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Sister Theresa Nagle

“My original desire as a religious was – and is – to show people the personal love of God. It has deepened with the SSND directional statement Love Cannot Wait, which was approved at the congregation’s General Chapter in 2012.”

Sister Theresa Nagle

Sister Theresa Nagle signs her vows during her First Profession Ceremony in 1981.

God’s Love to Share

“As an adult, I worked in a bank and was very involved with my parish. I went on annual retreats with a friend. I was very happy but was beginning to feel restless. I was discovering that many people did not believe in God’s personal love for them, and I wanted to let them know. 

“When I was about 27, I started thinking of a possibility of a committed lay person or as a vowed person in a religious congregation. I told my pastor that I was going to attend a ‘Come and See’ retreat held by St. Joseph Sisters. He informed me about a vocational retreat that was being offered by several religious congregations, including the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

“The School Sisters of Notre Dame member who was at the retreat was Sister Miriam Bruder. There was something about her person and her talk that resonated with me. I was particularly influenced by the SSND charism of education. I have never been a teacher, but I realized that I was a strong educator.”

Advocating for Justice, Peace

“I took first vows on August 15, 1981. My ministries have mainly been within parishes and most recently in the SSND Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office at Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. We have a Stop Human Trafficking Committee and give educational presentations and have an annual conference. We also advocate to governments.

“My original desire as a religious was – and is – to show people the personal love of God. It has deepened with the SSND directional statement Love Cannot Wait, which was approved at the congregation’s General Chapter in 2012.”

- Sister Theresa Nagle, SSND

 
Sister Theresa Nagle, second from left, participates
in a Solidarity Day Prayer with sisters at
Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown, Ontario.
  Sister Theresa Nagle (in red coat) participates in a prayer around the Peace Pole at Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown, Ontario.

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