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.



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 »



Rug hooking in Guatemala

September 4, 2019 – A group of 16 women traveled from North America to Guatemala in hopes of learning about the culture and rug hooking. SSND Associate co-coordinator, Mariellyn Kuske, traveled with the group and had an incredible cultural experience. Mariellyn says, “We students received clear instruction in design and construction of the rugs. The local women openly shared their lives with us; each day a woman would share how she came to rug hooking and how her life had changed by learning this art, making and selling her rugs.” Read More »



Craft Fair traditions

September 4, 2019 – Learn about the history of the annual Craft Fair and Garage Sale at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, and enjoy the fun. Learn More »



St. Vincent Parish’s Suds of Love laundry ministry forms bonds

August 16, 2019 – St. Vincent Parish’s laundry ministry forms a community with its guests and volunteers, like Sister Jackie Toben. Read more…



Japanese children’s choir to perform at Mount Mary July 22

July 17, 2019 – The award-winning all-girls choir from Notre Dame Academy of Kyoto, Japan, will perform a free concert at Mount Mary University’s Helfaer Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22. This event is open to the public. Learn more



The travels and trials of Mother Caroline Friess

July 10, 2019 – Mother Caroline Friess was named representative in North America in 1850 at the age of 26 by Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. Her role required her to travel extensively throughout her lifetime and she used every means of transportation available. Mother Caroline suffered from every inconvenience imaginable – missed connections, bumpy roads, bad hotels and even a steamboat explosion. Mother Caroline wrote, “You can imagine how weariness, lack of sleep and hunger tormented us, for since we left Milwaukee we had had little sleep and no warm food.” Read More »



Sister’s mission to Africa provides enriching experiences

July 10, 2019 – July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day, commemorating the former South African leader and anti-apartheid revolutionary. In recognition of what Nelson Mandela represented, we take a look at the African ministries of Sister Eleanor Ewertz, who is celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year. Sister Eleanor spent time in Sierra Leone and Ghana teaching and inspiring young people to become strong and compassionate leaders. Read More »



Shalom/UN-NGO News North America

July 10, 2019 – The July 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.



The faithful and the furious

July 9, 2019 – Sister Judy Best explores her faith and the current tensions that make her furious. Read her article to see how you would respond.



Public utilities commission commissioners visit solar park

June 27, 2019 – The Public Utilities Commission commissioners stopped at Mankato’s School Sisters of Notre Dame Solar Park. The commissioners took the afternoon to learn about the economics and benefits SSND are receiving from the Solar Park. Watch the commissioner at the solar park.



Watch the recording of the provincial council installation

June 9, 2019 – Watch the recording of the provincial council’s installation on Pentecost, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Watch Now



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