We are fortunate to have a "100 Club " in our province. Sister Margaret Bauer is the eldest, at 103. Sister Mary Teresia Spodnik is 102. Sister Cabrini Ganz is 101. Sister Marie Anna Moltz is 100, as is Sister Katharine Reiter. Sister Marguerite Mary Bunter is the newest club member - she turned 100 on May 15.
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.
Sunday, May 15, 2022 marked the end of a type of trilogy: Three Sisters celebrated 100 years of birth in May in Ozanam Hall in Queens, NY. In May 2000, Sister Rosalita McNamee celebrated her 100th birthday. In May 2001 Sister Aveline Smith achieved 100 years. This year, Sister Marguerite Bunter enjoyed passing the 100th year mark of her birth.
There was a retirement celebration for Sister Sharon Shear at Notre Dame of Maryland University on May 11. Sister Kathleen Feeley shared her reflection on the contributions Sister Sharon made during her 34 years at "the College."
Kate Dannals, the councilor at Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke's School in Dundalk, MD, wanted to show her appreciation for the school's principal, Sister Irene Pryle, SSND. A talented quilter, Kate decided to craft something that honored Sister Irene's SSND roots and her love of the school.
Sister Joan is a middle school teacher, and she used the NCAA Tournament as an entry point for a lesson. “I like to get the kids looking at universities,” she said. “So we randomly pick a team for everyone in the class to follow throughout the tournament. I got Rutgers, of course. That wasn’t random.” (Sister Joan's brother Steve coaches Rutgers Basketball.)
Jane Johnson interviewed her aunt, Sister Marie Jeanette Blatz, SSND about her life and experiences as a School Sisters of Notre Dame as part of the national StoryCorps Archive. Sister Jeanette is currently living at The Watermark in Bridgeport, CT.
For the World Day for Consecrated Life, the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan in Canada spoke with Sisters Connie Harkin & Mary Jeanne Davidson, SSNDs still working in their archdiocese.
On January 27, we celebrated Sister Katharine Reiter’s 100th Birthday at Notre Dame Convent. First, all those present in the dining room when she came to breakfast sang "Happy Birthday." At 10:45am, we came together to celebrate a Thanksgiving mass for Sister Katharine.
Sister Lois Zettler served at the Generalate three times: In 2001, 2002-07, and in 2011. Her final time in Rome was in December of 2011 to help with preparations for the 23rd General Chapter. She is currently missioned to Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown, Ontario. Associate Patricia Stortz recently did a Q&A with Sister Lois about her experience of living and working at the Generalate.
“There is nothing like the international congregation; it is such a gift and such a challenge,” Sister Maureen said. She is grateful to have participated in various programs held during her years in Rome, when Sisters and lay staff came from all over the congregation. “It was as if the world came to our doorstep,"
Living at the Generalate in Rome is an opportunity to experience SSND life in a multi-cultural environment. In any given year, I formed community with Sisters from provinces across the congregation. Daily life had a flavor and character that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sister Margarida Da Silva is currently the Generalate House Coordinator for the congregation. She is fairly new to the position, having arrived in Rome, Italy from Toronto, Canada on September 1, 2020. Getting to that point took persistence and a miracle.