Our Sisters

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

Sister Patricia Ferrick: From Brooklyn to the border

S Patricia Ferrick in Mexico

As a pre-teen, Sister Patricia Ferrick, SSND, envisioned her future as a jet pilot or possibly a Maryknoll missionary doctor in some remote area.

However, after meeting School Sisters of Notre Dame for the first time at St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, New York, she recalls being so inspired that she decided in her junior year to enter the congregation after graduation. It would be more than 20 years before she would realize her childhood dream for missionary work and ministering to the sick, although not in the way she had envisioned.

Sister Barbara Paleczny: Open up dialogue and healing

Sister Barbara in Sudan

A Canadian School Sister of Notre Dame, Barbara Paleczny, PhD, SThD has lived in South Sudan for the past eight years. She is a member of Solidarity with South Sudan which was founded by religious communities who send sisters, brothers and priests from around the world to live and work together there.

Her ministry includes teaching at Solidarity Teachers’ Colleges and teaching others to give workshops in healing from trauma and providing psychosocial support.

Sister Jane Cayer: Teaching the Next Generation

Sister Jane Cayer at Institute of Notre Dame

Each day Sister Jane Cayer walks the halls of School Sisters of Notre Dame history. She teaches English at Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md.

“It’s such a traditional place and where our community started and I felt the desire to follow that,” Sister Jane said.

Sister Jane was first introduced to the School Sisters of Notre Dame and her love of learning at Saint Jerome school in Baltimore. Her passion and desire to become a sister was evident to her family.

Sister Doris Kresslein: Educating through Music

Sister Doris Kresslein and her family

As the oldest of six children, Sister Doris Kresslein was the first to attend the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. However, the school and the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame were well known to her extended family.

“All of my cousins went to IND,” she said.

While at IND S. Doris knew she needed to pursue the path of religious life.

“You just feel it and know it,” she said. I graduated from IND in June of 1938 and entered that August.”

St. Jerome's University in Ontario Celebrates Sisters' Contributions

Sisters celebrating in Ontario

St. Jerome’s University President and Vice Chancellor Katherine Bergman hosted a gathering for religious in the Hamilton Diocese. Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, recognized and celebrated the support and contributions of women and men religious in his diocese. Blessed with a weather-perfect day, the outdoor barbecue took place on Resurrection Manor’s patio in Waterloo, Ontario.

Sisters Katherine Kinnally and Mary Dooley Receive Pope Francis Encounter Award

Sisters at the KinDoo Family Center in Florida

Sisters Mary Dooley and Katherine Kinnally were honored for their ministry, and presented with the Pope Francis Encounter Award on April 20, 2017. The leadership award, presented by Catholic Charities Interfaith Health and Wellness Program of the Diocese of Palm Beach, recognizes those whose efforts enhance the quality of life of people in need.

Pilgrimage to Saint John Paul II National Shrine

SSNDs with a life size Saint John Paul sculpture

Eleven sisters from Villa Assumpta made a pilgrimage to Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 6. The shrine is a place of prayer and reflection. A guided tour of the Redemptor Hominis Church and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary Chapel was informative and enjoyable. Sisters had an opportunity to venerate a first-class blood relic of John Paul II and participate in the 12 p.m. Mass.

Province-Wide Jubilee Celebration

Province Jubilee Celebration in Wilton
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Atlantic-Midwest Province held its Jubilee Celebration at Villa Notre Dame. The commemoration began on Friday with a retreat day directed by Sister Patricia Flynn, who used our theme - God’s Faithfulness. Late in the afternoon, we had a vespers service with the provincial council. After our day of prayer and reflection, we were treated to a festive supper served by members of the council. We are grateful for all the thought and work that went into preparing this memorable retreat day.

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