Sister Ndukeobong Clement working in the farm to maintain a good yield of garden produce for Theresa House.
Notre Dame Girls Senior High School in Sunyani, Ghana
Sister Esther Ayaapoa Alaam delivered a baby at Notre Dame Clinic in Nsawam, Ghana
Provincial House dedication, cutting of the cake. August 2020

Come journey with us through stories from around the Province of Africa.

My new ministry experience

January 2024 - Sister Stellamaris Syombuaa shares a reflection on her ministry after novitiate at St. Mary’s Nyabururu Girls Boarding Primary School in Kenya. Read more »

Contemplative silence as a response to violence

August 2023 - Violence is defined as “behavior involving physical force, intended to hurt, damage or kill someone or something.” It is disturbing that violence is done consciously and with a lot of intentionality, leading to disastrous consequences. Sister Lucy Waigwa shares a reflection on violence in the world around us. Read more »

Transforming hearts, minds and lives through education

June 2023 - Sister Beatrice Chepng’eno shares her experience in ministry at Notre Dame Children's Outreach, Kenya. “My life in mission is prompted by my openness to love and reach out especially to the vulnerable.” Read more »

Neighbors of a different faith

April 2023 - School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) first arrived in The Gambia, West Africa, in 1990. With a population of more than 2.2 million people, 96% are Muslim and 4% are Christian. Sister Ejura Elizabeth Michael has spent the last five years in The Gambia in full time education ministry. As a Catholic sister and educator in a predominantly Muslim country, challenges exist. Read more »

How Beautiful!

March 2023 - A book by Sister Kathleen Feeley about the history of School Sisters of Notre Dame in Africa (1970-2020). This book tells a story of miracles—one after another. "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news." Isaiah 52:7. Read More >

The joys and challenges of ministry in the health sector

February 2023 - Sister Esther Alaam reflects on her experience as a minister in the health sector, particularly as a mid-wife. She shares, "My experience working in the health sector has been a journey of learning, helping, empowering, loving, giving and receiving love and hope, connecting with women and families, challenging and fun." Read More >

Those most in need of our mercy

November 2022 - Sister Jacinta Ondeng shares a reflection on her experience in prison ministry in Nairobi, Kenya. She is motivated by her own conviction that the human person, regardless of how broken they are, still deserve God's love and mercy. Read More >

Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

September 2022 - How can you join an activity or show your support for women and girls everywhere, who are standing up and changing the climate for gender equality, contributing today for a more just socio-ecological sustainable tomorrow? Read More >

Ministry in Africa inspires fabric design artist

June 2022 - Sister Josephine Niemann, a liturgical fabric artist, shares some of her quilt and how her experience in Africa inspired their creation. Read More >

Africa becomes new home

March 2022 - School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Ann Coleman, shares her ministry journey leading her to her new home in Africa. Sister Ann is now a member of the Province of Africa. Read More >

Mission is God and without God there is no mission

March 2022 - Sister Magdalene Umoh shares a reflection on her ministry as a campus administrator and tutor at the Department of Public Health, University of Makeni, Sierra Leone. She expresses the values she has learned and how her heart has found fulfillment in what it loves to do best. Read More >

Giving My Whole Heart to God

February 2022 - Sister Carolyn Anyega shares a reflection on the meaning and experience of "giving my whole heart to God." