbach spoke about how the college welcomed students to its Milwaukee campus in 1929. Eileen Schwalbach spoke about how Mount Mary College will become Mount Mary University in 2012. Eileen Scwalbach draws the card of the winner of the gift basket. Clare Dundon was the lucky winner. Each participant was invited to take a soft rubber globe from the table centerpieces. The small globes have an imprint of the School Sisters of Notre Dame logo and website and is used for stress reduction. Clare Dundon and Mary Catherine Dundon, SSND, paused for this picture after the luncheon. Attendees greeted Eileen Schwalbach after her presentation. Joanne Armatowski, SSND, Kay Amland, Debra Marie Sciano, SSND, and Eileen Schwalbach shared some conversation after the program. The members of the mission advancement department: Kay Amland, LaDonna Borth, Wanda Kohloff and Colleen O'Donnell
SSND Associate CovenantingClick to view images Marge Lawlor and Sister Dorothy Kunze at the SSND Associate Covenanting Chicago-area Associates on Feb. 26 Sisters Cabrini Ganz and Bernita Hessling Sister Gilmary Lemberg, Kimberly Grady, Rochelle Sims, Marie Vance Sisters Lucy Giacchetti, Cabrini Ganz Kimberly Grady, Pat Bogie Lois Scherer giving a reflection Associates and Sisters during the service Kimberly Grady, Guadalupe Preston, S. Lucy Giacchetti – Kim and Lupe are making their first covenants at this time Associates recovenanting Associates recovenanting Associates recovenanting Sister Bernita Hessling, Katie Davis Sister Jane Forni, Sister Mary Ann Bazata, Sister Lupita Marie Cordero, Sister Mary Juarez, Rochelle Sims, Marie Vance Karen Didier Sisters Mary Martin Colbert, Miriam Patrick Cummings, Julie Wiegard, Jeanne Landry Ida Milam, Katie Davis, Sister Lupita Marie Cordero, Sister Mary Juarez Sister Mary Ann Bazata, Karen Didier, Sister Caritas Wehrman, Sister Carolyn Jost, Kathi Barth, Sister Jane Forni Pat Bogie, signing her recovenanting certificate
Scenes from a Day at the CSWClick to view images On the train just after 7 a.m. for the 45 minute ride from the convent in Queens to the United Nations Sisters Eileen Reilly and Roxanne Schares use the train ride to discuss their schedules for the day. S. Roxanne Schares, S. Judy Bourg, Julie Tatlock and S. Eileen Reilly wait for the their subway train Sisters Eileen Reilly and Roxanne Schares consult with Father Mike Lasky, NGO representative for Franciscans International. Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, introduces the session, Exposing the Doctrine of Discovery: A Call to Healing and Hope. Jasmine Bostock, a native Hawaiian, explains the history of the Doctrine of Discovery. Nellie Adkins and Jasmine Bostock display banner during a discussion of the Pamunkey Project in Virginia Denise Bergie discusses the environmental issues that are common on reservations. The Doctrine of Discovery session concluded with a traditional Song for Healing and a Strong Woman Song. Sean Southey introduces the training workshop: "Communicating the Heart of a Woman to Motivate Social Change" Brenda Campos, program director, shares examples of how Media Impact successfully uses storytelling to inspire change Rosalee Keech, UN observer for the League of Women Voters, introduces the session "Empowering Women Politically to End Poverty." Diana Perez Baron, fellow with the Global Competitive Leadership Program, Georgetown U., discusses her experiencess in Columbia. Begona Lasagabaster, political advisor for UN Women, answers questions at the end of the session on Empowering Women Politically Sister Eileen Reilly talks with Sister Joan Kirby, RSCJ, NGO representative for the Temple of Understanding Venerable Chung Ohun Lee, executive director, UN & Interreligous Work, Won Buddhism International, discusses women's empowerment
Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Mary's Visitation Grade SchoolClick to view images Among those present was Sister Betty Uchytil, who was the last in a 140-year line of SSNDs working at the school. Faculty at St. Mary's Visitation presented each sister with a yellow rose. At the celebration, faculty and students honored School Sisters of Notre Dame for their years of service in education. St. Mary's Visitation School in Elm Grove, WI was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1859. Mass ends with a group picture of School Sisters of Notre Dame sisters, St. Mary's Visitation faculty and staff.
