Celebrating 190 years of SSND!  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
Historical photo of Sister Lillian Nohava with classroom reading
190 year anniversary of SSND

Provincial Leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) Central Pacific Province, Sister Debra Marie Sciano, reflects on the 190 year anniversary of the founding of SSND, writing “Blessed Theresa founded the SSND as educators and we continue as educators. We serve in a variety of ministries, grounded in the concept of transforming the world through education in the broadest sense. Today, more than 1,928 SSND continue to proclaim the good news, directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.”
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Sister Janet Tanaka
A life of service: Sister Janet Tanaka

Sister Janet Tanaka was born in 1945, in Gifu, Japan, during the war, and her survival was questionable. However, this year she will be celebrating her Golden Jubilee! Sister Janet entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Shishigatani in Kyoto, Japan, in 1971, taking final vows in 1973. She has lived a life of service, teaching and leading throughout the region, including being one of the first four SSND to go to Kathmandu, Nepal, as a missionary.
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Sister Kathryn Schoolmeesters watering her garden
From macro to micro: Living out Laudato Si’

Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’, an encyclical letter to all Catholics worldwide to take action to protect the earth for generations to come. The encyclical is written “for everyone on the planet.” It urges action for the common good. It reminds us of the great love of the Creator that is infused in all Creation. It asks us to see that “Everything is Connected.” It reminds us that no matter how small a contribution we can make to show love and concern for the Earth and its people, it is important. It pleads with us to consider the generations yet to come. Sister Kathy Schmittgens shares how SSND Central Pacific Province has been responding to that call.
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The Blessed Theresa appeal is in celebration of Blessed Theresa's feast day on May 9. This image is of Blessed Theresa and two small students, featuring a blue background and white flowers.
Thank you!

Thank you for supporting the mission and legacy of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), on her Feast Day, May 9! If you missed the chance, there is still time to give!
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Jubilee 2023: Prophetic Witness to Universal Communion
Watch our Jubilee celebration

In case you missed it, on Sunday, May 21, 2023, the School Sisters of Notre Dame honored this year’s Jubilarians with a virtual celebration. Watch the celebration and connect with Jubilarians by sending an eCard or donating in honor of a Jubilarian.
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Called to Action: a School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province Podcast. This image contains the logo of the podcast.
Called to Action: Season 3

Be sure to listen to Called to Action Season 3, focusing on immigration reform. Check out past and current episodes!
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Summer Camp Sign

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are helping 30 students from Ukraine, ages 6-10, experience a summer camp in Austria during July 2023. All donations help us provide them with summer activities, cultural trips and some much-needed peace.
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"God has created us for heaven."

Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, Letter 11, September 10, 1831


Sister Mary Joseph Ann Quinene, May 11, 2023
Sister Valeria Beuke, May 13, 2023
Sister Jeannette Glinske, May 16, 2023
Sister Georgeann Krzyzanowski, May 16, 2023
Sister Rosemary Schwalbe, May 16, 2023
Sister Cecile Schueller, May 24, 2023

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