Our Sisters

School Sisters of Notre Dame continue to live the vision of Foundress Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger in a variety of ways. Below our Sisters share stories of their work and ministry.

A Dream Realized

On November 9, 2023. Sister Frances Butler and I had the privilege of attending the 30th anniversary of Mother Caroline Academy, the school we helped to found in the inner city of Boston in 1993. What a thrill to witness first-hand our shy, apprehensive 5th and 6th graders stand proudly before us as mature, sophisticated lawyers, accountants, nurses, and entrepreneurs. These former students shared stories of personal transformations that led them to realize their goals and change their lives. 

A Glorious - and Unforgettable - Autumnal Outing

White clouds dotted the  blue sky as ten eager Sisters from Villa Assumpa clamored aboard the SSND bus. Destination: the Glen Haven Farm owned by the Roderick Family. Sister Marianne’s family had all in readiness: folding aluminum tables and chairs were set up in two lines on the grass in the back of the house; one for the family members, especially the grandchildren, and one for the ten of us.

Grateful Gathering - Sister House 2023

On October 14, the SisterHouse board hosted their annual fundraiser, The Grateful Gathering.  Friends and benefactors, joined the staff, board and residents of SisterHouse for delicious, creative appetizers and the simple pleasure of spending time together. 

Sister Grace Okon by Sister Kathleen Feeley SSND

Sister Grace became a postulant in SSND in Nigeria in 1990.  She had just received her diploma from a local Teacher Training College program.   One of the SSND Sisters she met was Sister Gabriel Roeder.  Grace was strongly influenced by Gabriel’s way of life and her commitment to her students.  She soon asked for her family’s blessing to become an SSND. 

Contemplation at Waterdown

The Sisters of SSND Waterdown on 3rd floor had a group contemplation on Sunday, Sept. 17. Led by Sister Mary Jeanne, we discussed creation, connection, and God.

NDMU Honors Sister Sharon Slear

NDMU's MBK Lobby was packed last week for the official rededication of NDMU’s Office of Service & Community Engagement. Now the Sister Sharon Slear Center for Service, Social Justice, and Community Engagement, it honors the decades of her service to Notre Dame, Baltimore, and areas in need across the world.
Sister John Vianney with Sister and Friends

Sister John Vianney Wins Leadership Award

Sisters, family, friends, and colleagues joined together to celebreate the awarding of the John A. Arcudi Columbus Leadership Award in recognition of Sister John Vianney extraordinary leadership and service in the Greater Bridgeport community and beyond!

My First National Black Catholic Congress - A Time of Prayer for Love

I began to pray from the moment I knew I was going to attend the National Black Catholic Congress. I came up with a list of the typical prayer intentions. I prayed for the organizers, the presenters, the attendees, young and not so young; I prayed for healing from the wounds of racism and an end to racism; I prayed that the Congress would be a transformative spiritual experience of love for everyone. Somehow my prayer list didn’t seem to be enough. It seemed to be lacking. Then one morning, I decided I would simply pray for love.

A Beautiful Day at Ozanam

Sisters from The Watermark brought some cheer when they visited the Sisters at Ozanam on June 15. The Sisters were able to converse, talking about life at Ozanam and The Watermark, a special blessing was given to all the residents before the Sisters left.

Madonna Academy Reunion

Sisters Bernice Feilinger and Therese Marie Dougherty were recently surprised with an invitation to spend a weekend in Florida with a group of students they had taught at Madonna Academy in West Hollywood, FL in the 1960s.

A New Adventure for Sister Jacci

On Tuesday, May 30, Sister Rebecca Tayag - who spends every Tuesday and Thursday at Ozanam doing activities with the Sisters - organized a farewell party for Sister Jacci Glessner.