Feast of Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, May 9, 2021

"But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this
extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in
every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair…"

2 Corinthians 4:7-8

Dear Friend,

Saint Paul’s words have been a comfort to many over the centuries. They show human life is fragile for all, yet God’s power surpasses our afflictions.

As we commemorate the death of our foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, more than 140 years ago, we seek your partnership to meet the ongoing needs of our retired sisters. Blessed Theresa placed complete trust in God’s power to sustain her and our Congregation throughout many challenges.

She was not alone as a woman of faith. School Sisters of Notre Dame who are now retired from full-time ministry are women of extraordinary faith who spent their lives dedicated to helping others reach the fullness of their potential. Now, they continue to minister to God’s people through prayer and presence.

Our retired sisters, like everyone else, have had to navigate the challenges imposed by the pandemic:

  • Restrictions on meeting one-on-one with students and no longer teaching or tutoring in classroom settings.
  • Isolation, taking away the ability to celebrate the Eucharist and pray together in community, which is central to fully living our vowed life.
  • Quarantining in place and not being allowed to go into the broader community to serve at our ministries.
  • Loss of loved ones, including nine of our own sisters who died at Notre Dame of Elm Grove in December 2020, from the coronavirus.

We understand you have not gone untouched by the pandemic and promise to keep you in our prayers. Your financial gift will help to support the retired sisters as they aim to be the light and loving arms of Christ in the world.

With blessings, peace and deep gratitude,

Sister Debra Sciano, SSND

Sister Debra Marie Sciano, SSND
Provincial Leader

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