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A Journey with Common Threads

On October 23-24th, the Department of Ministry Services offered its first-ever virtual ministry formation session. Fourteen participants tuned in from Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Connecticut and Canada.  Participants ranged from executive directors, board chairs, department directors, and those with leading roles in development, communications, campus ministry, health care, ministry formation and behavioral health.
Sister Brunhild at the Motherhouse in Munich 2016

Our Mission

“Our Mission is to proclaim the good news as School Sisters of Notre Dame, directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. As He was sent to show the Father’s love to the world, we are sent to make Christ visible by our very being, by sharing our love, faith, and hope.”

-You Are Sent, Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame


Historically, SSNDs in the Atlantic-Midwest Province have expressed our mission of unity through education, which enables persons to reach the fullness of their potential.

“Urged by the love of Christ, we choose to express our mission through ministry directed toward education. For us, education means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to direct their gifts toward building the earth.”

You Are Sent, C 22

We have taught in elementary, secondary, and university classrooms, and we embrace the concept that education goes beyond the classroom walls and into social service centers and programs –anywhere individuals seek to grow and improve their lives and their communities.

Today, sisters of the Atlantic-Midwest Province minister in and out of formal educational settings in over 30 Dioceses across North America and in England. Our roles include teachers, administrators, librarians, lawyers and accountants. We are also nurses, facilitators and therapists, pastoral and parish ministers, volunteers and women of prayer.

“A particular concern in all ministries is the establishment of a just society.”

You Are Sent, GD 33

Our sisters work in many places that serve people who are poor and marginalized, helping them further their education, find employment, or provide nutritious food for themselves and their families. We recognize that education of the whole person does not stop when the person finishes formal schooling. Responding to the needs of ever-changing dynamics in our global society, today’s sisters in the Atlantic-Midwest Province bring the unity of Christ’s love to our broken world in a variety of ways.

Regardless of where we come from or how we serve, we are all proud members of the Atlantic-Midwest Province.

Learn more about the more than 2,500 School Sisters of Notre Dame who serve in 32 countries around the world.

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