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Links to articles, photos and news reports about SSND and the sisters

August 25

Epiphany seniors offer thanks to fire, police departments
     - ABC Newspapers

August 18

A single scholarship educated 400 children in the Kenyan slums
     - Global Sisters Report

August 12

SSND going solar
     - Wilton (Connecticut) Bulletin

July 28

Nuns on the Bus workshops in Philadelphia prompts dialogue on issues
     - Catholic Philly

Tidbits from Democratic National Convention Day 2: B-list celebrities and the team behind ‘Birdie 2016’
       - Our Windsor

July 27

Sister Ruth Ann Klauser to celebrate 50th Jubilee in Kirksville
     - Kirksville Daily Express 

July 17

School Sisters welcome new leadership in Wilton celebration
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

July 16

Sister Carleen Reck retires from criminal justice ministry
     - St. Louis Today

July 14, 2016

Pastoral leader at parishes in Peshtigo, Walsh, steps down
     - The Compass

June 28, 2016

Q&A with Sister Eileen Reilly: Teaching others to be global citizens
     - Global Sisters Report

June 18, 2106

Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles professes perpetual vows
With praise and thanksgiving, the School Sisters of Notre Dame joyfully announce the perpetual profession of Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles, SSND, on Saturday, June 18, at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch the livestreamed ceremony at 2 p.m. Central on Saturday. Click here to read more about Sister Limétèze.

June 15, 2016

Ridgewood bids farewell to School Sisters
     - NET TV (New York)

June 14, 2016

Sister Catherine Bertrand, SSND, Receives Catholic Press Association Award
The Catholic Press Association has awarded Sister Catherine Bertrand, SSND, second place for her inspirational essay, “God does more than we can ask or imagine,” in the category Best Essay Originating with a Magazine or Newsletter: Religious Order Magazine. Her essay was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Horizon, the National Religious Vocation Conference's quarterly journal for vocation ministry. The awards were announced earlier this month at the National Press Association's annual conference. Click here to read Sister Catherine's essay.

June 13, 2016

KinDoo Family Center works to train, inspire, empower
     - TC Palm (Florida)

June 7, 2016

Global citizenship and education key to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals, sisters say
      - Global Sisters Report

June 2, 2016

Zest for life: Letting go as a contemplative community
      - Global Sisters Report

June 1, 2016

Dispatches from South Korea: Closing Reflections

May 31, 2016

Sister Catherine Feeney: Nun helps found Woodhaven center for underserved women
     - TimesLedger (New York)

Dispatches from South Korea

May 24, 2016

Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal
Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, was awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal from Loyola University Maryland at the 164th Commencement Exercises this past weekend in Baltimore. The medal, which was established in 2002, is given to recognize individuals whose intellectual attainments, contributions to education, and steadfast commitment to the ideals of scholarship and service distinguish them as exemplars of Loyola's Jesuit tradition.

Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, awarded the John Cardinal Newman medal

May 23, 2016

SSNDs to participate in U.N. conference in South Korea

May 22, 2016

SSND helps remember those who lost lives in Arizona desert
     - Arizona Daily Star

May 20, 2016

Academy of the Holy Angels to name hall after Sister Genevieve Kelleher
     - Academy of the Holy Angels

May 11, 2016

SSND addresses 'Global Sisterhood' at Union of Superiors General assembly in Rome
         -International Union Superiors General

Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, t the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General
Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, discussed "Supporting Global Sisterhood at the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General in Rome on Wednesday. Sister Rosemarie, director of the Conrad Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative, was a guest speaker at the assembly, where where nearly 900 women religious leaders are in attendance.

May 10, 2016

Sister Pamela Moehring, receives Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award
Sister Pamela Moehring, SSND, received the 2016 Alumni Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award on May 4 from St. Mary Catholic School in Neenah, Wisconsin, during the annual Leadership Day celebration. Sister Pamela, who graduated in 1960, attended St. Mary’s when it was located in Menasha, Wisconsin and staffed largely by School Sisters of Notre Dame. She is pictured with Wisconsin State Senator Roger Roth, St. Mary class of 1996, who received the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award.

Sister Pamela Moehring, SSND, receives Outstanding Catholic Christian Service Award

May 4, 2016

A Catholic Response to Global Warming
School Sisters of Notre Dame hosted a public presentation on “A Catholic Response to Global Warming” Tuesday evening at their campus in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. There was a full house to hear Steven J. Coleman, a Catholic educator from Madison, Wisconsin, who is a retired engineer versed on the effects of climate change, Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. Pictured with Coleman is Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, who organized the event. To learn more about this topic and how you can be involved, you can download the handout from the event.
SSND Global warming presentation

May 3, 2016

Bishop blesses newly renovated Notre Dame School
     - The Texas Catholic

April 28, 2016

Climate change is moral issue, says educator
     - Milwaukee Catholic Herald (Wisconsin)

April 21, 2016

Sisters celebrate chapel's pipe organ
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

April 13, 2016

Sister Elizabeth Ann Swartz, receives education award
Sister Elizabeth Ann Swartz, SSND, received the 2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence.  

