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Cristo Rey: Preparing the leaders of tomorrow

May 3, 2023 – Cristo Rey Dallas (CRD) is a Catholic, College Prep high school committed to academic excellence, work study and a well-rounded school experience for students of all faiths. As an Affiliated Ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province (SSND), CRD is transforming the world through education. Sister Mary Anne Owens said, “SSND in the area have committed to supporting the school in many ways. To quote our foundress, Mother Theresa, ‘All beginnings are hard,’ but slowly the charism and stability of the school are growing with each new class." Learn More »

Move over, poverty! Bikes coming through!

May 3, 2023 – School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and staff in Minnesota participated in the annual fundraiser for Partners for Housing’s Pedal Past Poverty event earlier this year. SSND participate every year, and this year had four teams. Each year they take the top spot for most funds raised and for the individual who raised the most money and 2023 was no exception! Sister Margie Klein reflects on this year’s event. Read Now »

The North Dakota Anti-Garb Law of 1948

May 3, 2023 – September 1948 in North Dakota brought about an interesting side note in the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. A new school year was about to begin, and the teachers in Strasburg and Mantador, North Dakota, were about to have two unusual things in common. Not only would it be their first day teaching in a public school, but also it would be the first time that any of them would appear in their classrooms in civilian “garb” and not in their habits. The SSND North American Archives tells the fascinating story of the North Dakota Anti-Garb Law that went into effect in 1948. Read the full story at SSND North American Archives. Visit Archives »

Thank you to the Women’s Leadership Luncheon sponsors

April 5, 2023 – "Thank you" never seems enough to acknowledge all of those who worked to make our Women’s Leadership Luncheons a success, spoke at the luncheons or took time to join us as we celebrated women leaders. An extra special thank you goes to all the sponsors who continue to make our luncheons free. Very special thanks and recognition to our Presenting Sponsor, Ann Kampeter and our $5,000 Sponsors, Betty Ahlers, Bayer, Catholic Housing Initiative Dallas, Texas, Diamond Hill, Hoffman Family of Companies, Jim Butler Chevrolet, Marquette University, Mercy, Midwest BankCentre and Mary Ellen Murphy. Their generosity provides possibilities far beyond today. The SSND Women’s Leadership Luncheons would not exist without your ongoing support. Join us in thanking and supporting the sponsors of the 2023 Women’s Leadership Luncheons. Join Us >>

Easter reflection

April 5, 2023 – Sister Mary Jo Welter offers a reflection for Easter this month. Sister Mary Jo illustrates how “Nature is modeling for us change and transformation just as [with the] Paschal journey.” She shares how we are all invited in to be “Easter people, experiencing moments of insight and transformation.” She encourages us all to look around us and see the ways in which we are invited into deep relationship with God. Read Reflection >>

Transformation through education in Nepal

April 5, 2023 – Sister Barb Soete reflects on her recent trip to Nepal and the work of Sisters Evangela Imamura and Miriam Kanaya, who began a school, Notre Dame Bandipur in Nepal. Sister Barb writes about the origin of the school and ways the School Sisters of Notre Dame participated, helped and taught. She also details how SSND have seen much transformation of the mission in Nepal and what the future holds. Learn More >>

In letter, thousands of Catholic nuns declare trans people ‘beloved and cherished by God’

April 5, 2023 – A coalition led by Catholic nuns, representing thousands of women religious and associates at partner groups, released a public a letter on Friday voicing support for transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive individuals, declaring they “are beloved and cherished by God” and implicitly rebuking recent statements from the U.S. Catholic hierarchy. Read More >>

School Sisters of Notre Dame to host summer service week in Ellington, Missouri

April 5, 2023 – The North American Vocation Team (NAVT) of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) invites young women ages 18-45 to a summer service week June 11-17, 2023. The week will include volunteer opportunities through Whole Kids Outreach (WKO), a nonprofit service organization located in Ellington, Missouri. Read More >>

Inside the effort to identify Catholic-run boarding schools for Indigenous children

April 5, 2023 – For 150 years, the United States government financed more than 400 boarding schools across the United States, educating tens of thousands of Native American children but subjecting them to abuse, neglect, cultural oppression, and sometimes even death. Read More >>

Catholic Nuns Affirm Support for Transgender Community

April 3, 2023 – According to the article in Washington Post, the letter stresses the importance of recognizing and acknowledging to acceptance of the transgender community and other members of the LGBTQ within the Christian community. The letter argues that they will continue to be oppressors if the Catholic Church continues to put a blind eye and not accept the LGBTQ community in their congregations. Read More >>

Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

April 1, 2023 – The April 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. Read more about SSND social justice issues.

Area residents observing Ramadan

March 31, 2023 – Mankato Area Public School's Supt. Paul Peterson said the district's calendar committee kept in mind students who observe Ramadan when they made two-year plans for class days. Read More >>

Celebrating Catholic Sisters Week

March 7, 2023 – Catholic Sisters Week (CSW) takes place March 8-14 annually and shines a light on the spirituality, mission and community building of women religious around the world. It is a chance to recognize all that sisters are and do, with the hope that as more young women learn about Catholic sisters, they will choose to explore religious life and even hear God’s call to it. There are so many ways you can celebrate the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and their contributions to communities all over the globe. Celebrate SSND >>

Whole Kids Outreach becomes an affiliated ministry of SSND

March 7, 2023 – For 23 years, Whole Kids Outreach (WKO) has worked with School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and now it is official! Last year, WKO became an Affiliated Ministry of the Central Pacific province. WKO, the faith-based, community-oriented nonprofit sits on a 10-acre farm in Ellington, Missouri, and delivers child abuse and neglect prevention services to about 500 families a year in an 11-county area of Southeast Missouri through an array of home visiting services and child-centered programs, like the beloved Camp Whole Kids. Sister Anne Francioni, SSND, shares the special work of Whole Kids Outreach. Read More >>

Women’s Leadership Luncheons continue to inspire

March 7, 2023 – The Women’s Leadership Luncheon provides an inspiring and empowering atmosphere for women in St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Louis, Dallas and Milwaukee to recognize her own potential in becoming a leader. Over the course of the last 23 years, SSND continue to grow the Women’s Leadership Luncheons, celebrating the accomplishments of women in leadership and to work together to create a better future for women. Discover More >>

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