Sisters' Stories - Celebrating 185 years of ministry

In honor of our Foundation Day on October 24 we are sharing stories from and/or about our amazing SSND Sisters. 

We invite you to help us continue to tell the stories of our Sisters this anniversary year by sharing a memory, a note about how a SSND has touched your life, or perhaps how you or your ministry are living the SSND charism. Reflections, essays and articles by and about sisters will now be featured weekly and will continue to be highlighted on our website as they come in. Please send us your submissions to

Sister Deborah Cerullo - God is Enough for Us

Looking back on my first year in provincial leadership, I am reminded of the reflection I wrote at the end of my novitiate when asked the question, “What do the vows mean to me?” I had studied the sections in "You Are Sent" that spoke of our vowed commitment and was poised to go out into the world to actually live them. What little I knew, but how great was my idealism and commitment!

Sister Mary Ellen Dougherty - Spiritual Director as Learner

Forty years ago a sister in my religious community asked me, "Why is it that people who are always talking about prayer and spiritual matters show no interest in social justice?" I wanted to ask her, just as pointedly, "Why is it that people who are always talking about justice causes show no interest in prayer or spiritual matters?" But I did not. Instead, I became enlisted in one of her causes. This has changed my way of seeing the world and myself in the world. It also influenced the way I view spiritual direction.