September 26, 2022
Beginnings are not without their challenges. When School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) founded missions at parish schools, they would never know what type of situation they were getting into. The sisters could be warmly received by the community, met with open hostility or every other possibility in between. Opening missions in states with an existing SSND presence could be...Read more
September 23, 2022
The Sonoran Desert, nestled in the southeast corner of Arizona, is a challenging environment of blistering hot days and chilly nights, mountainous terrain and dangerous animals. These obstacles make for a perilous journey for migrants, who are often unprepared for such hazards as they make their way towards the U.S.-Mexico border. Tragically, since the year 2000, nearly 4,000 men, women,...Read more
September 21, 2022
We take time during the Season of Creation to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21. Peace and right relationships are essential to promoting a culture of life and oneness with all creation. Achieving true peace entails much more than the laying down of arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel they can flourish....Read more
September 19, 2022
During National Migration Week, there is an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is inextricably connected to the immigrant experience. SSND initially came to the U.S. as immigrants to respond to the educational needs of German immigrants. For...Read more
September 13, 2022
This month, Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia will participate in the Transforming Education Summit, September 16-19, during the 77th Session of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly. As the SSND non-governmental organization (NGO) representative at the U.N., Sister Beatriz works with other NGOs to bring a variety of urgent needs related to dignity of life and care for creation to the attention...Read more
August 29, 2022
September 1-October 4 Season of Creation prayer  |  |  SSND Laudato Si’ Commitment The Season of Creation begins September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology. Season of Creation is a time when we renew our relationship with God and...Read more
August 25, 2022
For the next year, the staff at the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives will celebrate the past 175 years of SSND history in North America 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 in the United States and Canada. This month’s feature...Read more
August 22, 2022
Sister Marcianne Bzdon is a teacher at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling, Illinois. In her blog, Sister’s Spin, she shares this reflection on the upcoming school year. “‘…The time has come,’ the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax — Of cabbages — and kings —…’” So spoke the imaginative...Read more
August 16, 2022
In 1965, Mother Georgianne Segner, the provincial for the Dallas Province, was traveling to Wilton, Connecticut, to attend the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Conference. The SSND-ECs were annual events where North American sisters would attend lectures on various topics related to education and teaching. Along the way she had a very interesting encounter. The following was recorded in...Read more
July 31, 2022
“Yesterday, Friday, July 30 [1847], at five in the evening, we set foot on solid ground for the first time in America – in New York.” Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger wrote these words at the end of the long and arduous trip from Munich to New York. She left Bavaria with the intention of establishing a motherhouse in a...Read more