Join Us in Mission

The gift of a good education is one of God’s greatest gifts. Our foundress, Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, recognized God’s call to found a religious community to respond to the needs of the times through education. She believed wholeheartedly that the transformation of one’s life came through the power of education – education in all forms, inside and outside of a classroom.  

The classroom setting may have changed in 190 years but the mission of SSND has not. Thank you for partnering with us in our continued mission to transform the world through education.

  • Become a Sister

    Our Ministry

    Engaged in a variety of ministries, we are educators at heart, believing the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. Some of our ministries include formal education, social services, parish and retreat ministry, health care and missionary service.

  • Become a Donor

    Ways to Give

    JOIN US IN MISSION – Make a donation today to help sisters continue to transform the world through education.

  • Become an Associate

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    We invite you to join us. As an Associate, you join with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, our foundress, to bring all into oneness with God and assist others to grow into the fullness of their potential.

Learn about our Associates

Sisters and Associates gathered on March 18, 2023, for their annual Lenten Retreat. This year’s leader, Rev. Barbara Cathey, chose the theme “Prairie Fire: A Symbol of Lent.” She explained that controlled prairie fires are used for the restoration of the prairie.
Associates and companions met for a prayer service. Sr. Maureen Flemming led the SSND Commitment as a Laudato Si' Community and discussed what that meant. We enjoyed lunch, and then had a brief covenant renewal ceremony.
Standing atop Mt. Tabor, the place of Jesus' transfiguration, Associate Karen Didier was awestruck. "We are all called to the mountaintop to be with Jesus. But we must go down from the mountain and serve the people God puts into our lives."

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