Celebrating 185 years of ministry

“Our goal is God because he alone is the reason for our existence.”

-Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger
Letter #5226, 1877

To celebrate the 185th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Central Pacific Province, Atlantic-Midwest Province and the Province of Africa developed a video featuring the poem, “Mother Theresa: Her Blessing” by Sister Maura Eichner, and photos from all three provinces.

 

Sister Sylvia Provost Teaching at RedemptoristAs the School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate the 185th anniversary of their founding, they continue to faithfully follow in the footsteps of Blessed Theresa, their foundress, who sought God in all things. Join SSNDs in prayer this October, as they celebrate their 185th anniversary on Foundation Day.

The congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded on October 24, 1833, when Blessed Theresa and two other women began a common religious life in Bavaria in present-day Germany. This new congregation came to life in response to God’s call to address social needs of the times through the education of 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 concept of transforming the world through education in the broadest sense.

Read about the many ways our sisters continue their mission of education by visiting 185 Years of Ministry, 185 Stories by and about Sisters.

 
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  • Use this time of the year to reflect on God’s works Earlier this year, Provincial Councilor Sister Anna Marie Reha found herself astounded at God’s vast beauty and endless abundance. Now that it is summertime, a typical time of rest and relaxation and for enjoying all of God’s creation, she finds herself reflecting again on the encyclical Laudato Si.
  • SSNDs open doors to Vietnam SSNDs in St. Louis and Mankato have welcomed eight sisters from Vietnam. Four sisters currently studying with SSNDs in St. Louis will soon be making their way to Mankato, Minnesota, to continue with their language studies. They hope to use their new skills to open a Catholic college in Vietnam.
  • Sending sisters to Austria Read Sister Carolyn Sur’s reflection on the process of sending two School Sisters of Notre Dame to Austria to teach immigrant and refugee children English. Sisters Jean Greenwald and Helen Plum will spend one to two years in this ministry working with children from the Middle East and Africa.
 

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