Seeking goodness in challenging times

December 2023 | Monthly eNewsletter

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  Seeking goodness in challenging times  

In her Advent reflection, Sister Mary Kay Brooks, a member of SSND Central Pacific Province provincial council, contemplates how to respond with faith and see the goodness in others during an era of global strife and suffering. From mass shootings to war, she grapples with the question, “How can we be so cruel to each other?” Yet like Mary and Joseph facing uncertainty and rejection, Sister Mary Kay chooses to believe in the infinite goodness within all people. She finds hope in stories of heroism emerging from tragedy and looks for opportunities in her daily life to offer small acts of kindness. As we enter the Christmas season, Sister Mary Kay calls us to see with eyes of goodness, respond with courage, and trust that God’s dreams are unfolding even in troubled times. She encourages us to be a healing presence to all we encounter, just as so many unknown people brought aid and comfort to the Holy Family. May the goodness within each of us be a light in the darkness.

SSND at Alzheimers Walk in Our Lady of Angels in Wisconsin
  Our Lady of the Angels: A caring community  

At Our Lady of the Angels in Greenfield, Wisconsin, School Sisters of Notre Dame receive specialized memory care tailored to their needs. Daily Mass, prayer, music, exercise, gardening and more allow the sisters to stay engaged in this enriching community designed with their input. Dedicated staff provide compassionate person-centered care. Our Lady of the Angels nurtures spirituality and connections through visits and celebrations. By establishing this supportive home in collaboration with partners, the School Sisters of Notre Dame continue their legacy of love and service.

Homemade nativity sets by Sister Lucille Coughlin
  Earth-friendly Christmas  

Sister Kathy Schmittgens shares a reflection of ways to show love through sustainable giving. The Christmas shopping season offers a chance to be mindful of consumption and a chance to live into the SSND Laudato Si’ Year 2 Action Plan. With a little creativity, giving meaningful gifts can also care for our common home. Gift-giving can still warm hearts while reducing waste when gifts are chosen intentionally and considering quality over quantity.

2023 Women's Leadership Lncheon Milwaukee speaker Mary E. Triggiano

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On March 7, 2024, the second of the 2024 Women’s Leadership Luncheons will be in Milwaukee. Guest speaker, Mary E. Triggiano, will talk about ‘Reshaping Justice: Restorative, Problem-Solving and Trauma-Informed.’

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Thank you


The School Sisters of Notre Dame offer a heartfelt THANK YOU for your generous gifts during Giving Tuesday! Your support makes a difference!

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Check out Unscripted videos each month to learn fun facts about our sisters. This month – Sister Lorraine Soukup shares a story about the mischief young sisters get into.

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

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