Resources on St. Augustine
Our charism flows from our spiritual heritage, especially the gifts of St. Augustine, who formed a community of one heart and one soul in God, seeing in the Trinity the basis, source, and goal of all community; (Excerpt from You Are Sent, Prologue) Click each part to watch the video.
Part 1 – The Life of St. Augustine [6:51 min]
Claiming the Fire Within Retreat 2021
Blessed Theresa: Risking in Faith — Claiming the Fire Within Retreat 2021 - Presented by Sister Joan Penzenstadler, SSND [40:03 min]
Blessed Theresa: Risking in Faith - Reflection Handout
Mother Caroline: The Work of Unity — Claiming the Fire Within Retreat 2021 - Presented by Suzy Blackburn [50:56 min]
Mother Caroline: The Work of Unity - Reflection Handout
The Spirit (Fire) of Love Gives Everything — Claiming the Fire Within Retreat 2021 - Presented by Sister Charmaine Krohe, SSND [37:34 min]
The Spirit (Fire) of Love Gives Everything - Reflection Handout
October 2020 Ministry Formation Session 1 & 2
Life and Leadership of Blessed Theresa - October 2020 Ministry Formation Session 1, Part 1 Presented by Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND [55:40 min]
Life and Leadership of Mother Caroline Friess - October 2020 Ministry Formation Session 1, Part 2 Presented by Sister Miriam Jansen, SSND [58:12 min]
SSND Educational Vision
In this three-part video series, Sister Miriam Jansen, SSND, details the evolution of the SSND educational vision over three centuries.
Part 1 - 19th century (31 minutes) - Part 2 - 20th century (15 minutes) - Part 3 - 21st century (19 minutes).
St. Augustine (354-430) and Apostolic Religious Life.
In this two-part video S. Kay O’Connell, SSND shares about St. Augustine (354-430) and Apostolic Religious Life. In part I she highlights Augustine’s search for God. In part II she looks at his leadership as Bishop of Hippo and ongoing search for God. Augustine laid the foundation for people living in community being of one mind and one heart in God, a characteristic that is essential to the SSND charism.
Blessed Alix LeClerc (1576-1622) and St. Peter Fourier (1565-1640),
In the recording below S. Kay O’Connell, SSND shares on Blessed Alix LeClerc (1576-1622) and St. Peter Fourier (1565-1640), founders of the Congregation of the Canonesses of St. Augustine. They gave new direction to religious life, whereby ministry became integral to faith community, another intrinsic element of SSND life and mission.
The Life of Mother Caroline Friess
The Life and Ministry of M. Caroline Friess: A Resource Booklet
Copies can be ordered through the Department of Ministry Services using this Order Form
By Michele Levandoski, Archivist
On November 7, 1853, Mother Caroline Friess, accompanied by two sisters, left the Milwaukee motherhouse to open a new mission in New York City, but the trip did not go as planned. Mother Caroline wrote, “We were ready with our baggage standing before the ship when we noticed that we were a few minutes late due to a slow cab, and before our eyes, the ship pulled away from the land…We had to return home. The next day brought a new hindrance. Because of stormy weather, no ship left harbor.”
Father Peter Mathias Abbelen, Father Spiritual of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in North America, and confidante of Mother Caroline, wrote an account of her life shortly after her death. In the introduction to this work, Bishop J.L. Spalding, Bishop of Peoria, describes Caroline’s “Catholic spirit.” His reflection on Catholicity, though written in 1893, is especially timely today. Father Abbelen is buried in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, near the grave of Mother Caroline.