Sister Elizabeth Anne was one of the teachers, principals, pastors, presidents, superintendents and organizations who serve in the nation's Catholic education system who were recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo March 29-31 in San Diego, California. The annual award honors those who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.
“NCEA commends the outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements of exceptional leaders in Catholic education,” said NCEA Interim President Dr. Thomas W. Burnford.  “We are grateful for the leadership of Sister Elizabeth Anne Swartz who serves as an ambassador of faith formation and academic excellence, and inspires Catholic educators across the world.”  

Sister Elizabeth Anne has been the superintendent of schools in two dioceses, El Paso and San Angelo, in Texas, for nearly two decades.  She has been at the helm revamping curriculum in accord with planned goals and promoting schools using social media and print. She is currently engaged with six of the El Paso diocesan schools in a four year project to stabilize and grow the schools in conjunction with grants that have been awarded.  

“Sister Elizabeth demonstrates an extraordinary level of knowledge in her position as superintendent,” said Aurora E. Lujan, principal of Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. “She is an outstanding mentor.”

Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, San Diego Award
Photo: Sister Elizabeth Swartz, SSND, receives award in San Diego, California


April 6, 2016

SSND join amicus brief supporting Clean Power Plan
     - Catholic Sentinel

April 5, 2016

Saintly pursuits: Sister Peg steps down from Caroline House
     - Wilton Villager

April 4, 2016

America's Prisons: Working to change mass incarceration and the racism behind it
     - Global Sisters Report

March 29, 2016

Caroline House Honors Fairfield University
     - Fairfield University
Students Experience Sisters' Ministry at U.S.-Mexico Border

March 28, 2016

Partnership between convents and brain researchers has been unexpectedly rewarding
     - Atlas Obscura

March 23, 2016

Your Kids' Biggest Brain Booster
     - HealthZette

March 17, 2016

Playing in my psychic cinema: Gifts of strangers
     - Global Sisters Report

March 11, 2016
SSNDs at U.S.-Mexico border honor those who died crossing the desert

March 10, 2016
Wilton welcomes Syrian refugee family
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

February 28, 2016

Riders raise record amount to help the homeless
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

February 26, 2016

Our Lady of the Prairie offers Year of Mercy programs
     - The Catholic Messenger (Davenport, Iowa)

February 22, 2016

Hundreds celebrate binational Mass in Douglas-Agua Prieta
     - Arizona Daily Star

February 18, 2016

Congressman praises solar energy while visiting School Sisters of Notre Dame project
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

February 16, 2016

SSND storyteller on Milwaukee Public Radio
     - WUWM (Milwaukee Public Radio)

February 16, 2016

Peg Regan, SSND, to retire as Caroline House Executive Director at end of June
     - Patch (Fairfield, CT)

February 2, 2016

Sisters band together on billboard campaign to bring Pope's environmental message to Iowa caucuses
     - Global Sisters Report

January 29, 2016

Oblate School institute exploring history of black church
     - San Antonio Express News (Texas)

January 28, 2016

School Sisters of Notre Dame Host Conversation on Islam  
     - KEYC News 12 (Mankato, Minnesota)

January 25, 2015

Visiting Women's Religious Communities

January 22, 2016

Plans in place to bring refugee family
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)

January 21, 2016

Services for former Mount Mary President
     - Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

January 19, 2016
Community comes together to celebrate MLK
    - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

Sister María Elena Ferrer New Director Of Faith Formation
    - Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

Sisters' billboards promote care for Earth
    - Quad-City Times   

January 14, 2016

The 'sounding solitude' of Scrabble
    - Global Sisters Report

January 7, 2016

The Caroline Center "Gets It" In The Aftermath Of The April Riots
    - WBAL Radio (Maryland)

December 22

Just desserts: Fruitcake shines in the hands of Mount Mary master
     - OnMilwaukee

December 15

Sister Barbara Paleczny in South Sudan
Sister Barbara Paleczny, SSND, periodically shares her experiences from South Sudan where she is working as a teacher in Juba. This is her latest report received this month:

“When I returned from teaching, I was surprised to meet Stephen Mayuen Mou, a mediator with Concordis International, Abyei Area, who explained that he had just taken eight prisoners of the Messyria Tribe back to their people in exchange for four children. The two girls had been taken to El-Mughad; the two boys were taken to Debeb, all with separate families, for eight months. They were seemingly well cared-for.  

