The congregation traces its beginning to October 24, 1833, when Caroline Gerhardinger and two other women began a common religious life in Neunburg vorm Wald, Bavaria. Taking the religious name of Mary Theresa of Jesus, she grounded her community in poverty in order to reach the poor and dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in whom she found a model for herself, her sisters, and the young girls she served.
During the week leading up to Foundation Day, SSNDs have hosted or been honored at a variety of celebrations and events. On Friday, SSND Associate Mary Gunning will receive the Mother Caroline Friess Service Award from her alma mater, Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore, Maryland.
You can read more about our founding in the "Our History" section of this website.