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Life as I Know It in Eggenburg

Sisters Martha Bertsch, Helen Plum and Jean Greenwald teach refugee boys in Eggenburg, Austria. June 19, 2017 – Sister Jean Greenwald reflects upon her time teaching immigrants and refugees English in Eggenburg, Austria. She and Sister Helen Plum will be there at least one year to help refugees assimilate into Austrian culture. Sister Jean explains their daily situation in Eggenburg. How do I welcome the stranger? >MORE



Prison ministry sister featured in Global Sisters Report

June 15, 2017 – Sister Rose Rita Huelsmann was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her work with the Criminal Justice Ministry in St. Louis. She served as the coordinator of volunteers for the ministry, which provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated people in the St. Louis area. Sister Rose Rita recently retired after 13 years, but hopes she can still work towards prison reform. Read more about Sister Rose Rita’s work.



Notre Dame of Quincy celebrates 150th anniversary

June 12, 2017 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate their 150th anniversary in Quincy, Illinois. The anniversary was celebrated with a Mass in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., to honor the sisters for their commitment to education and formation in the area. SSNDs arrived in 1859 when Mother Caroline Friess explored opportunities for sisters to educate German immigrants. In 1867, SSNDs opened the Covenant School of the Infant Jesus, now Quincy Notre Dame High School. Learn more about SSNDs’ impact on Quincy, Ill.



Sister received honorary doctorate

Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate from Aquinas Institute for Theology.June 12, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at S. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. She received the Doctorate of Humane Letters for her work as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Ministry. What is my impact on this world? >MORE



SSND ministries recognized for collaboration in St. Louis

June 8, 2017 – Marian Middle School and the English Tutoring Project were featured in the Global Sisters Report for their collaborative efforts of women religious. Both are co-sponsored ministries of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, yet sisters of many congregations of women religious collaborate to make both organizations possible and successful. Seventeen congregations in the St. Louis area formed a nonprofit, the St. Louis Area Women Religious Collaborative Ministries, in 1998. Both Marian Middle School and the English Tutoring Project came from this nonprofit. Read more about collaborative efforts of women religious in St. Louis.



Prayer sacks provide “love letters” from God

Sisters and associates in Coolville, Ohio, assemble prayer sacks for the Catholic youth in the area. June 5, 2016 – Associates in Ohio and West Virginia place quotes from “The Father’s Love Letter” into paper bags to distribute to those in need of prayers. The prayer sacks provide inspiration and a special blessing to each recipient, and have been given to schools and youth groups. What do you do to inspire and bless others? Read more…



Shalom News North America

June 1, 2017 – The May issue of Shalom News North America is available online. Shalom News is an e-publication of the School Sisters of Notre Dame that provides timely information for reflection and action on priority matters of justice, peace and integrity of creation. Read more…



Sisters’ teachings remembered in Illinois

June 1, 2017 – As part of the Belleville Messenger’s 110th Anniversary, it remembers history throughout the diocese. In 1979, three School Sisters of Notre Dame volunteered to teach a two-week Bible School program at St. Joseph, Cobden, in Belleville, Illinois. Sisters Linda Maune, Sophia Ebert and Janice Munier took on the summer program in addition to their regular work at Belleville Diocesesan schools. The sisters’ teachings focused on sacraments, especially Baptism. Learn more about their work in Belleville. Learn more about their work in Belleville.



Sister featured for work at retirement community

May 31, 2017 – Sister Carol Markus was highlighted in the U.S. Catholic for her work at the Cottages at Cathedral Square, a low-income senior housing development in Belleville, Illinois. Sister Carol volunteers as an activities coordinator, providing spiritual direction in addition to fun things for residents to do. She has developed an intergenerational program for students at Cathedral Grade School to interact with the residents, injecting life and energy into the development. Learn more about the Cottages and Sister Carol’s work.



PEPI graduates celebrated in New Iberia

May 24, 2017 – Students at the Progressive Education Program Inc. (PEPI), a School Sisters of Notre Dame-sponsored ministry, graduated with an equivalent of a high school diploma. The Louisiana-based ministry was founded by SSNDs and helps adults who dropped out of high school earn their diploma. Sisters administer and teach in the program, which has helped 41 students graduate in 2017 so far. Read more about PEPI graduates…



Medical interpretation ministry new calling for sister

May 12, 2017 – Sister Celly Ann was featured in the Catholic Missourian for her new ministry with El Puente-Hispanic Ministry in the Jefferson City Diocese. In her new role, she will draw upon her experience speaking Spanish to serve as a certified medical interpreter, and will help community members communicate with doctors and healthcare providers. Sister Celly Ann hopes that her work will eliminate the language barrier that makes life in the United States so difficult for many immigrants. Read more about Sister Celly Ann’s feature story…



Sister’s message of kindness featured in CHM blog

May 10, 2017 – Sister Kathleen Storms was intrigued by a National Catholic Sisters Week campaign called “Kindness – get into the Habit,” and her reflection was featured on the Congregation of the Humility of Mary’s blog A Nun’s Pocket. Sister Kathleen, the director of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland, Iowa, tells the story of how a stranger’s kindness inspired her. Read more about what inspired Sister Kathleen…



Honoring Blessed Theresa

Blessed Theresa Statue on Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus May 8, 2017 – On May 9, we honor Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, our Foundress, on her death date. She created the School Sisters of Notre Dame with the vision of educating the girl-child and transforming the world through education. We invite you to learn more about our foundress. How has God challenged you to make a difference? Read more…



Sister praises teaching program’s individualized focus

May 4, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck wrote “The way it’s supposed to be” for the Global Sisters Report website. In her story, Sister Carleen examines the benefit of the English Tutoring Project’s (ETP) individualized teaching style. ETP is a collaborative effort among several communities of women religious that addresses the needs and differences of immigrant and refugee children. By tailoring tutoring efforts to each student, ETP helps students achieve remarkable success that carries through their academic, personal and professional careers. Read more…



Shalom News North America

May 2, 2017 – The May issue of Shalom News North America is available online. Shalom News is an e-publication of the School Sisters of Notre Dame that provides timely information for reflection and action on priority matters of justice, peace and integrity of creation. Read more…



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