Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
A concern in all of our ministries is the establishment of a just society. We work both to enable persons to reach the fullness of their potential and to create a global community where human dignity is respected, the environment is treasured, and spirituality is nourished. The needs of women, children, and those who are poor are our particular focus.
Our internationality challenges us to develop a global vision and prepares us to serve people of different cultural backgrounds. Together we witness to the possibility of overcoming national and cultural barriers so that all may be one in God.
In this spirit, the we, School Sisters of Notre Dame
- Witness to reconciliation and unity in a divided world by the way we live together.
- Educate with the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons (YAS, C 22).
- Act through the international Shalom Network for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation.
- Bring the needs and concerns of the world to the global community through affiliation with the United Nations.
Shalom is the international network for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Each sister and associate is a member of the Shalom Network. The network is guided by an international coordinator stationed at the Generalate in Rome and five continental branch representatives working with contact sisters and lay collaborators in every country where sisters minister.
This is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Blessed Antonina, a patroness of Shalom
Blessed Maria Antonina Kratochwil and the other School Sisters of Notre Dame who were martyred during World War II are patrons of Shalom, which is our International Network for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. These women religious lived and died because of their faith. Some “disappeared,” some were raped, others were beaten and shot. Today we School Sisters of Notre Dame recognize the significant relationship between their lives and deaths, and all that living Shalom calls us to: to risk all in faith for a more just and truly human world.
They inspire in us a renewed commitment to live Shalom, promote a culture of life, and address the injustices in the world today. With Blessed Antonina we listen to the cries of all creation and we respond in solidarity.
Sister Maria Antonina Kratochwil was beatified in the group of 108 martyrs of World War II by Pope John Paul II, in Warsaw, on June 13, 1999. The feast of the 108 martyrs including Bl. Antonina is celebrated on June 12 each year. We also remember Bl. Antonina on the anniversary of her death, October 2. [More …]