“With their parents, they now stayed overnight in a tukel (mud hut) next to mine, on their way back to their own village, Marial Achak. On March 2, 2015, when they were abducted, many were killed and houses were burned.

“I was able to spend several hours with them, taking pictures, including a short video which they were then delighted to view on the laptop. Their laughter helped much as they participated in many exercises that may help them to heal from their trauma. 

“Although the Messyria Tribe and Ngok Dinka are both eager to work out a peaceful settlement to their problems, pressure from Sudan prevents a meeting. The tribe needs secure access to water for their cattle, and the Abyei and Agok people need security, free from looting, burning and abducting.”

(Photo: The mothers really appreciated neck massages. Sister Barbara is standing on the left).
Sister Barbara Paleczny in South Sudan


December 11

Two SSND-sponsored schools named top workplaces
SSND-sponsored Institute of Notre Dame (IND) and Note Dame Preparatory School have been named top workplaces by the Baltimore Sun. They are among 100 companies and organizations named as Baltimore’s as Top Workplaces 2015. IND was named a top work place in 2012 and 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that Notre Dame Prep has been named a top work place. The Top Workplaces program, which is run by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, of Exton, Pennyslvania, recognizes good employers on 30 regional lists and one national list. The evaluations for the list are based purely on employee opinions of their employers. 

December 8

Rearranging the furniture of my heart: 'Gaudium et Spes' at 50
     - Global Sisters Report

December 4

Sister Catherine Feeney - Star of Queens
     - Times (Queens, New York)

December 1

SSND urges Congress to oppose efforts to suspend U.S. Refugee Settlement Program
School Sisters of Notre Dame have joined humanitarian agencies and faith-based organizations expressing support for the refugee resettlement program and are urging members of Congress to oppose any policy riders that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian refugees. The original letter was entered into the Congressional Record on Nov. 19. You can read the full text of the letter signed by SSND here.

November 20

SSND woodcarver to hold art exhibition
     - Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

November 19

SSND commits $10,000 to help immigrants

October 22

Caroline House marks 20 years with help of Wilton sisters
     - Wilton Bulletin

October 16

Lingfield Notre Dame School, England, celebrates 75th Anniversary (1940 – 2015)
On May 27, 1940, six German SSNDs living in Faversham, England, were interned to the Isle of Man. Three other SSNDs from Mankato, Minnesota, had to move away from the “restricted area” because they were considered aliens since United States had not entered WWII until August 1940. Click here to read more.

October 15

Caroline House, Founded By Wilton Nuns, Celebrates 20 Years Of Helping
     - Wilton Daily Voice

October 12

Europe's women religious answer the call to help the growing refugee crisis  
     - Global Sisters Report

October 1

Caroline House celebrates 20 years with anniversary event
     - The Bridgeport News

September 30

Reflections from SSNDs who attended events with Pope Francis
Pope Francis may have returned to Rome, but his spirit remains as an inspiration to the many who saw and heard him during his visit this month to the United States. Several School Sisters of Notre Dame had the opportunity to attend in person a Mass or an address during Pope Francis' stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Click here to read a few of their reflections and impressions.

September 26

On Saturday, Pope Francis will bless a five-foot tall wooden cross, known as “the Cross of the Encuentros,” which will be the banner of the Fifth National Encuentro on Hispanic Ministry, set to begin in January 2017. As a member of the National Team of Accompaniment Toward the V Encuentro (ENAHVE), Sister Anna Marie Reha, SSND, (pictured below, fifth from left with the cross) worked with the coordinating team that arranged the blessing of the cross in Philadelphia. The cross, which symbolizes the journey of faith of Hispanic/Latino Catholics in the United States, will travel to dioceses throughout the United States, as parishes, dioceses and episcopal regions undergo their own local Encuentro process. Read more on the ENAHVE website. Read the press release about the cross in English or en Español

September 24

Mankato nun an honored guest as Pope speaks to Congress
     -Minnesota Public Radio
Nuns on the Bus: Dispatches From a Papal Road Trip
     -Rolling Stone

September 22

School Sisters of Notre Dame Celebrate 150 Years
     -KEYC TV Mankato, Minnesota

September 21

A Pope for all people
     - Global Sisters Report
Nun who served Fort Wayne returning, at age 80, to minister in Africa
     - The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

September 17

Mankato nun to be congressman's guest of honor during Pope's visit
     - Mankato Free Press

September 10

A Masterpiece in full bloom in Waterdown
     - Flamborough Review (Ontario, Canada)

September 3

SSND present solar farm on 150th anniversary in Mankato
     - KEYC TV Mankato, Minnesota

August 25

Caroline House receives $15,000 Grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls
         - Wilton's HamletHub

August 24

New Holy Family School principal brings international education experience
        - Hannibal Courier - Post

