The beatification picture was hung outside St. Peter’s when Blessed Theresa was beatified in 1985. It's a picture of a 19th century painting by Josef Kastner from Vienna.
Blessed Theresa: SSND foundress and gifted teacher

Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was an inspirational leader and her guidance was key to the congregation’s prodigious growth. Her life, from a young 15-year-old until her death on May 9, 1879 was an incredible journey. After painful setbacks and disappointments, Caroline (later known as Blessed Theresa) and two companions were finally able to begin living as a religious community in the small town of Neunburg vorm Wald, Bavaria (now a state in Germany), in 1833. It was the beginning of a new congregation of women religious dedicated to the education of girls and young women, called the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
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The 2020 Women's Leadership Luncheon image is of a tree with colorful finger prints and words such as Diversity, gender, education, health and education.
Women’s Leadership Luncheons presentations

The 2020 Women’s Leadership Luncheons addressed diversity and the many ways it manifests itself in all areas of our lives. Thank you to all those who attended the luncheons in Milwaukee and St. Louis. With the cancellations of the luncheons in Dallas and St. Paul, both speakers have graciously agreed to provide an excerpt of their diversity presentations online in hopes to further educate on the topic of diversity. Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira, Chief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas, shares, “Embracing diversity means creating an equitable, welcoming society. For us women and other minorities, this will also require us to acknowledge the intersectionality within our own identities. We can no longer just embrace diversity on the surface, but the challenge is to be meticulous and dig even deeper to make sure that not a single human being is forsaken from the love we have to offer.”
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Sister Floretta Williams and Sister Marie Williams in their new rooms at St. Anthony’s Gardens in Covington, Louisiana.
From Chatawa to Covington

As sisters moved from St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Mississippi, to St. Anthony’s Gardens in Covington, Louisiana, the feelings of transition can be difficult. Sister Marie Williams shares her experience of the transition from Chatawa to Covington. “In looking back, most of us would say that the transition, though hard, was made much easier by the prayers and the wonderful support given to us by the sisters of the Central Pacific Province.”
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A photo collage of sisters and associates who participate in adopt-a-highway to clean up trash located in St. Louis. Support SSND on May 7 for Give STL Day.
Tomorrow is Give STL Day

This year, we focus on the sisters' work on care of creation. Help the School Sisters of Notre Dame continue to care for the Earth by scheduling your gift today.

The Ministry Commission gather at Notre Dame of Dallas school in front of their welcome sign. Eileen Schwalbach is in back row, third from right next to the sign.
A journey in SSND charism

Learn how Eileen Schwalbach, Ministry Commissioner, loves the School Sisters of Notre Dame and how honored she is to give back through ministry work.

An image of Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger and children with a blue, flowered background.
Blessed Theresa Appeal

In honor of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), join us in supporting the mission and legacy of SSND today.

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