Values can be defined as guiding principles that one holds in high esteem and desires to live by, to let the values work on oneself so as to be transformed. Values shape behavior, lead to action, and influence decisions and outcomes. Values reflect a person’s, community’s or organization’s sense of right or wrong or what ought to be; on a deeper level values mirror a person’s, community’s, or organization’s sense of purpose and mission. Values empower.
For the School Sisters of Notre Dame, flowing from their constitution You Are Sent, values foster oneness in their faith community and promote unity among all people. Living the values creates a possibility for humanity. Their values are guided by the values Jesus Christ lived and taught. Thus the sisters call themselves and others to embody gospel values and live the social teachings of the church because values reveal the reign of God and confront that which impedes human development and unity.
Flowing from their mission of deepening communion with God and among people,
the Atlantic-Midwest province articulates the following values for ministry:
Respect · Communion in Ministry · Excellence · Engagement · Transformation · Joy
Together, we share these values, which will guide and focus our work with SSND as a whole.
Below please find resources for your reflection and prayer on each value. The resources are offered in a Word document for your adaptation or personalization to your unique setting. Please contact the Department of Ministry Services, Yvonne DeBruin, Director, or Laura Stafford, Administrative Assistant with any support requests or questions you might have.