Only by love will we win the love of the children and draw their hearts to God.
Blessed M. Theresa Gerhardinger, #4405.
When I teach others what I must instruct them in, I will have to first learn and practice myself.
Blessed M. Theresa Gerhardinger, #29
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. Like Mother Theresa, we educate with the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. Thus, our ministry demands a Christian vision of what the human person is called to be and what the world is destined to become.
We are educators in all that we are and do.
You Are Sent, Constitution 22-23
Our Educational Tradition
An open book with the words Virtus et Scientia (Latin for “virtue and knowledge”) is a traditional symbol found in our schools. It expresses our educational vision. The motto Virtus et Scientia indicates the holistic nature of this educational vision.
Virtus looks to the formation of the heart, the moral formation of the whole person. We seek to enable each person to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and likeness, and to direct their gifts to helping others to do the same.
Scientia means providing knowlege that is comprehensive and many-sided, a knowledge that strengthens the understanding of our interdependence with others and promotes ecological balance. It means educating students to be aware of the needs of the world, people and all creation.
Virtus et Scientia, together, enable responsibility for building a more just and truly human world.
Communicating God’s love
“You Are Sent presents a vision of the person, the educator, and the world. It takes Blessed Theresa’s vision and re-conceptualizes our ministry for the modern world. It says consider yourself first and fundamentally, an educator, a transformer, a doer of justice. We are educators in all that we are and do. We are educators called to embrace a worldwide vision, to open ourselves to see, really see, the world with global eyes; to know the world with a global mind, and to love the world with a global heart.”
Miriam Jansen SSND, “Grasping the Full Meaning of our Educational Vision”, St. Louis Province Day, August 12, 2006
- A Way to the Future – Directions for SSND Education 1986, The work of the International Education Seminar of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Rome 1984-1986 (pdf 100 KB)
Province of Austria-Italy
- Vision, Mission, Values : SSND Schools in Austria (pdf 55 KB)
- Model for the Educational Institutions in the Bavarian Province (pdf 100 KB)
- Leitbild Pädagogische Einrichtungen der Armen Schulschwestern von Unserer Lieben Frau (pdf 194 KB)
Central Pacific Province
- Miriam Jansen SSND, “Grasping the Full Meaning of our Educational Vision”, St. Louis Province Day, August 12, 2006 (pdf 90 KB – on the Sturdy Roots website)
- Miriam Jansen, SSND, “Love & Learning: School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Vision”, 2002 – Reprinted on the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, October 24, 2013. (pdf 350 KB – on the Mt. Mary website)