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Profiles in Ministry: Sister Kathleen McDonnell, SND

I became interested in adult literacy as a ministry when I looked for an alternative to high school teaching. At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, a program where friends and family members share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al‑Anon program to their individual situations, many women said since joining the…

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Profiles in Ministry: Sister Mary Luann Bender, SND

Sister Mary Luann Bender, SND, serves as the Mission and Ministry Coordinator at St. Charles Community (SCC) for over 40 years on behalf of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Both her parents and several family members have been residents of St. Charles Community. In reflecting on her ministry at St. Charles, she says, “Truly, my…

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Profiles in Ministry: Sister Dean Pfahler, SND

Ever since I got my first pair of glasses at age 12, I knew I had been missing way too much.  Distinguishing one leaf from another on trees was just the first eye-opener. From then on, life became one revelation after another.  I didn’t want anything to elude me: not the intricacies of the natural…

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Profile in Ministry: Sister Michelle Blevins, Novice, SND

When someone is transitioning into religious life, what does ministry look like? Sister Michelle Blevins, SND is one such example of someone in that transition. She was welcomed as a postulant by the Sisters of Notre Dame in December 2017. She continued in formation for the national novitiate in Covington, KY. She was accepted as…

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Sisters of Notre Dame Foundation Day

Foundation Day Reflection by Sister Teresita Richards, SND Travel back in time to Coesfeld, Germany and with your mind’s eye step into our Notre Dame history and into some the scenes behind our celebration of Foundation Day. It is late September 1849 – During the cold blustery winter at the beginning of 1849, two young…

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A Beautiful Vocation

by Michelle Blevins, Sisters of Notre Dame Postulant Despite being drawn to, and thus formed in, various congregations and charisms, there is something about being a young sister in the United States at this time in history which makes differences between us seem very immaterial. We all love our God and our Catholic faith. We…

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A Journey From Doubt to Holy Boldness

A Nun’s Life had the privilege to sit down with Sister Jenny Zimmerman, SND, and talk with her how she discovered her calling to religious life. A Nun’s Life: What attracted you to religious life? Sister Jenny: I didn’t mean to do this — I never had a plan to be a sister! My best friend entered the…

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Looking Ahead to 2020

Embrace Change – it is the only constant in life. As we daily experience the reality of change in nature and in our spiritual journeys, it also shapes the social groupings that are the fabric of society. With this background, the Sisters of Notre Dame are excited to announce that the four U.S. provinces will…

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New Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative

(LOS ANGELES) August 23, 2018 The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that it approved a new five-year strategy for the Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative. This new strategy highlights how sisters, through their presence and focus on human development work, can bear prophetic witness through vocation. During the first phase of the Hilton Foundation’s…

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