A photo of a teeter totter to go with Sister Mary Kay Brooks, Provincial Councilors, reflection on COVID-19 and the changes over the past few months.
Social distancing and COVID-19

Sister Mary Kay Brooks, Provincial Councilor, shares a reflection on social distancing and COVID-19, “This is a strange, humbling and surreal experience. The best way to explain my reaction is to imagine a teeter-totter. From moment to moment, day to day, I go back and forth from disbelief to frustration to fear to vigilance. How do we best protect our sisters, especially our elders who are more vulnerable? Even on a teeter-totter there is a base, an anchor, a center. When I feel myself swinging from high to low and back again, I see and hear signs of hope from the larger community. My heart turns to the base, to my anchor, to my center and I know God is here with us in compassionate love.”
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Staff members at MORE in St. Paul, Minnesota, gather weekly for a staff meeting through virtual meetings during COVID-19.
Ministries during COVID-19

During this time of social distancing, many schools and non-profits are re-organizing and rethinking ways to stay connected to students, employees, supporters and the under-served. The School Sisters of Notre Dame ministries are working to maintain interaction and support for their students, clients and employees. Dr. Christine Pharr, President of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee shares, “This situation, however unfortunate, has sparked a sense of innovation and determination that demonstrates our creativity in the most challenging of circumstances. The care and concern that Mount Mary University shows for its students has never been more evident!”
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Associate Mariellyn Kuske is folding clothes during her volunteer time at Casa in El Paso.
Opening our hearts - volunteering in El Paso, Texas

Three School Sisters of Notre Dame associates served at Casa del Refugiado in El Paso, Texas, Anne Vidacovich, from Irving, Texas, Anne Carey, from Florissant, Missouri and Mariellyn Kuske, from Waverly, Minnesota. They share how the experience has changed them. Anne Vidacovich shares, “The emotions I experienced as I drove a mother and her daughter to the airport remain with me. I continue to pray that the person who paid for their transportation and who is sponsoring them, truly cares for them. I pray the mother and daughter will not become part of the ever-increasing problem of vulnerable people who are trafficked.”
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Laura Harvancik celebrates becoming an SSND associate at Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.
Are you called?

Associates of the School Sisters of Notre Dame are women and men who feel called to live the spirit and values of the community’s foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger.

Craft Fair and Garage Sale eNewsletter photo. The event will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  Pixabay License  Free for commercial use  No attribution required
Save the date

Come explore the richness and talents of the SSND at the 45th annual Craft Fair and Garage Sale at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, on Saturday, October 10.

Sisters Ancilla Marie Roussel (L) and Marie Andre Miszewski (R) join together to say fairwell to St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Mississippi in 2019.
convenience in sustained giving

Sustained giving offers a way to give without the added costs of postage, checks or time. It also allows the School Sisters of Notre Dame to better allocate resources and stay connected.

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