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Hope comes in our inner work

January 1, 2019 – "How do we heal as a community?" the rabbi asked in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. We come together, we stand together, we march together, knowing that our task is to "repair" the world. Read the Global Sisters Report by Sister Judith Best.

WCCO’s Finding Minnesota featured Our Lady of Good Counsel’s pipe organ

December 3, 2018 – WCCO’s Finding Minnesota featured Our Lady of Good Counsel’s 142-year-old pipe organ on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 10 p.m. The broadcast can be seen on WCCO-TV and online.

Mankato’s Free Press featured prayers for immigrants at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel

December 3, 2018 – Mankato’s Free Press featured In Solidarity, a weekly silent prayer to hold immigrants and refugees in compassion and love, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel. In Solidarity will be held every Sunday from 4 - 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. The article can be viewed online.

WCCO’s Finding Minnesota to feature the organ at Our Lady of Good Counsel

November 28, 2018 – WCCO’s Finding Minnesota will feature the organ at Our Lady of Good Counsel this Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 10 p.m. The broadcast can be seen on WCCO-TV and online at https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/.

A Notre Dame sister’s ‘Courage In Conflict’

November 21, 2018 – Sister Mary Imma lived in Germany during WWII. She bravely helped smuggle items into Dachau. Sister Carol Marie Wildt archivist in St. Louis, gave a presentation on Sister Mary Imma at a book launching event titled, “Courage In Conflict: The Righteous Among Us.” Learn more about Sister Mary Imma and the event.

The New Orleans Clarion Herald publishes SSNDCP’s statement regarding the caravan of asylum seekers

November 10, 2018 – The Central Pacific Province’s statement on the caravan of asylum seekers making its way from Central America to the United States was published as a letter to the editor in the November 10, 2018, edition of the New Orleans Clarion Herald. The statement can be found here towards the bottom of the page.

‘Keystone moments’: forward in hope

October 30, 2018 – Sister Judith Best discusses ‘keystone moments’ in St. Louis, Missouri, and for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in their venture to get a college degree from St. Louis University. Read the full article.

Join our celebration of 185 years In Mission

October 17, 2018 – We, School Sisters of Notre Dame, are celebrating 185 years of being in mission on October 24, 1833. To mark this event, we introduce to you our newsletter “In Mission.” This publication is a collaborative effort of our international congregation. The stories give a glimpse into our life in mission around the world as we respond to God’s call to unity - a unity built on peace, hope and love. Read the publication.

Executive Publishing Honors Sister Clara Esker

October 11, 2018 – Sister Clara Esker,SSND, has always felt blessed to be a part of a child's learning. She was inspired to become a teacher by her teachers and by the positive response she received from tutoring a former classmate. Also, as a child she was impressed by School Sisters of Notre Dame, a religious order with a view of changing the world through education. Learn more about Sister Clara Esker.

Sister Janice Munier becomes first woman to be named parish

October 4, 2018 – Sister Janice Munier, SSND, is the first woman and the first woman religious to serve as parish life coordinator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The School Sister of Notre Dame was appointed in 2016 to the role at Most Holy Trinity Parish in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis. Previously, she had served as a pastoral associate there. Read the full news release.

Sisters’ presence in Huntington parish ends after 150 years

September 20, 2018 – For a century and a half, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have served SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Huntington. On Sunday, Sept. 16, the parish celebrated that legacy with a Mass and a reception in the sisters’ honor. The sisters’ presence in Huntington will come to an end in November with the retirements of Sister Miriam Therese Gill and Sister Loretta Bauer, as they leave for the SSND retirement community in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. Read more about the sisters’ 150 years of service in Today’s Catholic.

Cross planting ministry honors migrants who died in the desert

September 14, 2018 – Recently, SSNDs and a diverse group of local individuals, near the Sonoran Desert, on the US-Mexico border began a ministry called 'Pilgrimage of Remembrance.' The ministry conducts bimonthly trips into the desert to plant handmade crosses near the sites of migrant deaths in Cochise County, Arizona. Check out the article in the Herald/Review of Sierra Vista, Arizona, to learn more about how the ministry educates people about the U.S.-Mexico border and honors the lives of the departed. To learn more about the cross planting ministry, visit the Pilgrimage of Remembrance webpage.

SSND Sisters in Japan send update after Typhoon Jebi

September 7, 2018 – SSND sisters in Japan have reported they are fine after Typhoon Jebi struck earlier this week and from this morning's earthquake that shook Hokkaido Island. Minor damage occurred to homes and schools, and a few people sustained injuries from broken glass and falling objects. The earthquake paralyzed the northern island of Japan, and SSND sisters are located in the southern central island.


Please continue to pray for all who have suffered from these, and other natural disasters here in our country and around the world.

ReEchoes Fall Newsletter

August 28, 2018 – The fall issue of ReEchoes is available online. ReEchoes is a biannual Good Counsel Academy Alumnae publication for Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy. Good Counsel Academy was part of Mankato’s educational tradition from 1912 until it closed in 1980. The association continues to be active and provides a connection for alumnae, faculty and friends. Download the fall issue of ReEchoes.

CSERM transitions to Living Earth Center

August 17, 2018 – The Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry has recently transitioned into an independent nonprofit with a new name, Living Earth Center. Read more about the transition in Mankato’s Free Press article, “Passing the Shovel: Center on Good Counsel Hill Changes Hands.”

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