International Human Rights Day ReflectionClick to view images The gathering began with a welcome and singing of O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Sister Dorothy Land makes an announcement before the prayer service. Attendees recited the prayer during the prayer service. Sister Rita Schweitzer plays the recorder during the prayer service. Attendees recited the prayer during the prayer service. Sisters Jan Gregorcich and Carol Lesch share poems for reflection. Sisters Jan Gregorcich and Carol Lesch share insights regarding human rights day, the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Sisters Waltermarie Ray and Niva Langreck speak up for human dignity and act to end discrimination in all its forms. Sisters Waltermarie Ray and Niva Langreck closed with a prayer and sign of peace. Sister Vicki Jean Chambers, archivist in Elm Grove, speaks at the podium. Sister Rita Schweitzer plays her recorder. Sister Ginny Mary Reichard speaks at the podium. Tim Dewane, Director of Shalom - Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation, speaks at the podium.
Christmas at Mount Mary CollegeClick to view images Alums, students and families gathered for this annual event on December 7. Sister Barb Linke, vocation director, visits with a guest. People peruse the table of printed resources about SSND ministries. (From left) Sister Marie Therese Nowakowski, Associate AnnMarie Trautwein and Sister Jan Gregorcich look at items on table. Sister Josephe Marie Flynn, author of Rescuing Regina signed books and visited with attendees. Sister Josephe Marie Flynn discusses her book with an attendee. Sister Jean-Andrew of Storylore intrigued youngsters with her storytelling. Sister Jean-Andrew of Storylore intrigued youngsters with her storytelling. Sister Jean-Andrew of Storylore intrigued youngsters with her storytelling.
SSND Christmas TreeClick to view images SSND Christmas Tree at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Sister Josephine Niemann, SSND Sister Frances Ann Eveler, SSND Tree design based on the book, "In God's Name"
SOA Watch in GeorgiaClick to view images Sisters Barbara Bacak and Barbara Linke prepare a table with information about School Sisters of Notre Dame and ministries. Sisters Barbara Bacak and Niva Langreck greeted participants. Students from the University of Notre Dame came by to meet School Sisters of Notre Dame. Puppetistas procession More of the puppetistas Friends of SSND stop to say hello. A group from Wisconsin takes part in Sunday's solemn march. Participants carry crosses with the names of people killed by SOA graduates. Actor Martin Sheen walked with and addressed the marchers. The people with white make-up and black robes represent those who have been killed. They led the solemn march.
Donor Mass in Chicago - Oct. 9, 2011Click to view images An appreciation for generous donors of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and featuring artwork by Sister Gilmary Lemberg Artwork from Sister Gilmary Lemberg's exhibit "Sacred Work - Creative Spirit" Artwork from Sister Gilmary Lemberg's exhibit "Sacred Work - Creative Spirit" Artwork from Sister Gilmary Lemberg's exhibit "Sacred Work - Creative Spirit" Artwork from Sister Gilmary Lemberg's exhibit "Sacred Work - Creative Spirit" Sisters Judy Schaum and Claire Marie Czerwiec Sister Gilmary Lemberg Sister Judy Schaum Sister Lupita Cordero and guests Sister Maggie Buehler (center) viewing the art exhibit Marge Carroll, Alumnae Board President of Academy of Our Lady Longwood Sister Gilmary Lemberg and Fran Gregory
11th Day Prayer for Peace - September 11Click to view images Sisters, staff and friends gathered at the Peace Pole at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minn. Participants sang "Dona Nobis Pacem" (Grant Us Peace) in round. A time of quiet reflection at the Peace Pole. Sister Julie Brandt exchanges a greeting of peace. The gathering concluded with the singing of "Let There Be Peace On Earth."
