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SSNDs assist by donating space to nonprofit

Janaury 15, 2018 – The Mankato Free Press featured a new local nonprofit started by area moms called the S.S. Boutique. The S.S. Boutique is a nonprofit that collects clothing and household items for families in need. They partner with Mankato Public Schools and area social service agencies to distribute the donated items to people in hardship. Our Lady of Good Counsel is donating storage space on Good Counsel Hill to allow the drive to become an ongoing endeavor. Read more about their efforts to assist local families.



SSND’s new North American Archives featured in Milwaukee newspaper

January 12, 2018 – The North American archives of the School Sisters of Notre Dame were featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article examines the archives, housed at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, which allow visitors to look up past teachers and sisters they may have known. Opened in January 2018, the archives combine all the photos and documents of the Central Pacific and Atlantic-Midwest Provinces. Read more.



Sister’s column in Global Sisters Report reflects on community

December 27, 2017 – Sister Judy Best’s latest column in Global Sisters Report focuses on living in an Augustinian community and experiencing joy. She states that living in a large community allows one to “[be aware of one’s] own blind spots, to rejoice in another point of view, and to meet truth in the charming chaos of community living.” She also shares stories that have brought her happiness or laughter, and result in being a part of a larger community. Read more on the Global Sisters Report .



Our Lady of Good Counsel hosts first Singing Hills Chorus concert

December 16, 2017 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, hosted Singing Hills Chorus’s first concert. The chorus is remarkable for being comprised of people who have neurodegenerative diseases, their caregivers and volunteers. The chorus’s 12-song lineup, entitled “Peace, Love & Joy” included Christmas classics and two songs from the “Sound of Music.” Read more about the concert and the Singing Hills Chorus.



SSND Associate named new director for Louisiana women’s prison Kairos Retreats

December 15, 2017 – School Sisters of Notre Dame Associate Anne Cramer will assume the duties as clergy director of the Kairos LCIW Advisory Council for Louisiana. Kairos Inside is an introductory course into Christianity, and is composed of volunteer teams of men and women from communities surrounding the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, or LCIW. Anne will help lead and coordinate these teams, who guide incarcerated participants through a weekend full of talks, discussions, chapel meditations and music. Anne is a deacon at University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has served on several Kairos teams, recognizing what a difference this experience can have on all involved, both on the incarcerated and on members of the retreat team. Learn more about Kairos at LCIW.



Congressman meets with sisters to discuss dreamers and immigration

December 15, 2017 – Representative James Sensenbrenner met with sisters at Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, to discuss immigration and the Dreamers. The congressman, who represents Wisconsin’s fifth district, attended Mass and had lunch with the sisters. View a photo from the meeting.



Sister Beatriz Martinez featured in an article promoting dialogue within Dallas Diocese

December 14, 2017 – Sister Beatriz Martinez was interviewed by the National Catholic Reporter for her work with the Hispanic community of the Dallas Diocese. The article explored how the diocese is uniting the 1.3 million Catholics in the Dallas area by holding open dialogues between the varying groups. The diocesan V Encuentro, specifically, promotes conversations that will help form the future of the Catholic church by hearing from the increasing majority of Hispanic Catholics in the United States. Read more about V Encuentro and Sister Beatriz’s participation.



Sisters participating in brain donation to help further dementia research

December 11, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck is one of many School Sisters of Notre Dame and sisters from other religious orders participating in dementia research. When she dies, she will donate her brain, which will prove invaluable to learning more about age-related brain disease. As Sister Carleen’s brain is healthy, her donation will help researchers fully understand the diseases that plague so many of the elderly. She was featured on Undark, a non-profit digital magazine dedicated to exploring the intersection of science and society. Read more about the research.



Sister featured in Catholic Spirit for work with retirement

December 8, 2017 – Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen was featured in the Catholic Spirit for her ministry helping others retire. She recently retired from her work with the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, and during her time there, helped fund the needs of sisters in retirement. Read more about Sister Kathleen Mary’s impact.



Sister Kathleen Storms featured for new leadership position in Rome

December 7, 2017 – Sister Kathleen Storms was featured in the Catholic Messenger newspaper of Davenport, Iowa, for her new position on the General Council in Rome. She has served as the director of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center near Wheatland, Iowa, for many years. The General Council is the governing body of the School Sisters of Notre Dame congregation and will help implement the new Directional Statement. Read more about Sister Kathleen’s new ministry.



SSND Central Pacific and Atlantic-Midwest provincial councils gather to discuss future

December 5, 2017 – The provincial councils of Atlantic-Midwest and Central Pacific gathered on November 30 and December 1, 2017 to explore potential areas of collaboration as our provinces implement the Directional Statements from the 24th General Chapter. Time was also given to information and updates about ongoing joint efforts such as the postulancy, the personnel directory and the North American Archives, as well as surfacing agenda items for the Collaborative Leadership meeting with Africa and the new General Council in April 2018. The meeting was held at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Connecticut.



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

December 1, 2017 – The December issue of Shalom/UN-NGO newsletter is available online. This newsletter is an e-publication of the School Sisters of Notre Dame that provides timely information for reflection and action on priority matters of justice, peace and integrity of creation. Read more about SSND social justice issues.



Sister receives Community Peace Maker Award

November 17, 2017 – Sister Gladys Schmitz was one of several people honored at the Kessel Peace Institute’s Peace Awards on November 14. She received the Community Peace Maker Award for her work coordinating vigils at the post office in Mankato, Minnesota, since 2001. The Kessel Peace Institute is part of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Read more about Sister Gladys and other award recipients.



Sister discovers how to ‘stand’ for justice

November 15, 2017 – Sister Judith Best was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her reflection “’Here I stand’ for justice.” In the article, she explores the impact Martin Luther of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther King, Jr., and a St. Louis Jewish congregation have had on influencing social change. She compares how the three pushed for systemic justice peacefully, and how each has made a lasting contribution. Read more of the reflection.



Sister featured for teachings about love and life

November 9, 2017 – Sister Kieran Sawyer was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her ministry as a sex education teacher. In the interview, Sister Kieran she spoke about her teaching methods, which include her “L.I.F.E.” structure, meaning love, infatuation, friendship and exploitation. She has served in this ministry since the 1970s, and continues to adapt her program to fit the needs of today’s teenagers. Read more in the Global Sisters Report .



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