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Learn more about our heritage

The School Sisters of Notre Dame were founded by Blessed Mother Theresa Gerhardinger in 1833 but we look even further into the past for the building blocks that make up the School Sisters of Notre Dame mission and charism.

In this two-part video S. Kay O’Connell, SSND shares about St. Augustine (354-430) and Apostolic Religious Life. In part I she highlights Augustine’s search for God. In part II she looks at his leadership as Bishop of Hippo and ongoing search for God. Augustine laid the foundation for people living in community being of one mind and one heart in God, a characteristic that is essential to the SSND charism.

Click here to watch St. Augustine Part I (26 minutes)

Click here to watch St. Augustine Part II (26 minutes)

In the recording below S. Kay O’Connell, SSND shares on Blessed Alix LeClerc (1576-1622) and St. Peter Fourier (1565-1640), founders of the Congregation of the Canonesses of St. Augustine. They gave new direction to religious life, whereby ministry became integral to faith community, another intrinsic element of SSND life and mission.

Click here to watch Blessed Alix LeClerc and St. Peter Fourier (36 minutes)