Transforming the world through education


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, 4

12 October 2020

Dear Sisters,

It is a great joy to share with you that our four sisters have arrived in Juba, South Sudan.

This is the beginning of a new missionary partnership of our congregation with the Order of Friars Minor in Holy Trinity Parish in Juba and with the Comboni Missionaries in Old Fangak.  You may recall that we were invited by them in December 2018 to consider possible collaboration with them in the service of pastoral, social, and educational needs of the people in these two parishes.

The people themselves expressed the needs, especially of women and children. Their strong desire was to have women religious work with them in the promotion of human dignity, spiritual formation, and education. After a visit to South Sudan, much dialogue and discernment, and with the commitment of all of us, particularly our four sisters, we trust and dare to respond.

Sisters Rose and Karina will join in ministry at Holy Trinity Parish in Juba, and Sisters M. Dominica and M. Teresa will serve in education in Old Fangak. We are excited about and grateful for this new opportunity to join in solidarity with others as we strive to address urgent needs and witness to unity. It is a new moment for us in “this journey towards full communion…to offer common witness to the love of God for all people by working together in the service of humanity” (Fratelli tutti, 280).

Please keep our sisters, the Franciscan Friars, and the Comboni Missionaries in your prayer as they enter into this new initiative for the sake of God’s mission.

United in Mission,
The General Council

Front: Sister Karina, ALC;
Back, l to r:
Sisters Rose, AF; M. Dominica, BY;   M. Teresa, PO

Sisters having arrived in Juba, South Sudan

Sisters having arrived in Juba, South Sudan

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