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January 27, 2022
From the archivist at the School Sisters of Notre Dane North American Archives: The original story behind this spoon was that Mother Caroline Friess brought it with her from Germany when she emigrated to the United States in 1847. The issue, however, is that it was engraved with the following: “Ven. Mother M. Caroline.” When Mother Caroline came to the...Read more
January 12, 2022
“All Christians and people of good will are today called to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, legal or illegal, in all its forms, but also to work for the improvement of prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their freedom. I would link this to life imprisonment… A life...Read more
December 10, 2021
In 2015, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ inspired and urged the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of the climate emergency and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations. The School Sisters of Notre Dame has a long history of working for the care of creation and...Read more
December 9, 2021
On Wednesday, December 8, a new Atlantic-Midwest Provincial Council was installed during a ceremony at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, Md. The ceremony appointed the following Sisters to a four-year term: Sister Charmaine Krohe, Provincial Leader Sister Mary Roy Weiss, Provincial Councilor/Vicar Sister Paula Dukehart, Provincial Councilor Sister Mary Fitzgerald, Provincial Councilor Sister Nancy Gilchriest, Provincial Councilor Sister Margaret Malone, Provincial Councilor...Read more
December 2, 2021
Click here for SSND resources on human trafficking A different kind of epidemic Effingham sits at the crossroads of two major U.S. interstates in the middle of rural Illinois. For a population of 12,500, there is an overabundance of truck stops, gas stations, restaurants and hotels; a great number of travelers just pass through on a daily basis. There is...Read more
November 22, 2021
During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, Advent calendars have become a popular tradition in many families. Oftentimes, there are small gifts or candy behind each door of an Advent calendar, but School Sisters of Notre Dame sisters and associates encourage you and your family to try something different this year– a reverse Advent basket. The idea is simple....Read more
November 15, 2021
Our name only tells part of the story. We minister in formal education AND we are also spiritual directors, pastoral ministers, youth ministers, artists, companions to prisoners, the homeless, immigrants/refugees, advocates for the marginalized and much more! For us, education means enabling people to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to...Read more
October 22, 2021
Every year on October 24, the congregation celebrates Foundation Day On October 24, 2021, we celebrate 188 years as the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) while remembering the strength and commitment of our foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. Blessed Theresa established the congregation in 1833 in Neunburg vorm Wald, Bavaria. Just 14 years later, she responded to a...Read more
October 15, 2021
>>Click here for a recording of the session. Chicago area members of Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) invite you to the third annual Meet Our Sisters Tour (MOST), a collaborative event during National Vocation Awareness Week (November 7-13, 2021) to raise awareness of the vast presence of Catholic sisters who live and serve in Chicagoland. The “tour” is open to...Read more
May 9, 2019
On May 9, we celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger (1797-1879), foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Download a prayer for Blessed Theresa’s Feast Day. Read “Today in the Congregation, past, and present” post on this Feast Day. Greetings from around the world!    ...Read more