“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
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are an international congregation established by Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger in Bavaria in 1833 with the purpose of educating girls and the poor. Historically, SSNDs in the Atlantic-Midwest Province have expressed their mission of unity through education. “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
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.