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Read the most recent Shalom / UN-NGO Newsletter with dispatches from SSND Sisters throughout the world.
SSND has a rich history and commitment towards education. We have an opportunity to help elevate and address the current global education crisis this weekend as our NGO representative Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia attends the Transforming Education Summit.
My goal is to strengthen the spirit of Laudato Si’ (LS) in my students. Pope Francis says, “We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes, and forms of...
Sr Beatriz Martinez Garcia, SSND
Sr Beatriz Martinez Garcia, SSND

SSND NGO representative at the United Nations -  Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia

The School Sisters of Notre Dame is a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) with the U.N. Department of Public Information since 1993.

SSND also has Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)  which provides the opportunity to submit statements for consideration by the U.N. Secretary-General and the CSW (Commission on the Status of Women). Past statements have reflected the SSND commitment to ensure that girls have a place at the table and a voice during these deliberations.

Sister Beatriz Eugenia Martinez-Garcia, (left), from the Central Pacific Province who was appointed to serve as the next SSND NGO representative at the United Nations beginning July 1 20219. Sister Beatriz was born and raised in Mexico where her family lives. As a School Sister of Notre Dame, she has ministered in parishes and diocesan offices in the area of evangelization and catechesis in Mexico and in the U.S. in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota. 

Sister Eileen Reilly, as she concluded her nine-year term said, "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve the congregation and meet so many sisters in so many places. You give me hope for our future when you respond to invitations to observe U.N. days like World Peace Day, when you welcome me into your homes and ministries, and when you and your students participate in U.N. events.

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement!"

Sister Beatriz Eugenia Martinez-Garcia, (left) and her predecessor Sister Eileen Reilly, (right)