Heritage Library

New Resources available on the General Chapter and Directional Statements 1987-2023

General Chapter Video Resource Handout

Directional Statements 1987-2023 Resource Handout

SSND in Canada

This storybook [29 minutes] traces the story from its beginning to its unfolding in its present form, offering an overview of the lived mission and ministries of the Canadian sisters. Click here to enjoy the story book.

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]

Part 2- St. Augustine’s Spiritual Influence (Past and Presence) and Approach to Leadership   [8:53 min]

Part 3 - St. Augustine and The Foundations of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)  [7:20 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]

Letters of Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger

Click here to access all 15 volumes.

Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger
Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger

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

Please find a preview copy here.

Copies can be ordered through the Department of Ministry Services using this Order Form

Read about the Travels and Trials of Mother Caroline Friess 

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.” 

The "Catholic Spirit" of Mother Caroline

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.

This video tells the story of Blessed Mother Theresa in Portuguese