The value in community!

November 2023 | Monthly eNewsletter

Sisters collect recyclable once a week at Sarah Community to live out their commitment to Laudato Si'.
  Laudato Si’ and community empowerment  

School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) living at The Sarah Community, Bridgeton, Missouri, were spurred to action after watching the film, The Letter, and hearing a talk by Sister Maxine Pohlman on Laudato Si'. Sisters organized themselves into one of three groups: Prayer, Education and Action. Sister Judith Herold reflects on how the three groups are living out Laudato Si’ and emphasizes the value of community in responding to the ecological crisis - by joining together, supporting and working toward solutions. Learn more about how SSND are empowering their community and view a short video on our webpage.

On Gratitude
  SSND reflects on gratitude  

As School Sisters of Notre Dame, gratitude is at the heart of SSND spirituality and is expressed beautifully in lived experiences. From reflecting on God's abundant graces, to appreciating SSND community, to finding joy in the natural world, these perspectives highlight the multitude of reasons to be thankful. With Thanksgiving around the corner, SSND reflect on gratitude, inspiring an attitude of thankfulness, not just during this season, but every day.

Sister Bridget Waldorf with Youth and Theolgy Ministry Program
  National Vocation Awareness Week 2023  

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is celebrated annually in November to promote vocations to ordained ministry and religious life. This year, NAVW is November 5-11. School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Vocation Team hosts activities online and in person to educate youth and young adults about discerning God's call. They partner with schools, parishes and others to connect with those in discernment. SSND invite everyone to consider what they can do to raise awareness of religious vocations during NVAW and beyond.

GivingTuesday 2023



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

Rabbi Susan Talve, speaker at the Women's Leadership Luncheon in St. Louis

Join us in St. Louis


On March 4, 2024, the first of the 2024 Women’s Leadership Luncheons will kick off in St. Louis. Guest speaker, Rabbi Susan Talve, will talk about ‘Radical Nonviolent Peacemaking Strategies-Secrets from the Women of the Torah.’

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In Mission


The SSND Congregational publication is now available. This year’s magazine explores the 190th anniversary of the founding of SSND and the ongoing work of SSND.

This image is with a chalkboard, flying color chalk, an SSND logo and the words Unscripted: real stories from sisters. This is a photo of the intro video used in our social media vignettes. Created using Canva



Check out Unscripted videos each month to learn fun facts about our sisters. This month – What joy did Sister Avila get from working with children?

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

Sister Mary Edwin Lanners, October 9, 2023
Sister M. Jonelle Rein, October 24, 2023

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