On-Going Personal Development in Community

Ongoing development occurs primarily
in our everyday life of creative fidelity to God,
to his call,and to our charism and constitution.

- You Are Sent, Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

You Are Sent, the Constitution and Directory of the international Congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, states that “personal development in community is a life-long process” (YAS C118) and that in her “personal development in community, each sister strives for genuine self-direction  which enables her

  • to deepen her relationship with Christ and her dedication to his mission, according to her vowed commitment, our constitution and charism;
  • to grow as a vital member of our community, which seeks to know and do God’s will;
  • to minister more consciously out of a prophetic global vision of all humanity united in Christ;
  • to live creatively with the tension between the active and contemplative dimensions of her life.” (YAS GD 114)

In all they do, the OPDIC Committee keeps in mind the directives outlined in You Are Sent as well as keeping contemplative focus on opportunities that are rooted in the vision and goals of :

  • You Are Sent;
  • Laudato Si;
  • Love Gives Everything  (Congregation Directional Statement, October 24,2017);
  • Province Initiatives;
  • Creation-Centered Spirituality and Ecological Justice;
  • The Christian Liturgical Calendar;
  • Vatican II Theology and Spirituality.

The AMSSND Province OPDIC Committee

The Provincial Council called several sisters to facilitate for the province the outlined commitments from You Are Sent (YAS C119). In 2018 the Council established the AM OPDIC Committee (the Ongoing Personal Development Committee) for the province.

Present members of this Committee are:

Sisters Virginia Brune, Claire Czerwiec, Carol Dwyer, Sharon Kanis, Mary Heather MacKinnon, Sharon Wall, and Donna Bilek (AM Associate). Lee Triolo provides support to the committee through her position as AM Digital Manager. 

OPDIC Resources

Sisters and Associates from Ontario, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Massachusetts, Florida, and Baltimore - recently gathered for a mini-retreat presented via Zoom by the OPDIC committee. "Spring Growth" explored the wisdom of plants, inviting attendees to prayerful reflection on their own...
You are invited to consider creating a small faith-sharing group - perhaps with members of your Local Community, Assembly Dialogue Group, or a group of friends/colleagues. The book suggested is Birthing the Holy: Wisdom From Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal by Christine Valtners Paintner.
You are invited to consider creating a small Lenten faith-sharing group - perhaps with members of your Local Community, Assembly Dialogue Group, or a group of friends / colleagues. The OPDIC Committee suggests you consider the book, A Different Kind of Fast: Feeding Our True Hungers in Lent by...