Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

November 1, 2019 – 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.



Sister Mary Donald Miller remembered for service to community

October 23, 2019 – Sister Mary Donald Miller of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato, Minnesota, was called home to God last week. Learn about her incredible impact on Southern Minnesota in the Mankato Free Press’s article: A Life Remembered: Miller founded Good Counsel Learning Center.



Earliest teachers and mentors are vital for success

October 15, 2019 – Frank Bennack discusses how SSND mentorship early in his life, shaped how he thinks about work, in his book, “Leave Something on the Table: And other surprising lessons for success in business and in life.” An excerpt from his early experience with SSND can be read on Thrive Global.



The late Sister Mary Beth Schraml was inducted into Schola Hall of Fame

October 7, 2019 – Loyola Catholic School and The Schola Foundation inducted the late Sister Mary Beth Schraml into the Schola Hall of Fame. The late Sister Mary Beth Schraml was honored for her deep and long-lasting commitment to Loyola Catholic School, Mankato, Minnesota. Read the full article in the Mankato Free Press.



Sister Debra Sciano received the Faithful Servant Award

October 3, 2019 – Sister Debra Sciano received the Faithful Servant Award from the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin. She was recognized for her dedicated work in Children’s Court for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office and more recently for her service as a family law mediator.



Insights on Alzheimer’s from long-running Nun Study

October 3, 2019 – The University of Waterloo, in Canada, published “Multilingualism and Dementia Risk: Longitudinal Analysis of the Nun Study,” in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn more about the newest study from co-author Dr. Suzanne Tyas.



Diversity awareness month

October 2, 2019 – In October, join the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) in recognizing and honoring diversity awareness month. Since 1833, SSND have committed to helping children and adults from all walks of life reach their fullest potential. Sisters work together to proclaim the good news, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. In March 2020, the Women’s Leadership Luncheons will focus on diversity with topics like, “Developing a culture of diversity and inclusion.” Learn More »



The grape arbor in Elm Grove

October 2, 2019 – Mother Caroline Friess, School Sisters of Notre Dame’s American foundress, carried the dedication to Christ as the Vine with her to Elm Grove, Wisconsin. She asked before her death in 1886, that a grape arbor be planted as a pathway to the cemetery as a reminder of our call to “remain in Christ.” Learn More »



“Seasickness appeared:” The first SSND voyage to North America

October 2, 2019 – Foundation Day for the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) is October 24. In honor of our foundress, Blessed Theresa, enjoy a small glimpse of the difficult trip she made with three other sisters, to establish SSND in North America. The trip was long and difficult and things did not get any easier after their arrival. Read More »



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

October 1, 2019 – 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.



ReEchoes Fall Newsletter

September 27, 2019 – 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.



Sister Kathleen Wegman lives out calling in community for 50 years

September 19, 2019 – Sister Kathleen Wegman, diocesan official and Jefferson City native, lives out her calling in the community for 50 years. Read more about Sister Kathleen Wegman’s service to her community in The Catholic Missourian.



MORE empowers through literacy and diversity

September 4, 2019 – During International Literacy Day, September 8, we celebrate the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) who have been educators for more than 185 years. Over the years, SSND continues to bring education and literacy to those in need through many different avenues. One such ministry is MORE, where sisters, staff and community members work to help low-income families, immigrants and refugees with English as a Second Language, financial sustainability, health services, and job searching. Learn More »



Care of Creation across the Province

September 4, 2019 – Seeing ourselves as one with all of creation, and attentive to the ecological crisis facing us at this time, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) commit themselves to educate, advocate and act in collaboration with others for the dignity of life and the care of all creation. The choices are not easy. They are not convenient at times, nevertheless, they are the choices we must make for the sake of all. Here are three Care of Creation initiatives sisters are actively participating in at different campuses. Learn More »



May peace prevail

September 4, 2019 – Join the School Sisters of Notre Dame and millions of people throughout the world on September 21 in observance of a day of peace and nonviolence. Ask yourself, “What will I do to promote peace today, so that the world can be transformed tomorrow?” Together, let us recommit ourselves to the work of transformation. Read More »



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