Associates are lay women and men who live out the mission and spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in their everyday lives. Each associate uses their individual and unique talents to help address changing needs, serving in their local communities and beyond. Read some of their stories to learn more about their work and impact on our world.

SSND associates take a stand against human trafficking

Partipcants were encouraged to share in small gorups during the Symposium on human trafficking held in Chatawa, Mississippi. Central Pacific Province — Associates throughout the Central Pacific province are taking a stand against human trafficking through prayer, education and helping those who are impacted. Three human trafficking conferences were held in St. Louis, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, and Chatawa, Mississippi, in an effort to educate associates. Read more...



SSND associates nicknamed “The Cemetery Girls”

Janice Taulli-Lasseigne reviwing tombstones at the Chatawa Cemetery. Photo by Tina ConvingtonMississippi — The cemetery in Chatawa, Mississippi, is a community cemetery shared by the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and local residents. The cemetery dates back 150 years. Two SSND associates have deepened their relationship with the congregation and are giving back to the community through their cemetery project. Read more...



SSNDCP associates – 2018 in review

Two SSND associates who gathered in 2018. Central Pacific Province — The associates of the Central Pacific Province would like to share their 2018 highlights and statistics. Read more...



Associates build extended communities

Sister Joan Marie Van Beek and Associate Cindy Molinari are active members of the associates group in Ohio.Central Pacific Province — SSND associates are located across the United States and around the world. United in a desire to live out the spirit and mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the associates are lay women and men who better their communities in their own ways. Read more...



SSNDCP associates – 2017 in review

Associates recovenanting in St. Louis. Loretta Hopgood celebrates 40 years as an associate.Central Pacific Province — The associates of the Central Pacific Province would like to share their 2017 highlights and statistics. Read more...



Prayer sacks

Sisters and associates in Coolville, Ohio, assemble prayer sacks for the Catholic youth in the area. Ohio and West Virginia — In July, 2015, Associate Cecelia Helmick brought a unique idea to our monthly associate gathering in Coolville, Ohio. She told us about “The Father’s Love Letter”, which is a compilation of about 50 Scripture quotes that are put together as a “love letter” from God. These love letters take the form of prayer sacks. Read more...



Teaching those in need

Men of Burma learning to dress in layers.Wisconsin — As a member of St. Michael parish in Milwaukee, I have had the fortune to volunteer in the English as a second language (ESL) program, teaching English to Karen people from Burma. My SSND companion, Sister Lillia Langreck, previously ran an ESL program at St. Michael helping Hmong, Laotian and Cambodian people when they arrived from refugee camps in the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's. Read more...



Writing and my bus ministry

Associate Mary Heyn of Milwaukee has a unique location for her ministry: on a bus. Wisconsin — To me, mercy means being available to joyfully and humbly serve as needed, which is what I do in my “bus ministry” as I wait at city bus stops and ride city buses in Milwaukee.

I have incorporated my bus ministry with another ministry: bringing Scripture to life by condensing it into readable poetry and publishing it as books. I share these books with those I meet. Read more...



Prayer quilts

A prayer quilt created for the nephew of a fellow associate.California — I am an SSND Associate and a member of the Quilt Club at Guardian Angels Parish in Santee, California. We provide handmade prayer quilts for those who are ill and ask for our prayers.

The prayer quilt is a visible sign that people are praying for the person in need. The layers of the quilt is held together by a long heavy piece of thread, which are tied off by a square knot. When the knot is tied, a prayer is said for the person in need. Read more...



Beekeeping shows mercy and compassion

Beekeeper - Dianne HenkeWisconsin — Most people may not think of beekeeping as an act of mercy. However, if the main reason to care for bees is to help them survive in an increasingly unsafe environment made so by human action, and to refrain from exploiting them for the honey they produce, beekeeping surely represents compassion and mercy. Read more...



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