January 25, 2023
By Michele Levandoski, Archivist Let’s begin 2023 by celebrating trailblazing School Sisters of Notre Dame. This month we highlight sisters who were the first or the only in the congregation who held certain distinctions, such as earning a Ph.D., serving as a college president or getting a chauffer’s license. Note: Every attempt has been made to correctly identify the “first”...Read more
December 28, 2022
Human trafficking is present in every state and province the School Sisters of Notre Dame live and minister. This modern-day slavery comes in many forms, including forced labor, forced prostitution, debt bondage and forced marriage. And while human trafficking often occurs unseen by us, we can all play a part in eradicating human trafficking through prayer, education, advocacy, survivor services...Read more
December 21, 2022
This article is part of the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives’ 175th anniversary celebration of SSND arriving in North America. For the next year, the staff at the North American Archives will celebrate this milestone by highlighting SSND “firsts.” Each month will focus on a particular sister, event or mission that has a unique place in the congregation’s history...Read more
December 9, 2022
As we enter this holy time of preparing our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ, we undoubtedly get caught up in the nuances of the holiday season. From decorating our homes to finding the perfect gift for loved ones, the Christmas season is often associated with excess and overindulgence, making it difficult to follow the Laudato Si’ commitment...Read more
December 6, 2022
By Sister Pat Lange Words, whether written or spoken, can mirror the best in our human species, or serve as destroyers of all that is good and holy. This is a universal reflection, for words are spoken or written in languages that cover our planet. Words can turn the world upside down. Not all words have a brief shelf life;...Read more
December 2, 2022
One way the School Sisters of Notre Dame express their mission of unity is to enable people to reach the fullness of their potential. Sometimes, as is the case at SisterHouse in Chicago, Illinois, that means giving a second chance to reach that potential. SisterHouse, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, offers a temporary home to women seeking recovery from...Read more
November 28, 2022
“Jubilees are cause for special celebration and provide opportunity for renewal and recommitment. Jubilee calls us to express our gratitude to God and to our jubilarian sisters for their faithful love which encourages us to greater fidelity.” ~ You Are Sent, General Directory, 123b Each year, the School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate significant anniversaries of our sisters’ first profession of...Read more
November 22, 2022
By Tim Cary, Archivist School Sisters of Notre Dame – it’s in the name. The congregation is well known for the excellence of its teachers. That remains true however, the sisters are also known for the breadth of their gifts. Vatican II urged religious to open their windows to a changing world and to examine ministries that engaged in activities...Read more
November 9, 2022
When it was time for Nkiruka Geraldine to consider a future career choice, she had to look no further than the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) guiding and challenging her at Notre Dame Secondary School (NDSS) in Mkar, Benue State, Nigeria. Geraldine followed their example and became a teacher, ready to be that same positive influence for the next...Read more
November 4, 2022
SSND education is transforming lives in Milwaukee School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) have responded to urgent needs in their communities for nearly 190 years. As time passes and sisters transition to new roles, the role of lay people continues to grow. This has allowed SSND to partner with a variety of organizations and institutions that embrace the mission and...Read more