Become a Sister

Love is the sign through which the world should be convinced that we believe in Jesus.
Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger

The School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of over 2,200 sisters ministering in 30 countries, united in the vision and mission by our leaders in Rome. Our African ministries are in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Kenya.

We are educators for transformation. We educate at all levels, both in schools and in informal settings. We believe that education can transform persons, and change the world. We have a strong commitment to the education of girls.

What are the steps to becoming a sister?

First, get in touch with us and share your desire with the Vocation Director. We will listen to you, respond to your questions and assist you on your discernment journey through the following stages:


Continue with your education or employment and meet monthly with an SSND to learn more about our life and mission.

Celebration of First Profession of Vows, July 3, 2020
Caught up in Christ's unconditional love, we dare you to say Yes!
Celebration of First Profession of Vows, July 3, 2020


Join affiliates from other African countries in Kisumu, Kenya for a two-year postulancy program.


Come to the Novitiate in Rome for two years of developing your understanding of religious life.

Professed Sister:

Take vows of gospel poverty, consecrated celibacy and apostolic obedience and begin your service in one of our African missions.


A brochure if available for download: Vocation Brochure (PDF).

For more information, contact a SSND Vocation Director nearest to you:


SSND Vocation Director
P. O. Box 670
Sunyani, Ghana
+233 26 234 7006 / +233 24 197 1042


SSND Vocation Director
P. O. Box 17, 40300
Homabay, Kenya
SSND Vocation Director
P. O. Box 402, 40200
Kisii, Kenya
+254 706 362615 / +254 748 524221


SSND Vocation Director
P. O. Box 1248
Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State
Nigeria, West Africa
+234 708 458 8168 / +234 814 301 4360

Sierra Leone:

SSND Vocation Director
Catholic Mission Bumbuna
Sierra Leone
+232 761 15762

The Gambia:

SSND Vocation Director
P. O. Box 165
Banjul, The Gambia
+220 200 5560 / +220 648 1333

PMB Achimota School Post Office, Accra, Ghana, Africa
320 East Ripa Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63125, USA

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