Africa, Asia, North America


The School Sisters of Notre Dame are active in a wide variety of ministries including education, health care, social outreach and pastoral ministry.


Shalom - Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation

Impelled by the spirit of Jesus Christ, the pursuit of justice, peace and integrity of creation is at the heart of what it means to be a School Sister of Notre Dame. Our charism reflects a call for justice rooted in the Gospel message and Catholic Social Teaching.

A particular concern in all our ministries is the establishment of a just society. We call ourselves and others to embody gospel values and to live the social teachings of the church. Working toward the enablement of persons and the promotion of human dignity, we contribute to positive systemic change in society."

You Are Sent, Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

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Committed to promoting the culture of life

As educators with a global vision, the School Sisters of Notre Dame strive to create a global community where human dignity is respected, all creation is treasured, spirituality is nourished and justice is accomplished. In other words, we commit ourselves to promote the culture of life. We work actively toward enhancing just structures that foster fullness of life and toward changing unjust structures that inhibit it.

We work actively, especially in our local situations, to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.”

You Are Sent

International Shalom Network


Shalom is the term we use to describe our SSND international network for justice, peace, and integrity of creation. Shalom is the Hebrew word for Peace and implies restoring all things to their right order or original integrity.  More than 2,500 sisters, associates, and friends of SSND across five continents make up the Shalom Network.

Through Shalom we take actions that lead to:

  • reconciliation,
  • solidarity with the oppressed,
  • the promotion of human dignity, and
  • collaboration with ecological movements to safeguard Earth.

Learn more about how we actively promote the culture of life through Shalom.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame also work on making a difference at the United Nations through our involvement as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)

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