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August 25, 2022
By Tim Cary, Processing Archivist Transforming the world through education. The ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) is meaningful to the people they teach. The words are also important to the sisters themselves. Prior to the early 1950s, teaching sisters got relatively little formal training before being placed into the classroom. They met the same standards that...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
June 23, 2022
Margaret Wessels was born January 8, 1902 in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the congregation in 1919 and was given the religious name Eulogia. Sister Eulogia professed her first vows in 1923 and for the next 40 years, she worked primarily as an elementary school teacher in Missouri, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana. When Sister Eulogia entered the congregation, teachers were...Read more
June 17, 2022
by Sister Stephanie Spandl, SSND   “What’s a vocation? Who has one?” (Hint: we all do!) These were a couple of the opening questions Sisters Jill Laszewski and I asked 17 students at St. Jerome’s Catholic School in Maplewood, Minnesota. Thanks to the efforts of Sister Audrey Lindenfelser who ministers at the school, we received an invitation, as members of...Read more
June 16, 2022
Eight students from Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA), a SSND sponsored school located in Demarest, New Jersey, recently participated in a Mission Awareness Process (MAP) experience near the Texas-Mexico border. The group split time between San Antonio and McAllen, Texas, from June 13-18. Under the guidance of Sister Regina Palacios, the students volunteered at several migrant facilities and heard...Read more
May 26, 2022
Why is Sister Virginia Grumlich hanging out with actor Robert Young? The story is simple. In 1969, the Preparatory Institute of Notre Dame in Sunland, California closed. The following year, the SSND and the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation established what became known as Tierra del Sol, a program originally conceived to be an alternative to training in a sheltered workshop....Read more
May 8, 2022
We celebrate the Feast Day of our foundress Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger on May 9, the anniversary of her death. In the 143 years since she was called home to God, the spirit and vision of Blessed Theresa continue to inspire the School Sisters of Notre Dame and all who join us in mission. As we take time to...Read more
May 6, 2022
World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed Sunday, May 8, 2022. It is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond...Read more