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Standing for human dignity and against human trafficking

January 4, 2023 - January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is present in every state and province where the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) live and minister. Pope Francis describes human trafficking as “a crime against humanity” and “a deep and open wound in the body of Christ and in the body of all humanity, which affects each one of us.” Tim Dewane, director of Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation, details how the sisters of Central Pacific Province work on the issue of human trafficking utilizing three paths – awareness building, advocacy and engagement. Learn More »



Performing with the St. Louis Symphony

January 4, 2023 – The St. Louis Symphony invited educators from around the country to perform with them on stage. Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, was one of the 100 teachers, representing 64 school districts, chosen for the honor and selected to play first chair clarinet. Sister Gail reflects on her experience performing at the symphony. Read More »



Celebrating Epiphany and creativity!

January 4, 2023 – Sister Lynore Girmscheid reflects on the feast of the Epiphany and the special place it holds in her heart. This year holds particular meaning for her, as she contemplates retirement and taking the opportunity to explore creative activities. Read More »



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

January 1, 2023 – The January 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. Read more about SSND social justice issues.



Most SSND members moved from Good Counsel Hill

December 28, 2022 – More than 100 nuns have moved from the sweeping campus at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato, Minnesota. To learn more read The Free Press article, “No. 6: Most SSND members moved from Good Counsel Hill.”



Sister Jan Gregorcich participates in Catholic Sisters Walking with Migrants program

December 9, 2022 – Sister Jan Gregorcich was one among four congregations of sisters to take part in the Catholic Sisters Walking with Migrants program. To learn more read the Global Sisters Report article, “Sisters at our best: Cookies and cardboard tables at the US-Mexico border.”



Sister Lucy Nigh organizes memorial cross ceremony for 23-year-old migrant

December 7, 2022 – Since 2015, more than 160 memorial crosses have been planted in Cochise County of Arizona, organized by group members from diverse backgrounds from various civic and religious groups including the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The latest memorial cross was planted in honor of a 23-year-old migrant. To learn more read the Global Sisters Report article, “Remembering Ireny Perez Escalante, a 23-year-old migrant, by planting a cross.”



God newborn

December 7, 2022 – Sister Lynne Schmidt offers a Christmas reflection. She reminds us of the wonder of the Christ child and how often we must trust in God’s love and wisdom on uncertain paths. Read More »



Christmas traditions

December 7, 2022 – Prior to the 1970s, the sisters lived a semi-cloistered life, meaning their life centered around the convent, the church and school. What did SSND Christmas celebrations look like during this period? SSND Archivist Michelle Levandoski, offers a peek into past SSND Christmas traditions. Learn More »



Building community grounded in oneness through hospitality

December 7, 2022 – Sisters Bernadette Welter, Mary Jo Welter, Anita Kolles and Sue Von Bank reflect on their recent move from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, to the Benedictine Living Community in Shakopee, Minnesota. As they settle in and reflect on the holiday season, they are reminded of how connection and community are central to building traditions in their new homes. Read More »



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

December 1, 2022 – 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.



ReEchoes Fall 2022 Newsletter

November 29, 2022 – The fall issue of ReEchoes is available online. This issue focuses on the unique history on Good Counsel Hill. 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 Lynore Girmscheid takes part in video production

November 22, 2022 – Sister Lynore Girmscheid took part in the Archdiocese of St. Paul’s video production of the 2022 Retirement Fund for Religious campaign. View the video to see Sister Lynore Girmscheid.



A wholistic approach to wellness: Body, mind and spirit

November 2, 2022 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province (SSNDCP) have been approaching health in new ways, looking at the mental, physical, social, financial, spiritual, environmental and vocational components of sister’s lives. To this end, the Wellness Department SSNDCP, with a committee of SSND, developed a Philosophy of Wellness and Care to support and guide the sisters in reaching their fullest potential throughout their lives. Learn More »



Sister Jan Berberich reflects on gratitude

November 2, 2022 – Sister Jan Berberich reflects on gratitude and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Her Oh, reflection highlights the ‘giving’ part of Thanksgiving and whether she has “returned the kindness.” She reminds us of all as we approach the official day of gratitude, or Thanksgiving, to incorporate gratitude and giving throughout the year. Read More »



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