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The Annual Donor Mass of Thanksgiving in Wilton looked a little different this year.  On Sunday, November 15 Sisters gathered in Chapel, while donors and friends logged on to livestream the event.
Master Gardener and composting expert Jane Egan recently provided sage advice to the Academy of the Holy Angels Green Action Team. Students are turning cafeteria scraps into rich compost for the AHA garden, which yields fresh produce for a local food bank. Please enjoy reading more about this timely sustainability project.

December 2, 2020, marks forty years since Maura Clark, MM, Ita Ford, MM, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel, OSU, gave their lives for the sake of justice and peace for the Salvadoran people. We invite you to take time today to reflect on their sacrifice.

“Her mind was brilliant, her faith was steadfast and her love for all around her never-ending. No one ever forgets Sister Joannene. She is more than a person; she's an experience!”
When she was missioned to the newly-opened Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester in the fall of 1963, she began 20 years of teaching math, a subject she loved at a school. She earned a M.A. in Math from Georgetown University in 1965 and another from the University of Detroit in 1970.
Sister Mary Anita was a woman of many talents; she was especially musical. She was a long-time member of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. She was kind, friendly, and helpful. Always positive, she enjoyed questioning and sharing opinions with others.
Congratulations to the following organizations, which have received Gospel Fund grants to support their missions.
Resources and prayer services for Advent, a wonderful video on Father Tolton, and a Congressional briefing all in this weeks Get W.I.T.H. It!
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Living Our  Call as SSND:  Responding  to Racism 

December 1 7-8:30 p.m. CST.

I grew up in a racially divided Baltimore in the 1960s and early 1970s. This year has made me realize, in the words of Austin Channing Brown, “Doing nothing is no longer an option for me.”
Sister Mary Trinitas Bochini
Sister Mary Trinitas was a brilliant woman.  Popular with students, she was a remarkable teacher and colleague.  She stood up for equality and was an advocate for women.  A smile on her face, she could be totally absorbed in a jigsaw puzzle.  Her tender side was revealed in her faithfulness to family and a close relationship with her nephews.  
We invite you to view this video on Fr. Augustus Tolton, by Coronation Media. Father Tolton was the first Black priest in America, and Sister Herlinde Sicke, SSND, had the honor of being his teacher.
As the United States celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, we acknowledge the “errors, sins, faults and failures” that were, and continue to be, perpetrated against Native American peoples, and we pray for healing and unity to be fostered by the gratitude that motivates generous care for the earth and all people.
The following Prayer was prepared for the celebration of the Liturgy on the occasion of the Feast of Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, we join in prayer today to celebrate the 35th anniversary of her beatification.
An IND grad, Sister Lorretta began her years of service in high school when she worked weekends as a nurse’s aid at St. Agnes Hospital. She accomplished much as a teacher, and as the Executive Director of Marian House in Baltimore and as Director of Corazon a Corazon in Chicago. She loved working with the poor and was devoted to her mission to them.
Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat facing the global water system, simply because it is composed of different threats. The surface of our Blue Planet is made up of 71% water. Only 3% of this is fresh.
Sister Maryann loved working with small children and served in a number of positions working with infants and toddlers in New Jersey. In Naples, Florida, at Fun Time Early Academy, she was a pre-school teacher, tutor, and receptionist until 2018, when she retired to Villa Notre Dame. She very much enjoyed the Bingo games at VND and was a very frequent winner!

Please enjoy the booklet published in 1985 for the Beatification of Mary Theresa of Jesus.

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Reflect on this piece by Sister Connie Carrigan, “Water and Vulnerable Communities", participate in the LIRS Hope for the Holidays Project and catch up on Read all about it!
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Mary Anne O’Donnell, AMSSND Associate, becomes the first lay recipient of  the Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano Joyful Servant Award