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Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted on: June 23, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

June 23, 2017 is the Feast of the Sacred Heart. In this video, Sr. Ruth Lubbers reflects on this day and the history behind the SNDs' devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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A reflection on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Posted on: June 21, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege, SND

Two hearts
One surrounded by thorns
One pierced by a sword
Two hearts
Stamped onto
The official seal of the Sisters of Notre Dame
“KLOSTER ZU UNSERER LIEBEN FRAU IN COESFELD”

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Sr. Nicole's Border Talk

Posted on: June 12, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Vocation, Novitiate, Events, Blog,

Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin recently returned from 3 months of ministry at the US-Mexico border. On June 20, she will speak about her experience at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

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BLOG: A reflection on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (May 25)

Posted on: May 16, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

He is risen
He is not here

Where is he?
     In the garden with Magdalene
     In the upper room with Thomas
     On the seashore preparing breakfast

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BLOG: A reflection on the Feast of St. Julie (May 13)

Posted on: May 12, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

How good is the good God
How good is God

The good God
Punctuating every letter she writes
Woven through every conference

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BLOG: Courageous in the Face of Fear

Posted on: April 10, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Blog, Sndusa, Novitiate, Hispanic ministry,

This year as Holy Week begins, I find myself reflecting on the fears present in Scripture. We hear often from Jesus, "Do not be afraid." There must have been a lot of fear if he had to say it so often. Now that I think of it, it seems as if fear is a human quality. Fear arises when the illusion of control is dismantled in our lives. Ironically, our fear often ends up controlling us.

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Do I need a vacation? No, I need a retreat!

Posted on: February 22, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Retreats,

by Jenni Crowley-Albu

As a young adult, our lives are busy:  Busy with work, school, family, children, friends, home… the list goes on and on.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” and forget to take time to slow things down for reflection and reconnection with your innermost beliefs and thoughts.

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What does Lent mean?

Posted on: February 22, 2017 12:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Agnes Hemmerle

Here we are at the beginning of the happy times of Lent, yes I did say “happy.” Happy because it is a season, six weeks long, when we happily embrace the time of coming closer to Christ, to God, to the One who compassionately and lovingly gave His life that we might have life in abundance.

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Falling for SND-USA

Posted on: February 21, 2017 1:10 pm
Tags: Sndusa, Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

For two years or more, we Sisters of Notre Dame have been hearing about “SND-USA.”  Each area of our life is being reviewed as the four SND provinces in the USA prepare to become one by 2020.  Committees consider provincial policies and procedures and there have been opportunities for the sisters to meet one another through retreats, conferences, renewals, and jubilee celebrations.  But some of us have really taken this with great gusto.  I literally “fell for SND-USA.”

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Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger teaching English in Rome

Posted on: October 4, 2016 2:40 pm
Tags: Blog, Education,

Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger is currently in Rome leading English lessons among her fellow Sisters of Notre Dame. She recently wrote:

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BLOG: Learning from Leaving

Posted on: August 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Tags: Novitiate, Blog

by Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin

"You're never coming back are you?"
The little disappointed face familiar with the act of leaving and smeared with the peaches we just shared pleaded me to contradict her. It broke my heart, knowing that I probably would never again see these children, who I had grown so fond of during the last week.

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BLOG: Tears for Others

Posted on: July 18, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Nicole Marie

"All I want to do is cry. That was my first thought after attending a Panel Discussion on Police and the Black Community last night." Read the full blog post here.

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BLOG: May visit to Eddyville Penitentiary

Posted on: July 11, 2016 9:00 am
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Dolores Giblin

We were a small group of five Sisters in this year's visit to Eddyville penitentiary's death row: two Benedictine Sisters, one Sister from the Congregation of Divine Providence, a Sister of Charity, and me.

