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Drawing on “the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States and Canada,” which is “inextricably connected to the immigrant experience,” the Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (AMSSND) has made a commitment to support justice for immigrants.
Find the final resources for Season of Creation, learn about Fair Trade month, read the new Immigration Committee voter guide and review some of our recently shared links in this weeks GET WITH IT!
Recent AHA grad Isabela Presti saw that a relative became distressed after receiving a prescription for a new, life-changing Cystic Fibrosis medication, she asked why. She learned that only a fraction of CF patients around the world would have access to the new treatment, and founded Scripts of Love ( to help improve these individuals’ lives.
Sister Marie Denise Murphy, SSND
Sister Marie Denise taught and was in Pastoral Ministery at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Britain, Connecticut from 1970 until 2016. She loved the areas nature and beauty. She planned and directed the Adopted Grandparents Program at Brittany Farms Rest Home. Marie Denise also loved her Irish heritage and visited her father’s relatives in Ireland many times; she felt great happiness in being with them. 

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 DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program offers some legal status to young people who were brought to the United States as children without proper documentation, allowing them to work and attend school without fear of deportation. For recipients of DACA—often called Dreamers—the United States is the only home they have ever really known, but their status is in limbo since the Trump Administration is continuing efforts to shut down the program. The only permanent solution is legislative action from Congress.
Today the U.S. Department of Education named Notre Dame Preparatory School a 2020-2021 National Blue Ribbon School status based on its overall academic excellence.
On Sept. 27, we celebrate the World Day for Migrants and Refugees and recommit to standing in solidarity with them. The theme this year is “Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee.” Please make use of the resources below to learn, pray, and act!
The International Day of Peace, September 21, 2020 is observed by all in our SSND Shalom Networks around the world.  This year, a video/prayer for this day has been translated into the languages of SSND so that all of us can pray “as one” for peace in our day.
This September, the Academy of the Holy Angels recognized the retirements of Sister Kathleen Dunham, SSND, and Sister Diane Driscoll, SSJ. Both women have spent the past five decades as educators. At the same time, the Academy’s administration welcomed Donna Ryan, AnneMarie Ryan, Brianne Wolman, Frank Hunter, Andréa Palacio, and Jessica Santulli.
Sister Rosemary was a fiercely independent, no nonsense woman, Because she loved and enjoyed life, Rosemary believed that you should “get on with it” and live your life.
Why was I surprised when I mentioned to the Sisters that I would take our recycling to the city dump the next day and Sister Kathleen Feeley said, “I would like to come with you so that I can learn how to do it”?
...that Sister Limeteze Pierre-Gilles from the Atlantic-Midwest Province has been selected to participate in the USA National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) Convocation in October?
A quiet peace pervaded Villa Notre Dame recently, as the community was able to celebrate two funerals. They were the first there since late winter.
During this 2020 Season of Creation (Sept. 1- Oct. 4), take some time to read and reflect on the resources that are being highlighted weekly in Get With It!
Signs of the Times
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the brutal underbelly of American democracy, read about racial inequality through the lens of the pandemic in the US and Canada.
Dr. Shannen Dee Williams webinar presentation, Why Black History Matters explores these themes and raises questions about the specific ways religious congregations of men and women, the US Catholic priesthood and Catholic institutions have been impacted by racism.
During this 2020 Season of Creation (Sept. 1- Oct. 4), take some time to read, and reflect on these Season of Creation resources! Provided by the JPIC office. 
The Golf Ball Drop, which was to take place at our Golfing for Good Tournament on August 30, was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.