Interesting Firsts

By Michele Levandoski, Archivist

Let’s begin 2023 by celebrating trailblazing School Sisters of Notre Dame. This month we highlight sisters who were the first or the only in the congregation who held certain distinctions, such as earning a Ph.D., serving as a college president or getting a chauffer’s license.

Note: Every attempt has been made to correctly identify the “first” in the categories below. However, the earliest records for SSND in North America are sparse. For some categories, it is more accurate to say that the first sister is the first sister identified as holding that distinction.

This article is part of the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives' 175th anniversary celebration of SSND arriving in North America. Since July 2022, the staff at the North American Archives has celebrated this milestone each month by highlighting a particular sister, event or mission that has a unique place in the congregation’s history in the United States and Canada. Read all of the 175th anniversary stories here.