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Shalom News North America

March 22, 2017 – The April 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. Ready more...



Learning Center Director featured in Mankato Free Press

March 20, 2017 – Sister Dorothy Zeller, director of the Good Counsel Learning Center at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, and her work educating the community were featured in the Mankato Free Press. The Learning Center tutors students in English as a second language and math, and helps refugees and immigrants work towards obtaining U.S. citizenship. Read more…



Ministry in an unlikely place

Associate Mary Heyn of Milwaukee has a unique location for her ministry: on a bus. March 20, 2017 – Associate Mary Heyn of Milwaukee has a unique location for her ministry: on a bus. She has published five books that explain Scripture and distributes the books on buses and at bus stops. She hopes the books will help people form closer relationships with God. In what ways can you help the spiritual lives of others? >MORE



Global Partners: Running Waters featured in Liguorian Magazine

March 10, 2017 – Sister Jan Gregorcich was interviewed by the Liguorian Magazine to talk about her ministry, Global Partners: Running Waters, Inc. The ministry works to build relationships with Latin America and ensure communities have access to clean water. In 2003, Sister Jan and Associate Dianne Henke began Global Partners, Running Waters to fulfill a critical need, as access to water can make a difference between life and death. Since its foundation, the ministry has completed 120 projects, with more than half of them related to clean water. Read more…



Sister Helen Jaeb and VINE Faith in Action highlighted in video

March 9, 2017 – Sister Helen Jaeb, a coordinator of the Adult Literacy Center at VINE Faith in Action in Mankato, Minn., was interviewed as part of a video celebrating VINE’s 2017 NuStep Pinnacle Award. Sister Helen’s ministry works with refugees to help them acclimate to American culture through advanced language skills. VINE received the award for “whole person wellness,” or helping people in a variety of ways. >MORE



ReEchoes Spring Newsletter

March 3, 2017 – The spring 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. Read more...



Sister compares Tolkien classics with current climate in Global Sisters Report

March 3, 2017 – Sister Paulette Zimmerman’s article “The wisdom of Tolkien in our present age” was featured on the Global Sisters Report. The article makes the comparison between the current state of the Earth with that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Sister Paulette cautions readers to take care of the Earth by saying, “Our present planetary moment beckons us, challenges us, to a paradigm shift in our view of reality and to a new consciousness that calls for a vision of the human as part of the larger Earth community.” Read more…



Shalom News North America

March 1, 2017 – The March 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 and staff Pedal Past Poverty

February 25, 2017 – Sisters and staff from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, participated in Pedal Past Poverty, an annual event to raise funds for homeless shelters operated by Partners for Affordable Housing. SSND had seven teams participate, and raised over $25,000. Riders ranged in age from high school students to 92-year-old Sister Mary Tacheny, who was recognized as the oldest participant. One of our teams, WOW (Women on Wheels) was recognized as the top-earning team with a total over $5,000. The event raised more than $92,000. Read more...



Notre Dame School in Dallas featured in NCR

February 24, 2017 – Notre Dame School in Dallas was featured by the National Catholic Reporter for its work helping special needs students. The school is the only one of its kind in Dallas, and teaches 158 students who have intellectual and physical disabilities. School Sisters of Notre Dame founded the school in 1963, and continue to teach there. Read more...



Newly named MMU president joins student and faculty at founder's day event

February 23, 2017 – Students and faculty members of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee joined Dr. Eileen Schwalbach, current MMU president and Sister Mary Anne Owens, provincial leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province, in welcoming MMU's President-Elect Dr. Christine Pharr to the campus. A new wellness initiative was announced which will expand academic programs and upgrade learning spaces in both sciences and liberal arts. Additionally, outstanding students, faculty and staff received awards for Founder's day, celebrating the university's 104th anniversary. Check out the video coverage by Fox 6 News. >MORE



SSND signs on to reduce carbon pollution

February 17, 2017 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame are one of 125 Catholic organizations to sign on to a letter supporting a reduction in carbon pollution. The letter, organized by the Catholic  Climate Covenant, supports the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a significant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) effort to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The CPP is the U.S.’s most ambitious effort to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution, but governmental support is uncertain. The letter urges the new EPA administrator as well as the president, Congressional leaders and state governors. Read more...



Sister Ann Schoch “Circles the Cities with Love”

February 11, 2017 – Sister Ann Schoch was featured in the Billings Gazette for her work organizing a prayer circle in the Montana city. She responded to a congregational call to participate in the half hour of communal silent meditation, and reached out to other communities of women religious in the area to join, as well. 19 women gathered on the Jan. 15 event and prayed for human rights for people throughout the world. Read more…



SSND-founded organization helps immigrants in St. Louis

February 9, 2017 – The Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program has helped women learn English and settle into the St. Louis-area since Sister Elise Silvestri founded it in 1995. SSND continues to support the organization, which increases the independence and reduces the isolation of immigrants and refugees by teaching them basic English language skills and practical living skills. A Syrian refugee was featured in the St. Louis Review article. Read more…



Sister participates in Write on Race

February 6, 2017 – Sister Virginia Bieren is just one of about 330 journalers to document her feelings on race relations in Mankato, Minnesota, as part of the Write on Race community journaling initiative. Participants gathered Monday, February 6, to share the lessons they have learned through group and breakout discussions. The project has so far focused on race from a historical context and will soon focus on more specific topics, such as the criminal justice system. Read more…



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