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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
1. 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...Read more
November 8, 2021
We, the believers of the different religions, know that our witness to God benefits our societies. The effort to seek God with a sincere heart…helps us recognize one another as travelling companions, truly brothers and sisters.  –FRATELLI TUTTI 274   This article first appeared in the 2021 Trust & Dare magazine. School Sisters of Notre Dame first arrived in The...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
February 24, 2021
(Wild Quincy recently highlighted this story in a podcast and blog. To learn more about the fire and Sister Theotima, listen here and/or read the corresponding blog.) by Sister Carol Marie Wildt, SSND On December 22, 1899, 50 students at St. Francis Solanus School in Quincy, Illinois, were eagerly preparing for the Christmas program scheduled for December 26. The dress...Read more
February 23, 2021
On February 4, 2021, Sister Mary Ann Kuttner received an unexpected surprise during a virtual meeting with members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) Central Pacific and Atlantic-Midwest Provincial Councils. She was told that the councils wanted to honor the members of the Archives Task Force in creating the SSND North American Archives (NAA) in Milwaukee. The real...Read more
December 15, 2020
By Michele Levandoski, SSND Archivist The practice of women religious receiving a new name started as early as the sixth century. “The idea springs from God changing Abram’s name to Abraham to signify the covenant between them (Genesis 17:3-9). A religious name signifies the adoption of a new life; the replacement of family identity with a religious one.”[1] Naming customs...Read more
September 28, 2020
During the midst of a global health crisis, requiring unprecedented social distancing: orders to stay at home; the closing of schools and public venues including restaurants, museums and theaters; cancellation of large events, gatherings and liturgical celebrations; restrictions on travel and visitation of loved ones at their birth and their death; it is uncertain how long this “new normal” will...Read more
June 4, 2020
We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government officials have ordered people to stay at home, schools have been cancelled, millions of people have lost their jobs and wearing face masks in public is the new normal. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have died from the virus. This feels new and unfamiliar, but this is not the...Read more