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ReEchoes Fall Newsletter

August 30, 2017 – 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. Read more...



SSNDs in Mankato hold vigil to protest racism

August 16, 2017 – School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, Minnesota, held a vigil to condemn the actions of the KKK, the alt right and neo-Nazis in Virginia. The vigil was held during evening prayers on Tuesday, August 15, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Over 80 people attended to stand in solidarity against racism. Read more about the vigil.



Across provinces and around the world

Sister Leetta Hammack works with children at Tupasy Roga, an after-school program for children in Paraguay. August 7, 2017 – Sister Leetta Hammack’s story of becoming a sister is similar to many, but a tragedy, a dream and God’s call made her story one of hope, excitement and internationality. She is from St. Louis, but followed a calling to Latin America and currently serves in Paraguay. Read more about Sister Leetta's work.



Sister Mary Emmanuel Fallenstein drives this year's ice cream truck

July 28, 2017 - Sister Mary Emmanuel Fallenstein, of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, drove this year's ice cream truck while delivering ice cream to sisters and employees on her route. The truck came complete with the traditional ice cream truck jingle, alerting those nearby to frozen treats. The entire event, which included caroling, was featured in The Free Press. Read more about caroling and ice cream.



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

July 26, 2017 – The August 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.



Shalom News North America

July 12, 2017 – The July/August 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 about SSND social justice issues.



Reflection on SSND foundress featured on Global Sisters Report

July 12, 2017 – Sister Judy Best wrote a reflection about the School Sisters of Notre Dame foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. The reflection, entitled “Wise as serpents, simple as doves: our strategy,” compares the struggles and coping mechanisms Blessed Theresa used in the 1800s with experiences sisters have today. Read more about the comparison on Global Sisters Report.



CESRM welcomes new director

July 6, 2017 – An SSND ministry, the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry in Mankato, Minnesota, welcomes a new director, Laura Peterson. Peterson is featured in the Mankato Free Press for her role within the ministry as well as her past accomplishments. She hopes to grow the program to make Minnesota more sustainable and continue on the mission and legacy of those who came before her. Learn more about Peterson and her work. Learn more about Peterson and her work.



SSND reflection featured on Global Sisters Report

July 5, 2017 – Sister Judy Best was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her “Reflection on the apostolic visitation, 2008-2017.” She speaks about women’s role within the Catholic church. She also examines her experience as a woman religious and how she fits in to an ever evolving institution. Read more about Sister Judy’s perception.



July International Solidarity Reflection

July 1, 2017 – The July edition of the international Solidarity Reflection is now available. This month’s focus is human trafficking. The reflections are produced by Shalom, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Read the reflection.



SSNDs open doors to Vietnam

Four sisters with the Lovers of the Holy Cross from Vietnam came to the SSNDs to study English. June 26, 2017 – SSNDs in St. Louis and Mankato have welcomed eight sisters from Vietnam. Four sisters currently studying with SSNDs in St. Louis will soon be making their way to Mankato, Minnesota, to continue with their language studies. They hope to use their new skills to open a Catholic college in Vietnam. How have you opened the door to others? >MORE



Life as I Know It in Eggenburg

Sisters Martha Bertsch, Helen Plum and Jean Greenwald teach refugee boys in Eggenburg, Austria. June 19, 2017 – Sister Jean Greenwald reflects upon her time teaching immigrants and refugees English in Eggenburg, Austria. She and Sister Helen Plum will be there at least one year to help refugees assimilate into Austrian culture. Sister Jean explains their daily situation in Eggenburg. How do I welcome the stranger? >MORE



Prison ministry sister featured in Global Sisters Report

June 15, 2017 – Sister Rose Rita Huelsmann was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her work with the Criminal Justice Ministry in St. Louis. She served as the coordinator of volunteers for the ministry, which provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated people in the St. Louis area. Sister Rose Rita recently retired after 13 years, but hopes she can still work towards prison reform. Read more about Sister Rose Rita’s work.



Notre Dame of Quincy celebrates 150th anniversary

June 12, 2017 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate their 150th anniversary in Quincy, Illinois. The anniversary was celebrated with a Mass in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., to honor the sisters for their commitment to education and formation in the area. SSNDs arrived in 1859 when Mother Caroline Friess explored opportunities for sisters to educate German immigrants. In 1867, SSNDs opened the Covenant School of the Infant Jesus, now Quincy Notre Dame High School. Learn more about SSNDs’ impact on Quincy, Ill.



Sister received honorary doctorate

Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate from Aquinas Institute for Theology.June 12, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at S. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. She received the Doctorate of Humane Letters for her work as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Ministry. What is my impact on this world? >MORE



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