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Blog: Musings while hiking

Posted on: May 6, 2016 4:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin

"I've been hiking a lot recently, it helps me to clear my mind and pray. I've learned that being in silence with God does not have to be motionless..." Click here to read Sr. Nicole's full blog post

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God is good all the time and everywhere

Posted on: May 2, 2016 2:50 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Nance Marie Hehman

Augusta, Kentucky has been my home and place of ministry for the last nine years. It is a beautiful city with kind people. Outside of town along Route 8 are several abandoned buildings, awaiting total renovation or demolition. I mention these buildings because they came to mind on my recent pilgrimage to Nicaragua.

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Merciful Like the Father...

Posted on: May 2, 2016 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Associates,

At the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Sisters and Associates of Notre Dame shared the day-to-day acts of mercy that touched them recently. (As seen in the spring 2016 issue of The Pulse.)

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Blog: We are all homeless...

Posted on: April 13, 2016 5:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin

I love to explore the outdoors. I bike, hike, meander in fields, and do whatever I can to be with God's creation. Since I moved to a new city in August, I am still exploring what nature has to offer in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. On one exploration, I found a roughly maintained nature trail which followed the bank of the river close to my house. I pushed my bike as far as it would go, sure that the trail would lead somewhere interesting. But soon enough I found myself in the middle of a bank of grass which dead ended into the side of a bridge overpass. I wondered why the path just abruptly stopped and soon realized the answer. I smelled campfire. And if I looked closely at the brush by the river I could see well worn paths and tops of tents... 

I had stumbled upon a camp of people experiencing homelessness! 

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Did you know...?

Posted on: April 8, 2016 2:00 pm
Tags: Did you know, Blog,

Did you know...in the 1920s, Sister Mary Philomena was called upon to take charge of the fundraising for the building of a provincial house on Dixie Highway and organizing the St. Joseph Heights Home Association?

 

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Easter message from Buseesa

Posted on: March 28, 2016 10:00 am
Tags: Uganda, Blog,

Sr. Mary Paulynne Tubick in Buseesa emailed the following message to Sr. Mary Janet Stamm in Covington on Saturday, March 26, 2016. 

He is Risen! Alleluia! May you experience the joy and blessings of this Easter season!  Jesus is alive and his love remains present forever!  I believe that each of us is offered this life eternal and to live as lights of God’s goodness and love in our world today.  So rejoice and let us always remember Jesus’ promise: “I am with you always. Remain in my love.”  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Here is a recap and description of our Triduum happenings in Buseesa...

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A Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage Walk

Posted on: March 21, 2016 11:50 am
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Margaret Agnes Hemmerle

In spite of the weather forecast of rain for March 12 a widely diverse group of thirty-one pilgrims showed up at Blessed Sacrament Church at 7:00 a.m. They were ready to begin a Jubilee Year of Mercy walking pilgrimage to seven diocesan churches in the Covington area.

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Gratitude. Passion. Hope.

Posted on: February 1, 2016 9:00 am
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Marla Monahan

"I recently returned from a week-long training with more than twenty women and men religious formation directors from the U.S. and Canada. The commitment and vibrancy of those involved in this ministry is a sign to me of God’s faithfulness..."

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Alleluia for the rain and guardian angels!

Posted on: January 26, 2016 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Marge Mouch

Winter Storm Jonas left a 16-inch carpet over everything here in West Liberty, KY when “he” went through last Friday-Saturday. I have been hibernating in my apartment since then.

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A letter to the Sisters of Notre Dame

Posted on: January 18, 2016 11:00 am
Tags: Blog,

by Jay Kirchner

"When my wife and I moved to Northern Kentucky in 2007, my first job was to play music for the Sisters of Notre Dame convent. I played there Monday through Friday for seven years. My son was 4 years old and in pre-school when I first began. I am sure a lot of you know how it can be with a toddler at church, on a plane and such..." 

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BLOG: Sr. Luann "lightens up"

Posted on: December 21, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: St charles, Blog,

Sr. Mary Luann Bender, the Mission & Ministry Coordinator at St. Charles Community, reflects on downsizing and her upcoming move from the convent at St. Charles Community to temporary residence at the St. Charles Lodge.

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Did you know...?

