Sisters in St. Louis were interviewed for Fox 2 News for their work creating mats for the homeless.

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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.



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.



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Mission
The mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province is to proclaim the Good News, directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent for which God calls all. As Jesus was sent to show God’s love to the world, we are sent to make Christ, to make God, visible by our very being, by sharing our love, faith and hope.
Locations
The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province currently live and minister in 21 states, the U.S. territory of Guam, and the countries of Austria, Italy, Japan and Nepal. Although sisters serve around the world, most reside and serve in or near five main locations: Notre Dame of Dallas in Dallas; Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wisconsin; Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota; Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis; and St. Mary of the Pines in Chatawa, Mississippi.
Ministries
Sisters work to transform the world through education with the belief that education extends beyond the classroom. They work in a variety of ministries, helping individuals and communities that are marginalized. Sisters serve in traditional schools, non-traditional education environments, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, parishes and agencies addressing social issues. Read about our ministries.
Social justice and advocacy
Social justice and advocacy issues are also central to the SSNDs. Caring for the Earth, accompanying those who are poor and marginalized, stopping human trafficking and promoting justice are key issues for sisters. Through Shalom, our office for justice, peace and the integrity of creation, sisters actively engage in direct ministry and service, letter writing campaigns, community educational events and activism. Explore social justice and advocacy causes.
History
The School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded on October 24, 1833 when Caroline Gerhardinger and two other women began a common religious life in Germany. This new congregation came in response to the call for a greater separation between church and state in Germany. The state began confiscating church possessions, leading to the closure of several Christian schools, the only source of education for many girls. The School Sisters of Notre Dame began as educators and continue as educators. Now located throughout the world, SSNDs serve in a variety of ministries, grounded in the idea of transforming the world through education in the broadest sense. Read more about our foundresses and history.
Leadership
The Central Pacific Province is led by the Provincial Council, which is made up of sisters elected by their peers to serve the province. This group provides governance, planning, spiritual guidance and day-to-day leadership of the sisters who make up of the province. The current provincial council was installed in June of 2015 and will serve until June 2019. Learn more about our leadership.
Facts
  • The School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded in 1833 by Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger in Germany.
  • Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger was born in 1797 and died in 1879. She led the School Sisters of Notre Dame until her death.
  • In 1865, Pope Pius IX approved the rule and constitutions of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
  • Blessed Theresa came to the United States in 1847.
  • Mother Caroline Friess, leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in North America, was born in 1824. She was appointed to lead the SSND in North America in 1848. Mother Caroline led the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States until her death in 1892.
  • In 1850, School Sisters of Notre Dame were serving in six missions throughout the United States. By 1876, School Sisters of Notre Dame were serving in approximately 150 missions throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Starting in 1915, North American School Sisters of Notre Dame began serving throughout the world, beginning in Puerto Rico and including England japan and Guam in following years.
  • In 1965, nearly 7,000 School Sisters of Notre Dame from North America were serving in North America, Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
  • On November 17, 1985, Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger was declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  • The Atlantic-Midwest Province was established in 2006. It included Baltimore, Chicago and the Wilton Provinces. In 2012, the Canadian province was integrated into the AM Province.
  • In 2011, the Central Pacific Province was formed. It includes four former provinces – Milwaukee, St. Louis, Mankato, Minn., and Dallas.
  • There are currently 987 School Sisters of Notre Dame serving in the Central Pacific Province.
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province live and work in 21 states in the United States of America.
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province serve in 57 dioceses across the United States.
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province live and work in five countries - United States (and the U.S. territory of Guam), Austria, Italy, Japan and Nepal.

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The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province is part of an international community of women religious whose mission is to proclaim the Good News, directing their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. The sisters live and minister in 57 dioceses, 21 states, the U.S. territory of Guam, Austria, Italy, Japan and Nepal. They continue the sacred work of their foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, to transform the world through education, giving special emphasis to women, young people and those who are poor.
 

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