The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) condemn the military action in Ukraine and the suffering it is causing. SSND in Eastern Europe are responding to the needs of the refugees, mostly women and children, who are fleeing into neighboring countries to escape the ravages of the war. SSND are providing food, accommodations and the many necessities needed by refugees who left home with only what they could carry.
In addition to prayer, please consider giving a donation to support SSND working in Eastern Europe. Donations can be given online or by check. If paying by check, please write “Ukraine” in the memo section.
To support those who must remain in Ukraine, the SSND recommend donations to Caritas Internationalis or Jesuit Relief Services. Both are trusted organizations that are providing vital assistance into Ukraine, neighboring countries and throughout Europe.
Prayer is fundamental to the transformation of persons and the world. It renews our relationship with God and awakens our minds and hearts to transform our relationships with ourselves, others, and all creation. School Sisters of Notre Dame call for peace and reconciliation through prayer.
In communities designated as Shalom Centers of Prayer for Peace, sisters throughout the world pray each day of every month for peace and commit to being actively involved in peace building. Join us as we pray for peace in ourselves, in our homes, and in our world.
you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turns our minds to thoughts of peace in this time of war.
We pray that enemies begin to speak to one another;
that those who are estranged join hands in friendship;
that nations seek the way of peace.
Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live.
Give to us: understanding that puts an end to strife;
mercy that quenches hatred;
and forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live your law of love.