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Vocations to religious life are joyful and alive!

November 3, 2021 – In the United States, National Vocation Awareness Week is celebrated each November, this year from November 7-13, 2021. It is a time to highlight and promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these vocations. Learn more...



Welcome to the Generalate

November 3, 2021 – Have you ever heard others talk about the Generalate in Rome and wondered what it is? Having lived at the Generalate for five years, and welcomed many guests to this SSND international center, Sister Kate DuVal offers her understanding and experience of what is often referred to as “the Generalate.” Read more...



One of life’s most stressful events

November 3, 2021 – The sisters at Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Gove, Wisconsin, move to Trinity Woods in December 2021. When asked about the move and transition, Sister Mary Kay Brooks, provincial councilor, shared her thoughts. Learn more...



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

November 1, 2021 – The November 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.



Elm Grove Independent features reflection from Sister Debra Marie Sciano

November 1, 2021 – The Elm Grove News – Independent contains the following article, “A Farewell Message & Reflection,” by Provincial Leader Sister Debra Marie Sciano (page 1). Read the Elm Grove News - Independent.



Loyola Catholic School delivers 50 pumpkins to Our Lady of Good Counsel

October 23, 2021 – Ninth grade students at Loyola Catholic School delivered more than 50 decorated pumpkins to members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Loyola students decorated and delivered the pumpkins as part of a project for their service learning class. To learn more read The Free Press article, “Names and notables: Loyola Catholic School.”



Sister Jean Dietrich received the Cross of Honor

October 14, 2021 – Bishop Shawn McKnight bestowed the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, otherwise known as the Cross of Honor, the highest papal honor possible for a lay person to Sister Jean Dietrich. The honor was established in 1888, and is awarded to clergy or lay people for their distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church. To learn more read the News Tribune article, “Local educators receive papal honors.”



ReEchoes Fall 2021 Newsletter

October 8, 2021 – The fall issue of ReEchoes is available online. ReEchoes is a biannual Good Counsel Academy Alumnae publication for Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy. Good Counsel Academy was part of Mankato’s educational tradition from 1912 until it closed in 1980. The association continues to be active and provides a connection for alumnae, faculty and friends. Download the fall issue of ReEchoes.



Foundation Day celebrations

October 6, 2021 – On October 24, the School Sisters of Notre Dame will celebrate 188 years since their founding in 1833. In honor of this incredible anniversary, you can enjoy past celebration stories, reflections and videos. Learn more...



A life in snapshots

October 6, 2021 – Sisters often have many different ministries during their life. Sister Joan Schaefer’s ministry life has taken her from St. Louis to Ghana, Rome, Dallas and Chatawa, Mississippi. Each location impacted her in a variety of ways. Learn more...



Sisters reflect on leadership

October 6, 2021 – A successful, confident leader possesses many different skill sets that shape their ability to lead. School Sisters of Notre Dame are leaders in many ways. Read more...



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

October 1, 2021 – The October 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.



Elm Grove Independent features photo of International Day of Peace Celebration

October 1, 2021 – The Elm Grove News – Independent contains the following photo: International Day of Peace celebration photo at Notre Dame of Elm Grove (page 7). Read the Elm Grove News - Independent.Read the Elm Grove News - Independent.



Sister Marianne Kempa received a Vatican II Award for Service

September 30, 2021 – Sister Marianne Kempa received a Vatican II Award for Service to the Church. The Vatican II Awards were established in 1991 to honor men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church’s vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council. She is the first SSND to receive this award in that category and the fourth SSND to ever receive a Vatican II Award. To learn more visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s website.



Longtime catechist finds joy in teaching

September 15, 2021 – Sister Christina Marie Frick spends two days a week teaching religion to children who attend public school in Teutopolis, Illinois. At 81 years old, she continues to find joy in teaching young children – and she has been teaching so long that many of her original students now have children and grandchildren of their own. To learn more read the Catholic Times article, “Longtime catechist finds joy in teaching.”



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