Summer Learning is fun!

August 2023 | Monthly eNewsletter

Sister Barbara Janda with two students at Rising Stars, Milwaukee
  Summer Learning is fun  

Summer Learning is in full swing at Rising Stars in Milwaukee, a tutoring program that is an affiliated ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). “This summer, we have developed a program specifically for St. Agnes Butler, one of the schools we partner with during the school year, and have individualized lessons for each student, which is magical,” said Laura Harvancik, Executive Director of Rising Stars Volunteer Tutoring Program and SSND associate.

Entrance to gardens as Living Earth Center in Mankato, Minnesota
  Transforming land, nurturing community: Living Earth Center  

The Living Earth Center is a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) in Mankato, Minnesota, located on "the Hill." Discover how the Living Earth Center, in partnership with Blue Earth County, is tackling food insecurity and fostering community through innovative initiatives. From transforming a farm into a thriving community growing space to empowering emerging growers, their efforts are making a significant impact. Learn about their inspiring vision for a future rural campus and how they're building a diverse and sustainable community.

Crosses with names of falled migrants that will be placed on the Migrant Trail between Arizona and Mexico.
  Embracing immigration with compassion  

Sisters Lucy Nigh and Judy Bourg spent years engaging in remarkable work and unwavering commitment to serving migrants in the border cities of Douglas, Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. Learn about their impactful efforts, including their last Migrant Trail walk and their involvement in supporting organizations like Tucson Samaritans and Frontera de Cristo. Their years of work are filled with stories of resilience and empathy and highlight the urgent need for immigration reform. Read more to be inspired by their compassionate advocacy.

ENews story Donor Advised Fund image. Two sisters sitting together and smiling.

Donor Advised Funds


Many have established a Donor Advised Fund for charitable giving. If you have funds, please consider a gift to the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). We are grateful for your support.

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


Called to Action Season 3 just wrapped up its third season! Check out all of our episodes from this season that focused on immigration reform.

  "God has created us for heaven."
Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, Letter 11, September 10, 1831

Sister M. Paulissa Jirik, July 23, 2023
Sister Mary Adelyn Vokal, July 26, 2023

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