Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis was established in 1895, 125 years ago. This is the cornerstone when the first building was established.
“Wisdom has built herself a house”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) purchased the property where Sancta Maria sits in Ripa in December 1894. In June 1895, excavation began in the quarry at the southeast corner of the property. The stones from the quarry were used for the foundation of the motherhouse. Sister Carol Marie Wildt, Local Archives Contact in St. Louis, shares the history of the purchase, building and dedication of the property. The motherhouse was dedicated by Archbishop Kain and Monsignor John Oechtering delivered the sermon based on the text from Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom has built herself a house.”
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A statue of Blessed Theresa in a garden in Germany
Foundation day gratitude

On October 24, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) celebrate their foundation day. The congregation was founded in 1833, when Caroline Gerhardinger (later known as Blessed Theresa) and two other women began a common religious life in Bavaria (present-day Germany). Since then, many sisters have reflected on being a SSND and the importance of this special day. Sister Judy Best shares her reflection and foundation day gratitude, “Blessed Theresa’s founding vision created a congregation under one central government. Today our constitution, You Are Sent, is the way of life followed by sisters serving in 21 countries, working to build community wherever they are missioned.”
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Sister Janice Munier is the first Parish Life Coordinator for the St. Louis Archdiocese. A parishioner and Sister Janice prepare the sacraments.
St. Louis Archdiocese’s first Parish Life Coordinator

In 2018, Sister Janice Munier was named the first Parish Life Coordinator (PLC) for the St. Louis Archdiocese. This role was introduced by the former Archbishop Robert Carlson. When the priest at Most Holy Trinity in North St. Louis retired due to illness, the need for a priest or the implementation of a PLC was necessary. Because Sister Janice was already a pastoral assistant, she easily transitioned into this role. As Sister Janice states, “My position as PLC is basically being the ‘pastor’ of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. A priest comes every Sunday for Masses and sacraments. Essential to this model is the support of the church community.”
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I Voted Today! sticker.
Vote November 3, 2020

SSND stand with the U.S. Catholic Bishops who have shared, “In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” The obligation is rooted in, “our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”

Sister Marie Le Clerc Laux helps make masks from old sheets at Notre Dame of Elm Grove, Elm Grove in Wisconsin. Photo is used for the 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign.
Giving Tuesday – save the date

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1. Save the date and support SSND during this annual giving day. We appreciate your participation.

Women's Leadership Luncheon 2021. The theme for 2021 is Care of Creation.
VIRTUAL Women’s Leadership Luncheon in Milwaukee

Our 2021 Women’s Leadership Luncheons are going virtual! Learn more and register for a virtual luncheon happening in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Dallas and St. Paul, Minnesota, in March 2021.

Sisters Nga Tran and Hong Bui enjoying peaches during a farmers market event at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato, Minnesota.
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Stock gifts are a great way to support the sisters. Stock gifts offer many donors tax benefits, especially if the value of the stock has increased while a donor has owned it. Always consult your financial advisor.

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