Posted on: November 23, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: Did you know, Blog,

by Sr. Mary Joan Terese Niklas

Did you know...the current parking lot at St. Joseph Heights was formerly a pond?

The current, large blacktop parking lot in the back yard of the provincial center replaced the original pond on Mr. Heck’s farm. In 1912 when Mr. Heck agreed to sell his farm to the Sisters of Notre Dame, the property included a pond. An amazing event occurred on the morning of March 18, 1933. 

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"Why are these women so happy?"

Posted on: November 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Suzanne Rose

“Why are these women so happy?” That’s the question that I wanted answered throughout my twelve years of school with the Sisters of Notre Dame. These women who had taught me since I was a little girl at St. Stephen’s School in Newport and then at Notre Dame Academy were really and truly happy people. I wanted what they had.

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Did you know...?

Posted on: October 27, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Did you know, Blog

by Sr. Mary Joan Terese Niklas

Did you know...why the Covington provincial center was (and is) called St. Joseph Heights?

In 1907 the Sisters of Notre Dame purchased a portion of the Fedders Farm (the current Park Hills Animal Hospital) and the adjacent Berry Farm on Lexington Pike/Dixie Highway.

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BLOG: On a Mission

Posted on: October 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Uganda, Blog,

by Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger

This November Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger will return to the SND mission in Uganda with eight volunteers. They are referred to as "the maintenance group" and will spend ten days taking on repairs and updates at the SND schools in Buseesa, Uganda. Sr. Mary Rita recently reflected on the upcoming trip, its challenges, and its blessings.  

What excites me most about the maintenance group making the trip is their dedication to "never leaving a job unfinished." Bob said this in the name of all the workers last year and true to their word, those who are able are returning.

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BLOG: Celebration in Birmingham

Posted on: October 12, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Lourdes hall,

by Sr. Mary Ruth Lubbers

On October 10 and 11, 2015, Sisters Mary Ann Christine Kathman, Claire Engbersen, Lourita Warken, and Ruth Lubbers took part in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and School’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Birmingham, Alabama.  

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Foundation Day Reflections

Posted on: October 1, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

The Sisters of Notre Dame were founded on October 1, 1850 in Coesfeld, Germany. 

After 165 years of active apostolic ministry, there are countless instances of inspiration. However, there are bound to be a few funny stories, as well. Click below to read what inspires us today and the memories that made a few of us chuckle over the years.

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BLOG: My first year as a Patient Support Navigator

Posted on: September 22, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Blog, St claire regional,

by Sr. Marge Mouch

In October 2015, I will complete my first year as a Patient Support Navigator (PSN) at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, KY. I love this work!

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BLOG: 15 of 101 days in Uganda

Posted on: September 15, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Uganda,

by Mekenzie Elbert

The first fifteen days of this journey have been filled with many exciting, scary, and adventurous learning experiences! It is now the second week of school, and the first full week for the primary students. Culture differences are so real, and I think I have been experiencing the truest form of culture shock.
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BLOG: First 3 days of my 101 day journey

Posted on: September 4, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Uganda, Blog,
On August 31, 2015, Mekenzie Elbert left Kentucky for the SND mission in Uganda. Mekenzie was invited to teach at St. Julie Mission in Buseesa, serving as a substitute teacher for Sr. Mary Judith Averbeck while she returns for a home visit in October. 
Mekenzie wrote to us upon her arrival in Uganda...
"I have finally made it to Buseesa. I must say, it feels like I have already been back in Africa for weeks."
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Eight going on nun: Happy birthday, Trinity!

Posted on: September 3, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Judith Niewahner

One of the families at Holy Spirit Child Development Center recently asked if we sisters would be willing to let their daughter, Trinity, have her 8th birthday party at the convent in Newport, KY. An interesting request, and one we were happy to fulfill! The young girl's wish is to become a sister when she grows up. She also wished to have a nun birthday party.

