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2021 Virtual Women’s Leadership Luncheons

March 3, 2021 – The 2021 Virtual Women’s Leadership Luncheons will take place online throughout March. The four virtual events represent the Milwaukee, St. Louis, Dallas and St. Paul, Minnesota areas. The luncheon theme is Care of Creation. Learn more...



Sisters appreciate their caregivers

March 3, 2021 – A year after the first signs of COVID-19 and the start of social distancing, sisters are especially grateful for the staff who show up to work every day. Notre Dame of Elm Grove, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato, Minnesota, and Sancta Maria in Ripa, St. Louis, have sisters who live on site and need various degrees of support. Read more...



Lent and COVID-19

March 3, 2021 – As we begin this season of Lent, we may find ourselves thinking, “Haven’t these last 12 months been one long Lenten road? Haven’t we been called to sacrifice, to fast/abstain, to pray, to reach out to care for others in ways we would never have imagined?” Sister Margie Klein shares her reflection on COVID-19 and the Lenten season. Read more...



New chapel at Trinity Woods

February 3, 2021 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame will move to Trinity Woods, a new intergenerational residence on the Mount Mary University campus in Milwaukee this fall. Leaving the historical Notre Dame of Elm Grove campus and Holy Family Chapel located at Elm Grove, Wisconsin, will be a major change for the sisters. Read more...



Creative solutions for Care of Creation

February 3, 2021 – There are a variety of ways to do your part in caring for creation. The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) strive to think outside the box in an effort to respond to urgent global needs. One specific response has been lived out by Sister Kathleen Bauer who has been making soap with natural ingredients for over 25 years. Learn more...



Mother Caroline and the Liturgical arts

February 3, 2021 – Needlework was an important part of a German girl’s education in the 1800s. Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), believed that needlework helped children focus their attention and she directed that sisters teach needlework 10 hours a week. Read more...



Women religious can unite the church

February 2, 2021 – Communities of women religious offer practical wisdom that can help move our church beyond the current divide. Read the U.S. Catholic article. More...



Elm Grove Independent features numerous articles about and by SSND

February 1, 2021 – The Elm Grove News – Independent contains the following articles: The Founding of Notre Dame of Elm Grove (page 4), A Reflection by Sister Barbara Pfarr (page 4) and Caroline Bell Moved from Notre Dame of Elm Grove (page 6). Read the Elm Grove News - Independent....



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

February 1, 2021 – The February issue of Shalom/UN-NGO newsletter is available online. This newsletter 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 about SSND social justice issues.



School Sisters of Notre Dame residents and staff are getting the vaccine

January 22, 2021 – Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Weeks after nine sisters died from coronavirus, School Sisters of Notre Dame residents and staff are getting the vaccine.” More...



Partnership addresses racism through child care

January 21, 2021 – The St. Louis Review features Sister Gail Guelker in, “Partnership addresses racism through child care: Struggles follow long-term disinvestment in Black neighborhoods.” More...



Sr. Ellen Lorenz was trailblazing Mount Mary leader

January 13, 2021 – The Urban Milwaukee honored Sister Ellen Lorenz in the article, “Sr. Ellen Lorenz was a trailblazing Mount Mary Leader.” More…



Officials push the state to send the vaccine to the Notre Dame of Elm Grove facility

January 12, 2021 – Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “After 9 sisters died from COVID-19 last month, officials are pushing the state to send the vaccine to the Notre Dame of Elm Grove facility.” More…



SSNDCP statement on the violence at the capitol

January 8, 2021 – Read the statement from the provincial council of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province. More...



What’s in a name?

January 6, 2021 – The process of women religious receiving a new name with the profession of final vows started as early as the sixth century. Naming customs varied between religious congregations; some congregations allowed a woman to choose her name. Read more...



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