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Sister Nancy Gilchriest, SSND
I was educated by School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) in elementary and secondary schools. After college, while teaching with sisters, I discerned that God was calling me to religious life. Since then, I’ve been privileged to teach in high schools and colleges. In 2015, I was blessed to join the SSND North American Vocation Team and have enjoyed these two ministries, teaching and vocations, since then. The best way to describe my religious life is “Awed by the mystery of God’s action in our midst, we gratefully celebrate life.” (You Are Sent, SSND Constitution paragraph 7.) I love being an SSND and it would be a privilege to help you recognize the mystery of God’s action in your midst.
Sister Carol Jean Dust, SSND
“We are called and sent to deepen communion with God and among people wherever we are…” These words from our SSND Constitution reflect my call to religious life and the journey henceforth. Taught by our sisters from primary school forward, I tasted their joy, their love for one another, their dedication to people they served. God’s call was revealed to me in that life experience. Sent then in mission, the call to deeper unity of all in God has always captured my heart – serving in the U.S., Honduras, and ministering around our international congregation. You are, too, invited to be one with us!
Sister Jill Laszewski, SSND
What I love about SSND is our shared life in mission, where prayer, community life, and ministry are part of the whole of our lives. We are called daily to embody Christ’s love, to care for the “other,” especially the marginalized, and to transform lives through education, all to bring about the oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. Vocation discernment is a process that takes time, prayer, involves others, explores deep questions, and calls for deepening trust. Ultimately, my heart found a home with SSND, and I am grateful. Are you listening for God’s call?
Sister Stephanie Spandl, SSND
“Because God first loved us, we respond in love…” (You Are Sent, C 10). Love is at the heart of our call as School Sisters of Notre Dame – love for God, love for others and love for all creation. Living out this love together in community, locally and internationally, witnessing to unity in our divided world, and together making “God’s cause the only concern of our hearts” in our times, is what drew me and continues to sustain me as an SSND. How are you called to respond to God’s love? I am happy to accompany you on the journey of discerning your response.
Sister Bridget Waldorf, SSND
What continues to draw me to the School Sisters of Notre Dame is the idea of relationship – relationship with the Triune God, my sisters in community and with all Creation. Our spirituality originates from a deep desire for relationship with God. As one of our General Superior’s wrote, “holiness demands that we respond faithfully to God’s call by following Christ through loving God with our whole heart, mind, soul and being, and through loving our neighbor as ourselves.” This is what excites me – to be missioned in community for this call to holiness and for the life of the world. If you’re wanting to talk about your call to holiness, I am open to doing that with you.
SISTER IRENE BROOKMAN ARTHUR
I joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame because of my desire to devote my entire life to the service of God and all of Creation in every respect. I have received so much love and care that moves me to share my gifts through education in its broader sense and to strive for unity wherever I find myself. Do you hear the tiny whisper of the Spirit in your heart calling you to dedicate your life for God’s creation? Then SSND is the place for you to unwrap your gifts and pursue God’s cause! I live in Ghana, West Africa.
SISTER RUTH MORI
I like the SSND spirit, discerning the signs of the time communally, one heart and one soul, internationality, and the innovative way to follow Jesus. In spite of our individual smallness and powerlessness, I have a hope in our collective future. For Jesus will be with us as he said and makes us his yeast to work and to realize a better world for all people and for all creation. I think that this is calling each of us to work with him for it. I am happy to discern with you a call to religious life.