Ongoing Renewal ProgramClick to view images SSNDs in the 2011 international renewal program in Nairobi, Kenya, Sisters Joyce, Maria, Rosemary and Maria - the planning team for the renewal program Sisters Dawida, Carolyn, Mary, Kim and Shawnee at the renewal program Sisters Dawida, Dorothy and Carolyn at the renewal program Sisters Stephanie, Maria and Shawnee at the renewal program Preparing to spend a day in ministry in Nairobi, Kenya Sister Shawnee with Kenyan children during the day spent at ministry sites in Nairobi Sister Anne with a Kenyan child during the day spent at ministry sites in Nairobi Sister Grace with a Kenyan child during the day spent at ministry sites in Nairobi Sisters tertian Dorothy, Shawnee and Kim Shopping in the market in Nairobi At the Nairobi Game Park
Where We ServeClick to view images A Caroline Center tutor and students Student at Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, N.J. Sister Jean Ellman, principal of Notre Dame Middle School in Milwaukee, teaches geometry. Sister Joan DiProspere congratulates several of the girls who graduated from Marian Middle School in St. Louis this past May. A teacher at Notre Dame Preschool in St. Louis interacts with her students. Boys and girls in sixth through eighth grades belong to the after-school Choir Club at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore. Sister Miriam Therese Kanaya interacts with some of her students at the Child Care Center in Bandipur, Nepal. Programs at Caroline Center in Baltimore include skills training and GED tutoring. Sisters Joan Liss and Pauline Girodat at Our Lady of Good Hope Church, about 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle Sister Mary Beck examines the corn’s growth in the vegetable garden at SUNSEED Eco-Education Center in Mount Calvary, Wis. Sister Gail Buckman, a teacher at St. Gabriel School in St. Louis, directs sisters and lay women from different congregations. Sister Roxanne Schares speaks with a representative from Oxfam at the a U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting. SSNDs and friends highlight their care for Earth by taking part in the Firemen’s Parade and Picnic in Mount Calvary, Wis. A student concentrates on her studies at Progressive Education Program, Inc. (PEPI) in New Iberia, La.
Inauguration and Council InstallationClick to view images The first Provincial Council of the new Province of Africa - Sisters Victoria Swanzy-Essien, Mary Kerber and Grace Okon. Chapel at the Divine Word Catholic Conference Center, Adoagyiri-Nsawam, Ghana Some of the SSND guests at the inauguration of the Province of Africa on Aug. 28, 2011, gather for a photo. Sister Mary Maher, SSND general superior (center), with general council members Sisters Irenea Ksiazak and Carol Jean Dust Sister Mary Maher, general superior, (right) at the ceremony in Africa Sister Mary Maher, general superior, with members of the new province council team Sister Mary Kerber sat on this traditional Ghanaian stool three times to symbolize her being invested with leadership authority. Sister Mary Kerber being seated on the traditional stool of authority A baby doll was brought in as a symbol of the sisters’ love and commitment to the new province. The new council received the African symbol of unity to remind them to lead the sisters to stay united in a divided world. Sister Cecilia Gros with the symbol of unity A common cloth called an ashobi was designed with the SSND logo to show their SSND unity. The border has an Adinkra symbol from the Ashanti region of Ghana. This is known as the Gye Nyame, meaning “except for God." SSNDs of the new province present for the celebration wearing specially printed cloth, a tradition for special occasions Sisters Angela Amaka Ezugwu, Paulina Raymond, Patricia Rass and Eunice Uwer Dagi hosted a celebration in Milwaukee. SSNDs in Milwaukee recite a Psalm for Africa during their celebration. SSNDs in Milwaukee celebrated the formation of the new province with a prayer service and cake.