COVID-19 Updates:

Remaining positive, strong and healthy

A message from Sister Debra Sciano, Provincial Leader

June 16, 2020 – Sister Debra Sciano, Provincial Leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province, shares a video message update from the sisters and province. Watch now...



COVID-19 inspires staff member at OLGC

June 12, 2020 – Sondra is the Life Enrichment Manager at Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC), Mankato, Minnesota. She has worked with the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) for 16 years. Sondra’s job has changed considerably during this time with more of a focus on one-to-one interaction. “They have been very proactive in keeping Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) COVID free,” said Sondra. “Keep on praying that it stays away, pray that a vaccine is found soon and pray for all the lives that have been lost.” Read more...



COVID-19 inspires staff member at NDEG

June 5, 2020 – Maria is a Receptionist at Notre Dame Elm Grove (NDEG), Elm Grove, Wisconsin. Her work normally consists of answering phones and greeting guests and sisters. Recently her job, as well as her motivation, have changed due to COVID-19. She says, “My motivation right now is simply to keep both the sisters and staff healthy, in any way I can. It has added value to my job description.” Read more...



COVID-19 inspires staff member in St. Louis

June 1, 2020 – Melanie is a health services worker at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. Her work with the sisters, helping with medicine and sisters in hospice has been a struggle during COVID-19 due to limited contact. But, Melanie says, “I truly love my job. It's a blessing to work where I know I'm making a difference in the sister’s lives.” Learn more...



Live hope during COVID-19

May 14, 2020 – A message from the provincial council encourages people to live hope. Author Kate Davies wrote a book called, "Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Time." In it, she identifies many of the plights in our world: climate disruptions, social inequality, pollution, political unrest, wars, etc. Interestingly, the book was published in 2018, long before COVID-19, but now many of these troubles have been magnified by this pandemic. Fear, despair and grief are amplified and so, more than ever, we need to live HOPE. Read more…



A look at the lives of priests and women religious lost to the coronavirus

May 12, 2020 – Featured in America: The Jesuit Review article, “A look at the lives of priests and women religious lost to the coronavirus.” Read more…



COVID-19 wood cross creation

May 7, 2020 – Sister Karen Warren was inspired to create this wood cross titled “Stay at home” during the pandemic. While she has been creating pens, ice cream scoops and other wood creations for years, this piece is truly special to her. “For me, it was a very sacred time. My whole being; mind, body and spirit were part of it. I needed to be totally present in prayer and in my connection to God,” says Sister Karen. Learn more about this cross…



COVID-19 inspires mask making

April 30, 2020 – Sisters at Notre Dame of Elm Grove (NDEG), Elm Grove, Wisconsin, got the idea for making masks after hearing that local hospitals were in need. Running the idea by the campus administration, they realized their own community also needed masks for all sisters and lay staff. They currently have enough made for sisters and lay staff on campus with hopes to make more for hospitals in the future. This is a great example of being creative and recycling in order to support a good cause! Read about mask making…



The coronavirus outbreak was difficult to trace in a Wisconsin nursing home for sisters

April 30, 2020 – The coronavirus outbreak was difficult to trace in the Wisconsin convent, which specializes in care for aging nuns with dementia. Read more…



SSND is one of more than 100 groups demanding a stop to deportations to Haiti

April 28, 2020 – Learn more about a coalition of more than 100 groups in which, they demand Trump stop deportations to Haiti in The Haitian Times. Learn more...



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