We work actively, especially in our local situations, to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.”- YOU ARE SENT, SSND Constitution
Committed to promoting the culture of life
As educators with a global vision, the School Sisters of Notre Dame strive to create a global community where human dignity is respected, all creation is treasured, spirituality is nourished and justice is accomplished. In other words, we commit ourselves to promote the culture of life. We actively work to enhance just structures that foster fullness of life and to change unjust structures that inhibit it.
This commitment is reflected in the work of the Shalom – Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation ministry. Shalom is the Hebrew word for Peace. Shalom is also the word School Sisters of Notre Dame use to describe our international network for justice, peace and integrity of creation. Click to learn more about about our extensive Shalom network and areas of concern.
Committed to integral ecology
SSNDs are committed to the principle of integral ecology as described by Pope Francis in Laudato Si': “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. … Given the scale of change, it is no longer possible to find a specific, discrete answer for each part of the problem. It is essential to seek comprehensive solutions which consider the interactions within natural systems themselves and with social systems. We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”