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Shalom News North America

July 12, 2017 – The July/August issue of Shalom News North America is available online. Shalom News 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.



Reflection on SSND foundress featured on Global Sisters Report

July 12, 2017 – Sister Judy Best wrote a reflection about the School Sisters of Notre Dame foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. The reflection, entitled “Wise as serpents, simple as doves: our strategy,” compares the struggles and coping mechanisms Blessed Theresa used in the 1800s with experiences sisters have today. Read more about the comparison on Global Sisters Report.



CESRM welcomes new director

July 6, 2017 – An SSND ministry, the Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry in Mankato, Minnesota, welcomes a new director, Laura Peterson. Peterson is featured in the Mankato Free Press for her role within the ministry as well as her past accomplishments. She hopes to grow the program to make Minnesota more sustainable and continue on the mission and legacy of those who came before her. Learn more about Peterson and her work. Learn more about Peterson and her work.



SSND reflection featured on Global Sisters Report

July 5, 2017 – Sister Judy Best was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her “Reflection on the apostolic visitation, 2008-2017.” She speaks about women’s role within the Catholic church. She also examines her experience as a woman religious and how she fits in to an ever evolving institution. Read more about Sister Judy’s perception.



July International Solidarity Reflection

July 1, 2017 – The July edition of the international Solidarity Reflection is now available. This month’s focus is human trafficking. The reflections are produced by Shalom, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Read the reflection.



SSNDs open doors to Vietnam

Four sisters with the Lovers of the Holy Cross from Vietnam came to the SSNDs to study English. June 26, 2017 – 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. How have you opened the door to others? >MORE



Life as I Know It in Eggenburg

Sisters Martha Bertsch, Helen Plum and Jean Greenwald teach refugee boys in Eggenburg, Austria. June 19, 2017 – Sister Jean Greenwald reflects upon her time teaching immigrants and refugees English in Eggenburg, Austria. She and Sister Helen Plum will be there at least one year to help refugees assimilate into Austrian culture. Sister Jean explains their daily situation in Eggenburg. How do I welcome the stranger? >MORE



Prison ministry sister featured in Global Sisters Report

June 15, 2017 – Sister Rose Rita Huelsmann was featured in the Global Sisters Report for her work with the Criminal Justice Ministry in St. Louis. She served as the coordinator of volunteers for the ministry, which provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated people in the St. Louis area. Sister Rose Rita recently retired after 13 years, but hopes she can still work towards prison reform. Read more about Sister Rose Rita’s work.



Notre Dame of Quincy celebrates 150th anniversary

June 12, 2017 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate their 150th anniversary in Quincy, Illinois. The anniversary was celebrated with a Mass in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., to honor the sisters for their commitment to education and formation in the area. SSNDs arrived in 1859 when Mother Caroline Friess explored opportunities for sisters to educate German immigrants. In 1867, SSNDs opened the Covenant School of the Infant Jesus, now Quincy Notre Dame High School. Learn more about SSNDs’ impact on Quincy, Ill.



Sister received honorary doctorate

Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate from Aquinas Institute for Theology.June 12, 2017 – Sister Carleen Reck received an honorary doctorate degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at S. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. She received the Doctorate of Humane Letters for her work as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Ministry. What is my impact on this world? >MORE



SSND ministries recognized for collaboration in St. Louis

June 8, 2017 – Marian Middle School and the English Tutoring Project were featured in the Global Sisters Report for their collaborative efforts of women religious. Both are co-sponsored ministries of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, yet sisters of many congregations of women religious collaborate to make both organizations possible and successful. Seventeen congregations in the St. Louis area formed a nonprofit, the St. Louis Area Women Religious Collaborative Ministries, in 1998. Both Marian Middle School and the English Tutoring Project came from this nonprofit. Read more about collaborative efforts of women religious in St. Louis.



Prayer sacks provide “love letters” from God

Sisters and associates in Coolville, Ohio, assemble prayer sacks for the Catholic youth in the area. June 5, 2016 – Associates in Ohio and West Virginia place quotes from “The Father’s Love Letter” into paper bags to distribute to those in need of prayers. The prayer sacks provide inspiration and a special blessing to each recipient, and have been given to schools and youth groups. What do you do to inspire and bless others? Read more…



Shalom News North America

June 1, 2017 – The May issue of Shalom News North America is available online. Shalom News 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…



Sisters’ teachings remembered in Illinois

June 1, 2017 – As part of the Belleville Messenger’s 110th Anniversary, it remembers history throughout the diocese. In 1979, three School Sisters of Notre Dame volunteered to teach a two-week Bible School program at St. Joseph, Cobden, in Belleville, Illinois. Sisters Linda Maune, Sophia Ebert and Janice Munier took on the summer program in addition to their regular work at Belleville Diocesesan schools. The sisters’ teachings focused on sacraments, especially Baptism. Learn more about their work in Belleville. Learn more about their work in Belleville.



Sister featured for work at retirement community

May 31, 2017 – Sister Carol Markus was highlighted in the U.S. Catholic for her work at the Cottages at Cathedral Square, a low-income senior housing development in Belleville, Illinois. Sister Carol volunteers as an activities coordinator, providing spiritual direction in addition to fun things for residents to do. She has developed an intergenerational program for students at Cathedral Grade School to interact with the residents, injecting life and energy into the development. Learn more about the Cottages and Sister Carol’s work.



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