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A Short History of the Atlantic-Midwest Province

The First Atlantic-Midwest Province Council
Front row, left: Sister Mary V. Maher, Provincial Leader; Sisters Joan Doyle and Peggy Juskelis, Provincial Councilors.  Back row, left: Sisters Kathleen Cornell, Eileen McKeever, Barbara Bowers and Eileen Shea, Provincial Councilors.

While the Atlantic-Midwest Province is relatively young, it is rooted in the School Sisters of Notre Dame's earliest days in the United States. In these changing times, good management and a passion for the continuation of the mission led three provinces to enter into a dialogue and discernment, culminating in a decision to consolidate for the sake of God's work.

Under the leadership of then-General Superior Sister Rosemary Howarth, the legal aspects were finalized and signed. In a symbolic representation of this action, three candles (one for each former province) were extinguished. It was a moment of grief as these much-loved units were dissolved. Simultaneously, however, as with any new birth, the pain was accompanied by profound joy. This new configuration within the family of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is determined to maximize its ability to carry its mission into the future.

In the time since that momentous event, the elected leadership have traveled many miles and attended untold meetings to establish the daily operational procedures for the young province. Sisters have reached out to new friends and co-workers, determined to enhance the work of foundresses Mother Theresa Gerhardinger and Mother Caroline Friess for these times and the years ahead.

Continuing to Grow

In the Fall of 2007, Sister Mary Maher, the first Provincial Leader of the Atlantic-Midwest Province, was elected General Superior of the School Sisters of Notre Dame international congregation.  In January, 2008, S. Mary was installed into her new position in a ceremony in Rome.  Our young province will miss S. Mary’s leadership, but know that she is the best person to lead our sisters throughout the world. 

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The Second Atlantic-Midwest Province Council
Front row, left: Sister Joan Doyle, Provincial Councilor; Sister Kathleen Cornell, Provincial Leader, Sisters Eileen Shea and Paula Dukehart, Provincial Councilors.  Back row, left: Sisters Barbara Bowers, Mary Ellen Dougherty and Peggy Juskelis,
Provincial Councilors.

 

In April, 2008, School Sisters of Notre Dame in the Atlantic-Midwest Province held elections for a new Provincial Leader and Provincial Council.  Sister Kathleen Cornell was elected as the second Provincial Leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province. Our new leadership will be installed in July, 2008.

Throughout our times of change, School Sisters of Notre Dame in the Atlantic-Midwest Province only grow stronger in our commitment to each other and to our mission to enable persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God's image.