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Sister featured in Catholic Spirit for work with retirement

December 8, 2017 – Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen was featured in the Catholic Spirit for her ministry helping others retire. She recently retired from her work with the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, and during her time there, helped fund the needs of sisters in retirement. Read more about Sister Kathleen Mary’s impact.



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

December 1, 2017 – The December 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.



Sister receives Community Peace Maker Award

November 17, 2017 – Sister Gladys Schmitz was one of several people honored at the Kessel Peace Institute’s Peace Awards on November 14. She received the Community Peace Maker Award for her work coordinating vigils at the post office in Mankato, Minnesota, since 2001. The Kessel Peace Institute is part of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Read more about Sister Gladys and other award recipients.



Sister discovers how to ‘stand’ for justice

November 15, 2017 – Sister Judith Best was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her reflection “’Here I stand’ for justice.” In the article, she explores the impact Martin Luther of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther King, Jr., and a St. Louis Jewish congregation have had on influencing social change. She compares how the three pushed for systemic justice peacefully, and how each has made a lasting contribution. Read more of the reflection.



Sister featured for teachings about love and life

November 9, 2017 – Sister Kieran Sawyer was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her ministry as a sex education teacher. In the interview, Sister Kieran she spoke about her teaching methods, which include her “L.I.F.E.” structure, meaning love, infatuation, friendship and exploitation. She has served in this ministry since the 1970s, and continues to adapt her program to fit the needs of today’s teenagers. Read more in the Global Sisters Report .



Sister receives Minnesota Literacy Council award

November 2, 2017 – Sister Judy Bakula received the Minnesota Literacy Council award for her service as a volunteer coordinator. The award comes for her ministry as a receptionist and office administrator for the Learning in Style School in St. Paul. She received the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement award, which recognizes individuals who foster a culture and climate that supports volunteers in adult literacy programs. Read a reflection by one of Sister Judy’s coworkers on why she received the award.



Sister featured in Missouri Catholic Conference anniversary video

November 1, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck was featured in the Missouri Catholic Conference’s 50th anniversary video. Her work with the Criminal Justice Ministry was one of the accomplishments highlighted in the video. The Missouri Catholic Conference is the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri. View the video and learn more about the conference.



SSNDs elect international leadership team and set future direction

October 30, 2017 – Forty-five School Sisters of Notre Dame from 30 countries came together 26 September - 24 October for their 24th General Chapter to elect a general council and set the future direction for the congregation for the next six years. Sister Roxanne Schares was elected general superior at the chapter. She will work with a team of five elected general councilors: Sister Inês Camiran, general councilor/vicar; Sister Carolyn Anyega, general councilor; Sister Julianne Lattner, general councilor; Sister M. Martina Radež, general councilor; and Sister Kathleen Storms, general councilor. The School Sisters of Notre Dame hold a general chapter with elected and ex-officio representatives from each administrative unit (province) every six years. The theme of the Chapter was “Trust and Dare. Content with little, we joyfully direct our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.” Read the full press release.



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

November 1, 2017 – The November 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.



SSND associate featured for work in North St. Louis community

October 26, 2017 – Associate Loretta “Hoppy” Hopgood was featured in the St. Louis Review for her work in Spanish Lake, Missouri, a North St. Louis suburb. Hoppy gives back to her community by maintaining the neighborhood and helping those in need. This year, she celebrated her 40th anniversary as an associate. She was among the first group to become an associate in St. Louis, and is the longest covenanted associate in North America. Read more about Hoppy and her work.



IPS Solar and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato host groundbreaking event

October 25, 2017 – IPS Solar and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota held a groundbreaking event for their new Community Solar Garden. The project will produce enough equivalent energy to power roughly 165 average Minnesotan homes, including the Hill. Read more an article by Mankato’s Free Press detailing the project. Watch a segment on the Community Solar Garden from KEYC-TV.



Peace advocates provide Congressman Walz a petition in favor of prohibiting nuclear weapons

October 25, 2017 – Sister Gladys Schmitz of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato, and fellow local and state peace advocates spoke with Josh Syrjamaki, chief of staff for Congressman Tim Walz, regarding a petition to prohibit nuclear weapons. As featured in Mankato’s Free Press, the petition supported a United Nations treaty to ban the weapons, which 122 nations have agreed to sign so far. The local and state groups hope their congressional delegation will speak in favor of the treaty. Read more about their efforts to bring about a world free of nuclear weapons.



School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province adopt corporate stance on comprehensive immigration reform

October 20, 2017 – Sisters call for immigration reform that treats every person with dignity, protects families, fixes visa backlog, upholds rule of law, protects borders and national security, and brings immigrants into the formal economy. Read the full corporate stance on comprehensive immigration reform.



Sister’s reflection on climate change featured in Global Sisters Report

October 9, 2017 – Sister Judith Best’s reflection “Climate change and me” is featured in the Global Sisters Report. She calls on people to care for the Earth and be mindful of their impact. She also reflects on the urgency of climate change, and while recognizes the dire need for change, looks to small pieces of hope. Read more about Sister Judith’s reflection.



Provincial Council statement in response to Las Vegas shooting

October 6, 2017 – The Provincial Council released a statement on the Las Vegas shooting to encourage others to banish all violence from our hearts, words and deeds, to be peaceful people, helping to build loving, compassionate communities. Read the full statement.



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