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BLOG: Notre Dame Education Summit

Posted on: August 5, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger

The Education Summit sponsored by the SND National Education Office was aptly named because the time together - June 18-20, 2015 - really did represent a high point in the history of Notre Dame Education. The Summit was held at the University of Dayton. Over 150 teachers and administrators from many of our schools from the 4 U.S. Provinces, as well as our Notre Dame Schools in India, Tanzania, and Uganda were present to share the ND heritage and charism and to look toward its future full of hope.

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BLOG: Associates show their support at SND*USA

Posted on: July 28, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Sndusa,

by Sr. Mary Rita Geoppinger

SND-USA as an event is over but, in reality, SND-USA has been happening and will continue to happen, grow and change as the years go on. For this reason it was delightful to view an old video (1989) showing the anniversary celebration in Toledo of Sr. Aloysia's death. This ran on jumbotron screens during lunch breaks in the assembly area. It was fun to see how we were then and to muse on how much we have changed. It made us very conscious of how far we have come in 25 years, which doesn't seem all that long ago.

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BLOG: Spirit action at SND*USA

Posted on: July 27, 2015 12:50 pm
Tags: Blog, Sndusa,

by Sr. Mary Dolores Giblin

What a blast—of Spirit action, openness to that action and to others encountered.  Altogether an enriching and motivating experience! I think we all walked away from the SND*USA gathering feeling like it is truly a blessing to belong to the Notre Dame family in the United States.

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BLOG: Morning Mass at SND*USA

Posted on: July 24, 2015 2:00 pm
Tags: Sndusa, Blog,

by Sr. Marla Monahan

Today was the first full day of the SND*USA National Gathering. The morning began with a liturgy led by Monsignor Charles Singler, who is Director of Priestly Vocations/Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Toledo and was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame in Sandusky, OH. Appropriately, his focus for us was joy and courage.

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BLOG: Columbus, here we come!

Posted on: July 23, 2015 10:00 am
Tags: Sndusa, Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

Today is the day:  The day we’ve been anticipating for weeks – no, months!  In a few hours we are off to Columbus to meet with sisters from our three other USA provinces: Thousand Oaks, CA, Toledo, OH, and Chardon, OH.  This “Gathering” as we call it, is one of the major steps as we move forward to form one SND-USA province.

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BLOG: Reunited...for the first time

Posted on: July 15, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Uganda,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

Since 2006, when our first Uganda sister was professed, I had known our young women only through their photos and had heard stories about their participation in ministry, their enthusiasm, and their kindness.  Finally in June, the sisters in Covington would be able to meet two of these sisters, speak with them, and hear something of their personal stories.

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BLOG: Full house, full hearts

Posted on: July 14, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: Blog, Uganda,

by Sr. Mary Janet Stamm

Summer 2015 saw many visitors at the Covington provincial center! In June, we welcomed several of our sisters from India and Uganda to St. Joseph Heights. Sr. Mary Janet Stamm took a moment after their departures to reflect on their visits.

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BLOG: Father's Day, June 21, 2015

Posted on: June 21, 2015 12:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Margie Mouch

Father’s Day! What a wonderful way to celebrate it this year with our new Bishop John Stowe...

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BLOG: Sr. Maria Christina's retreat in Manhattan

Posted on: June 8, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Maria Christina Hennig

In August 2014, Sr. Maria Christina Hennig made a different kind of annual retreat. She participated in spiritual exercises on the streets of Manhattan. 

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BLOG: A one-day pilgrimage

Posted on: June 1, 2015 1:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Agnes Hemmerle

There are many ways to pray. On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 we set out on a way that was begun or rather revitalized in the 16th century by St. Philip Neri in Rome. I am talking about a walking pilgrimage. 

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BLOG: How my life is different in retirement

Posted on: May 29, 2015 3:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Retirement

by Sr. Mary Janet Stamm

Life is a journey.  I am still on the way.  Reflecting on this truth helped me as I ended one grand chapter of my life, took wings and then set foot on a whole new path.  After eighteen years in active ministry in education at St. Julie Mission in Uganda, East Africa, I returned home to stay.

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