School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) were founded in 1833 in Bavaria by Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. Our mission is to proclaim the good news as SSND, directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. Today we are an international congregation of women religious with nearly 2,000 sisters serving in 27 countries. Learn more at Gerhardinger.org.
Archdiocese of Chicago
Sister Marcianne Bzdon (left) assists Sister Jeanne McGue with her corsage to celebrate her 80th Jubilee in Chicago, June 2023.
>> Read about Sister Maureen Clancy advocating for patient rights.
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Diocese of Springfield
(Left to right) Sisters Carol Jean Hecht, Michelle Emmerich (in frame), Connie Schmidt and Carol Jean Dust celebrated their Jubilees at St. Anthony's in Effingham, April 2023.
>>Read about how Sister Jane Boos works against human trafficking.
Diocese of Belleville
Some sisters in the Diocese of Belleville (middle: Sister Nancy Flamm and right: Sister Theresa "Tess" Markus) recently gathered with alumnae of the now closed Academy of Notre Dame to honor all SSND who taught there.
>> Read about the Academy of Notre Dame reunion in Belleville, August 2023.