Facebook IconTwitter IconInstagram IconSpotify

Called to Action: A SSNDCP Podcast

Called to Action: An SSNDCP Podcast

The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) have supported women’s education and enrichment since its founding in 1833. To continue the tradition of education and enrichment, SSND Central Pacific (CP) Province has created a podcast, Called to Action, where we feature sisters, staff, SSND ministry leaders and prominent women in our communities who are leading efforts to change the world within five focus areas: Care of Creation, Immigration and Refugees, Human Trafficking, Gospel Peace and Nonviolence and Racial Justice.

Subscribe to our podcast, Called to Action, through Apple Podcasts or Spotify. A new episode is released every other week!

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Spotify Podcasts

The podcast, Called to Action, Season 1: Care of Creation, has ended. Join us for Season 2: Gospel Peace and Nonviolence to be released later this summer!

Season 1

Season 1 of Called to Action focuses on the area of Care of Creation. Sisters, staff, SSND ministry leaders and speakers from our 2021 Women’s Leadership Luncheons are featured. The topics range from farming and plastic bags, to why we should care about the Earth. We hope you come away from this season with a passion to implement change in your daily tasks to protect the Earth.

The final speaker for Season 1, Called to Action, is Megan Schnitker, Owner and Indigenous Traditional Herbalist, Lakota Made, LLC, a speaker during the 2021 Women's Leadership Luncheons in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her Native American culture values taking care of the Earth, as the Earth takes care of them. In her ancestry, women leaders in the Lakota culture have strong connections to the land. She expresses the importance of a sustainability-centered existence and strives to be one with nature, in all her work.

The School Sister of Notre Dame (SSND) Central Pacific (CP) Province is celebrating their 10th Anniversary on June 12, 2021. The former Dallas, Milwaukee, Mankato (Minnesota) and St. Louis Provinces became one on June 11, 2011. Listen to Sister Debra Sciano, provincial leader, talk about the history of the CP Province as the former Milwaukee Province provincial leader and now looking forward to the future.

Hear from Janette Monear, President/CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, a speaker during the 2021 Women's Leadership Luncheons. She is dedicated to creating livable and resilient communities through the use of trees, green infrastructure and sustainable design. She is a pioneer in urban forestry.

In this episode, we interview Wanda Kolo. Wanda, a 2021 Women’s Leadership Luncheon speaker, has over a decade of experience in the sustainability sector, ranging from sustainable design to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consulting and serves as Saint Louis Zoo’s Director of Sustainable Operations and Construction Management.

An interview with Shannon Hauf, Senior Vice President and Head of Seed Production Innovation, Bayer Crop Science. Shannon talks about her childhood on the farm and why farmers are great protectors of the Earth.

The Living Earth Center (LEC) in Mankato, Minnesota is a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In this episode, we talk with Laura Peterson the director of LEC. Hear about the history of LEC and the important role a garden can play in the community.

In this episode, we chat with Sister Jan Gregorcich, one of the founders of Global Partners Running Waters (GPRW). GPRW is a nonprofit organization with the mission to build and maintain intercultural relationships through collaborative partnerships benefiting rural and urban communities in Latin America.

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Marissa Jablonski, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. She is an accomplished water engineer, environmental advisor and plastics-reduction expert who has worked in more than 45 countries. She talks with us about what she learned from her failures, how we can live more eco-consciously and encouraging women in STEM fields.

Tim Dewane, director of Shalom - Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, joins us for an introduction of our topic of Care of Creation. Tim explains what Care of Creation means (hint: it's not just about the environment) and how it fits into the work of the SSNDCP.


*Opinions discussed in the podcast may not necessarily represent the opinions of School Sister of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province. Learn more about the Advocacy work done by the SSNDCP through our website.


Want to learn more?


School Sisters of Notre Dame

320 East Ripa Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63125

Phone: 314-561-4100



© 2021 School Sisters of Notre Dame