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

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

May 28
Graduation marks a new beginning
     - The Daily Iberian (Louisiana)
After 10-year battle, woman from Congo will become U.S. citizen
     - Fox 6 News (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

May 22
SSND-sponsored PEPI salutes 27 graduates
     - The Daily Iberian (Louisiana)
Lake Marie is Waterloo Region's hidden resort
     - Waterloo Region Record (Canada)

May 20

Sister Valeria Beuke Reflects on 60 Years as a School Sister of Notre Dame
     - The Missourian

May 14

Sister Mary Warner has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from College of Humanities and the Arts at San Jose State University in California. Sister Mary is the director of English Credential Program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose State. In the letter announcing the award, the college dean wrote: “We all stand in admiration of your commitment to leadership in English Education at the university, system, and state levels. Moreover, your caring, compassionate approach to each and every student is a model for the rest of us to follow.” Sister Mary received the award May 14 at the university’s College of Humanities and the Arts Celebration Luncheon.  You can read more about Sister Mary and her work in an interview that was published this past fall or read more about her book, “Teaching Writing in an Era of Assessment.”

May 6

SSNDs Making a Difference in Baltimore City for More Than 165 Years

SSNDs join Baltimore peace march this past week in Baltimore. Pictured left to right: Sister Mary Lennon and Sharon Kanis, Associate Mary Gunning, and Sister Grace Sciamanna, Delia Downing and Patricia Murphy

May 5

Catholic Charities of Baltimore highlights the 'Power of One'
     - The Catholic Review, Archdiocese of Baltimore

May 1

School Sisters of Notre Dame in Nepal safe from damage
     - St. Louis Review, Archdiocese of St. Louis (Missouri)

April 30

The Notre Dame Learning Center "one of the best kept secrets in Rochester"
      - WROC TV, Rochester, New York

April 27

Institute of Notre Dame honored with Youth Service Award
     - Institute of Notre Dame and Catholic Charities of Baltimore
SSNDs honored for protecting water, rivers in Minnesota
     - CURE (Clean up the River Environment), Minnesota

April 24

Woodworking nun shares inspirational talent
     - KEYC TV Mankato, Minnesota
Flash mob celebrates joy of consecrated life
     - Women and men religious in Slovenia

April 22

Sister Hilda Marie Sutherland, SSND, discusses how social media helps to connect
     - WMAR Baltimore

April 20

Inauguration of Notre Dame of Maryland University President: Tradition and Transformation
     - NDMU 

April 17

Inaugural Mass at Notre Dame a friendly, family affair
     - Catholic Review, Baltimore

April 15

Comedy show raises funds for SSND learning center
     - Mankato Free Press

April 13

Transforming the World Through Education
     - The Texas Catholic, Diocese of Dallas
Bells ring remembering end of Civil War
     - KEYC News, Mankato, Minnesota

April 9

How the St. Louis Wellston Center "pays it forward"
     - NineLAB, Community Stories

April 2

Program opens students to culture of Japanese 'sisters'
     - St.Louis Review

March 30

SSND honored in student's award-winning essay
Sister Celine Schumacher, SSND, was the subject of an award-winning essay by one of her students, Annie Muehlfarth. Annie, a student at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, where Sister Celine teaches chemistry and physics, entered the essay in the "Stories of Our Sisters" contest sponsored by The Incarnate Word Foundation. The essay contest asks students to describe how they will follow the example of a woman religious through improving her community. You can read the essay here.

March 30

Sisterhood is global, high school students learn at the UN
     - Global Sisters Report
Good Counsel Chapel a treasure trove of artwork
     - Mankato Fee Press (Minnesota)

March 27

The 'Crucified People' of South Sudan by Sister Cathy Arata, SSND
     - The National Catholic Review

March 24

Notre Dame Bucks Trend of Closing Women’s Colleges

March 20

Sister Janet Druffel: from the fields of Colton to the airwaves of Guatemala
     - The Inland Register, Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

SSND-sponsored Notre Dame of Maryland University first university in Maryland granted UN NGO status

March 15

SSNDs honored for their work in Nepal

Sisters Evangela Imamura and Miriam Therese Kanaya, SSND, were honored recently for their 30 years of service and contributions to the development of Bandipur in Nepal. Sister Evangela accepted the plaque that was presented by major officials of the municipality and district. The plaque reads: “You came from the developed country of Japan to this remote village to help the people here. You have worked for thirty years to educate and assist this community. Your work has produced great results. The Municipality of Bandipur is grateful to you and honors you for your service.” SSNDs in Japan established a mission in Nepal in 1983, and their school in Bandipur is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

March 9

The Selma effect: Catholic nuns and social justice 50 years on
     - Global Sisters Report

March 5

Notre Dame Prep's Sister Patricia McCarron marks year of anniversaries
     - The Baltimore Sun

March 4

Thank a Sister: Share your stories of the good Sisters' influence on your life and family
     - The Catholic Review

March 2

SSND delegation to attend UN Commission on the Status of Women
     - SSND press release

February 25

Tales from the garden: Sisters share stories of going vegetarian
     - National Catholic Reporter

February 20

Fr. John Kunz - Pilgrimage to Blessed Theresa's grave
     - Blog. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mankato, Minnesota

February 11

Sister Mary Cecile: Marking 110 years
     - Wilton Bulletin (Connecticut)
Sister Patricia McCarron’s 25th Jubilee Celebration
     - NDP Gateway (Baltimore)
Diocese of Jefferson City appoints new schools superintendent
     - News Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri)

February 8

Mara Frundt has spent her life as a missionary
     - Faribault County Register (Minnesota)

January 28

St. Michael's marks 50 years of educating its 'special blue roses'
    - WWLTV New Orleans

January 26

Notre Dame headmistress celebrated for leadership, compassion (pdf version)
    - Maryland Daily Record (Baltimore)

January 25

School Sisters of Notre Dame honored for 155 years of service in Quincy
   - Herald-Whig (Quincy, Illinois) 

January 22

Mardi Gras Party has a king and queen
   - Leader/Observer (Queens, New York)

January 21

As South Sudan hope for peace to hold, the displaced cope with trauma
   - National Catholic Reporter

January 4

SSND honored with 'Friend of Catholic Education' award
   - Herald-Whig (Quincy, Illinois)


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