August 18

BBC films nuns for aging documentary
        - Mankato Free Press

August 17

Sister Barbara: Faithful Servant
        - Vocation Culture
In latest justice resolution, U.S. Sisters recommit to ending family detention
         - Global Sisters Report

August 12

Easing the Transition from Prison to Society
     - The Catholic Mobilizing Network
Wisconsin Sisters Confront Human Trafficking
     - Communicators for Women Religious

August 5

Sister Patricia Ann Obremski, SSND, will receive the "Madonna Medal" this fall when Mount Mary University honors this year’s most distinguished alumnae at Awards Night hosted by the Alumnae Association. Sister Patricia Ann, has demonstrated a rare passion and commitment to the scientific field of physics since her graduation from Mount Mary University in 1963. She passes on a balanced understanding of the relationship between God and science to her students, and enriches them beyond the areas of physics with her constant virtuosity and desire for knowledge. Read more about the awards on the Mount Mary website.

July 23

One sister, three families: Notre Dame Prep headmistress keeps expanding networks
     - Catholic Review (Baltimore)

July 22

Arabi educator and associate for Sisters is honored by Archdiocese of New Orleans
     - (Louisiana)

July 13

Good Hope nuns to retire after nearly 2 decades in Northwest Territories
     - CBC News - Canada

July 10

SSND to Mentor in NRVC Program NCYC Animators
     - National Religious Vocation Conference

July 6, 2015

Transformative potential in the liberal arts
     - Reflection by Sister Joan Penzenstadler, SSND
Educating in many forms: School Sisters of Notre Dame committed to long-term Alzheimer's Disease study
     - Global Sisters Report
Respect for the Earth
     - Editorial by Sister Kay O'Connell, SSND

July 1

Eleven novices in the Province of Africa will profess first vows on Saturday, July 4, at the SSND Novitiate in Sunyani, Ghana. Download the announcement here.

The new sisters are, front row, from left: Sisters Patience Doom Age, Beatrice Chepng’eno and Sarah Unwaunyin Tanjo; middle: Sisters Ndukeobong Clement Umoren, Juliana Awuor Wangao and Esther Ayaapoa Alaam; back: Sisters Ejura Elizabeth Micheal, Edna Chepkoech, Monica Benedict, Ruth Nyanchama Mose and Joy Monica Abado.

June 30

The SSND-sponsored Caroline Center has received local and international recognition for its “What It Takes” campaign, which was created by Claire Hartman of Exit 24, LLC! Caroline Center is a workforce development organization dedicated to educating underemployed and unemployed women in Baltimore City so that they can enter careers with potential for advancement. The Public Relations Society of America-Maryland Chapter presented Caroline Center a “Best in Maryland” Award in the Institutional Program category and three “Awards of Excellence” in Video, Special-Purpose Publications, and Out-of-the-Box categories. Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition, presented Caroline Center two “Platinum Awards” in the Integrated Marketing Campaign and Video categories and two “Gold Awards” in Overall Publications-Writing and Social Media-Blogs for The Breakroom. 
You can learn more by visiting the Caroline Center website.

Catholic sisters at the U.N.: Bringing the moral voice to the debate
     -Global Sisters Report

June 23

Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, received the “Legend Award” at the Heart of Illinois Association for Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Peoria, Ilinois. The award honors individuals who excel in their contribution in the field of early childhood education. Sister Cor Marie was honored for developing the first early childhood program 40 years ago at Illinois Central College in Peoria. This program is still the foundation for many other early childhood programs in Central Illinois.

June 19

Sister Marie de Sales O’Dowd, SSND, received Drexel University's Sherry Stolberg “Alumni of the Year” award. The annual award, which she received in May, is conferred on a Drexel University graduate who is recognized “for outstanding achievement, innovative contributions, service and dedication to the Physician Assistant Profession.” Patrick Auth, department director, noted Sister Marie de Sales' 20 years in Camden, New Jersey working in primary care for the poor at St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services and for obtaining the Norwalk Hospital/Drexel, Pennsylvania, surgical rotation which has continued for more than 35 years.


June 19

Young Adult Literature - Not Just Entertainment
     - San Jose State University Alumni Magazine (California)

June 18

SSND Central Pacific Province installs new leadership team
The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province installed its new provincial council on June 13 at St. Mary of the Pines, Chatawa, Mississippi. Sisters from across the province attended the installation and Mass.

The provincial council provides leadership for the province. Members of the provincial council, pictured from left, are Sisters Marjorie Klein, Laura Jean Spaeth, Mary Anne Owens (provincial leader), Susan Jordan, Anna Marie Reha, Kathleen Bauer and Christine Garcia. All seven sisters will serve on the provincial council until June 2019.

June 12
Fast track trade agreement undemocratic
     - The Hour (Connecticut)

June 4
Service ingrained into IND experience
     - The Catholic Review


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