Let peace and justice flow!

October 2023 | Monthly eNewsletter

SSND at Fort Benning
  Let peace and justice flow: SSND living peace and nonviolence  

From the beginning of their founding in 1833 until the present, longing for the oneness of all in God motivates School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) to work to create peace and nonviolence in our world. From small acts of kindness to advocacy on critical issues, SSND have worked to create right relationships and stand up for the marginalized. Sisters Paul Mary Draxler and Lois Martens write of inspiring stories of SSND marching for civil rights, helping women escape abuse and poverty, advocating for nuclear disarmament and more. Learn more about the rich history of promoting nonviolence and reflect on how SSND carry forward this critical mission.

Academy of Notre Dame Reunion
  Gathering of Academy of Notre Dame alumna  

Over 300 alumna and former faculty gathered for a reunion Mass and reception honoring the legacy of the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, Illinois, August 5, 2023. Attendees spanning four decades reunited to give thanks for the superior Catholic education provided by the School Sisters of Notre Dame from the school's opening in 1924 until its closure in 1972. Stories and memories were shared along with historical memorabilia. The school's history shows the bonds built there continue to unite graduates 100 years later. The reunion celebrated the community and values nurtured over generations at the Academy of Notre Dame.

Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger image
  The history of Foundation Day  

October 24 marks the 190th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). On this day in 1833, Caroline Gerhardinger (later known as Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger) and two other women began living in community in Bavaria, Germany, planting the first seeds of the SSND congregation. While early celebrations of this milestone are unknown, we know the 25th anniversary was commemorated in 1858 and grand festivities were held for the 50th, 100th and 150th anniversaries. Today, Foundation Day is celebrated everywhere SSND gather as they remember their roots, give thanks for their blessings and recommit to their mission.

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Check out Unscripted videos each month to learn fun facts about our sisters. This month – Why did Sister Judy Bakula become a School Sister of Notre Dame?

We are all one family, SSND living in community

We are all one family


Check out a new video that looks at how SSND build community to serve their larger communities and sisters.

#GivingTuesday - Save the Date

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday


Join the community of online donors on November 28 for #GivingTuesday. Your support will help SSND with their ministries and retirement needs.

Women's Leadership Luncheon 2024, Women as Peacemakers - Register Now!

Register Now: WLL


Join us in March 2024 and be a part of the celebration of Women as Peacemakers. Don’t miss this important event.

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

Sister Veronica Horvat, September 1, 2023
Sister Marie Russell, September 6, 2023
Sister Mary Alene Kuhn, September 7, 2023
Sister Eleanor Ewertz, September 20, 2023
Sister Mary Damian Tucker, September 24, 2023

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