News and Events

The most powerful way that individuals and institutions can encourage world leaders to act for climate and ecological justice is to gather signatures for the Biodiversity and Climate petition (healthy planet, healthy people) that has been developed with input from many Catholic actors around the world.
During these last full weeks of planning and packing,of reality colliding with unreality, of so many memories, so many feelings, bidden and unbidden, I’ve been asking myself, “Why? Why we are leaving our beloved Wilton?”
This week, Dare to join the March on Washington in-person or virtually, reflect on Laudato Si Action Platform's Goal # 6, ecological spirituality, prepare for the Season of Creation, participate in prayers for pathways to citizenship, join USCSAHT for a webinar to learn about the Campaign for Fair Food.
The OPDIC Committee is encouraging you to join in a series of presentations designed to connect sisters, associates and partners as we examine together both our personal and universal experiences of loss. Through exploring, reflecting, conversing, and praying, it is our hope that we will be able to support one another on our journey of “Living with Loss”. The series will be led by Donna Bilek, SSND Associate with the initial sessions being offered on September 21, October 19, and November 16. Participation in all sessions will be via zoom. Both a morning and evening session will be offered.
Skill and sportsmanship fueled the Academy of the Holy Angels’ success at this summer’s virtual Harvard China Model United Nations Conference. The Academy’s delegates to this international event drew several honors and demonstrated leadership, mentorship, expertise, and diplomacy.
Listen to Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem discuss "Towards a Framework for Repair", Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands, and his original insights into racialized trauma in all kinds of bodies, have offered new ways forward for us all.
Today, August 21, is the birthday of Mother M. Caroline Friess! We celebrate and are grateful for the amazing woman she was. Did you know there is a story regarding some of the photos we have of her?
The Watermark staff and administration and the VND Care Transition Task Force, administration and Sisters have worked together to make the move go as smoothly as possible given the challenge of moving 58 Sisters with all their furniture and personal belongings.
This week plan to take action for Haiti and Afganistan, as well as March for Voting Rights and make time to read Elise D. García, OP’s  Presidential Address at the LCWR Assembly: Creating Space for the Future: Cutting Deeper Grooves of Transforming Love into Evolution
#TheHumanRace is the global challenge for climate action in solidarity with people who need it the most, and to put the needs of climate-vulnerable people front and center at the UN climate summit (COP26).
Re-thinking and re-designing educational curricula in the spirit of integral ecology to create ecological awareness and action, promoting the ecological vocation of young people, teachers and leaders of education.
Fifty-eight of our Sisters are making the move from Villa Notre Dame in Wilton to The Watermark in Bridgeport, CT: With the reality of the closing of Villa Notre Dame, many beautiful and bittersweet rituals were celebrated and livestreamed from the VND chapel, the heart of the pentagon.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to take a walk down memory lane, through the halls of the schools you attended. We have been busy creating these slideshows and have emailed them to those of you for whom we have email addresses.

While we await news regarding the extent of the damage and loss suffered by the Haitian people in the August 14th earthquake, we struggle with a question that comes from the depths of our hearts as well as our souls—"how much more can the Haitian people endure?”
Fifty-nine years from the exact date of her first vows as an SSND in the VND chapel, and 54 since final profession, Sister Jean McLoughlin’s funeral liturgy was celebrated there by a large congregation of beloved family, devoted friends and community members, colleagues, and spiritual directees. True to her whole life and way of being, its keynote was joy.
On August 28th, 2021, the 58th Anniversary of the March on Washington led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people from all over the United States will gather again to March On for Voting Rights. 
The 2021 LCWR annual assembly opened on August 11th. "We recognized that addressing the sinful breach and heresy of racism and white supremacy is at the heart of our identity as women of the Gospel, this is a sacred task of cosmic dimensions."
Adopting a simple lifestyle is grounded in the idea of sufficiency, and promoting sobriety in the use of resources and energy. Adopt actions that support a simpler lifestyle such as reducing waste and adopting sustainable dietary habits, greater use of public transport, active mobility (walking, cycling), and avoiding single-use items (e.g. plastic, etc.).
Our province and our congregation celebrated the perpetual profession of Sister Joan Pikiell, which took place at our Villa Notre Dame Chapel in Wilton, CT, on August 7.