Celebrating Jubilee!

A Jubilee year of celebration and commemoration provides an opportunity for each Jubilarian to renew her vows and reflect on God’s boundless love. The occasion of Jubilee is also a time for all Sisters of the province and international congregation to express gratitude to God and to our Jubilarian Sisters for their faithful love.Join us in celebrating our Jubilarian Sisters by sharing a story about a Jubilarian who has touched your life, or making a gift in their honor.

Jubilee is a special time to rejoice with our sisters as they celebrate their 25, 40, 50, 60, 70, 75, or 80 years of faithful love and service to God!

Jubilee 2021-2022

June 11th was a special day of Jubilee Celebrations in Chicago and in Baltimore! Our heartfelt "Thanks" go out to Sisters Maureen Clancy, Emily Wollschlager and Betty Koehn for taking and sharing their wonderful photos from these special celebrations.
Sr Henrice Eckert
Sister Henrice Eckert, SSND, has witnessed a good deal of history before and after her 1941 graduation from the Academy of the Holy Angels. This June, she will celebrate her 99th birthday and the 81st anniversary of her graduation from AHA.
Each year, we honor and celebrate our sister Jubilarians. Jubilee is a special time to rejoice with our Sisters as they celebrate their 25, 40, 50, 60, 70, 75, or 80 years of faithful love and service to God.

2020 Jubilee

In 1864, Mother Theresa introduced the tradition of celebrating with the Jubilarians.“This year on April 17 and October 28 a number of Sisters will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their profession, and may this celebration, God willing, be repeated in the coming years for the Sisters after them."
Under the COVID-19 quarantine Marian Village continues to follow the guidelines. However they did recently find a way to recognize their Jubilarians Sister Marlene Panko (60th Jubilee) and Sister Jenny VandenBergh (70th Jubilee) with a small celebration.
The 2020 Jubilee Board at Villa Notre Dame, composed by Sr. Justine Nutz, honors our 42 living AM Jubilarians and four who recently said a final YES to God: Clara Hounsell, Irene Scarola, Mary Bann, and Betty Rosser.

2019 Jubilee

In union with sister Jubilarians of the Atlantic-Midwest Province, sisters at Notre Dame Convent in Waterdown celebrated 10 Jubilees on Saturday, May 4. Sisters Petra Klotz, Zita Merkowsky, and Thomasine Ryan celebrated their 75th jubilee; Sisters Leona Dentinger, Gemma Golino, Alfreda Kimpel...

Sister Kathleen
Let me take you on a virtual trip through the 2019 Jubilee Celebration at Villa Notre Dame by sharing my recollections of two special days, May 3 and 4.
The occasion of Jubilee is a time for all sisters of the province and international congregation to express gratitude to God and to our Jubilarian sisters for their faithful love. Join us in celebrating our Canadian Jubilarian sisters!

2018 Jubliee

The dining room at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago was brimming with conversation and laughter when more than 35 sisters, SSND associates, family, and friends gathered to honor Sisters Jeanne McGue - celebrating 75 years of ministry and Margaret Ann Curtin, marking 70 years since professing her...
Sisters, sound the loud trumpet! We have before us 3,175 cumulative years of service to God! Sister jubilarians’ years of profession range from 1933 to 1968. What a witness to commitment and fidelity! 
Sister Rita Kittel, the last living pioneer of the former Canadian province and the oldest sister in the congregation, is celebrating her 85th jubilee this year. She will turn 107 on October 1. 


In 2019, the Atlantic-Midwest Province celebrated 55 Jubilarians for their service to God’s people. Our sister Jubilarians include one Diamond & Pearl, as Sister Mary Teresia Spodnik celebrates 80 years professed!! We will be featuring reflections and stories from our sisters here in the months to come. 

There is no Golden (50-Year) Jubilee class this year due to a change in the length of the novitiate from one year to two during their formation.

2019 Chicago Photos

In 2018, 50 jubilarians were honored for their service to God’s people. Our sister jubilarians ranged from eight Golden to one venerable Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire, Canadian Sister Rita Kittel, professed 85 years!  

2018 Provincial Jubilee Photos - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

2018 Chicago Photos - Click Here

2018 Baltimore Photos - Part 1 -  Part 2

2018 Resurrection Life Center - Click Here

2017 Jublilee

Sister Charlaine Fill

"Without a doubt, the greatest grace I have received as a School Sister of Notre Dame is seeing the world 'from the underside.' I studied Spanish my early twenties, because at St. Alphonsus in Chicago, it was a need that was not being addresses at that time. Learning Spanish opened up my...

Sister Louise Vanderploeg

"The greatest grace over my 50-year journey has been the openness to hear God's call in different stages of my life. I heard God's invitation to respond to various educational ministries to help foster faith formation, especially in children and adults. I experienced the gift of living in...

Sister Anne Marie Vogel

"God's world is filled with his grace and he is forever offering this to us. My SSND community opened my eyes to this love by helping to deepen my knowledge and spirituality. Those who shared my journey, sisters, family and friends, all touched me in unique ways. My years in Nigeria exposed...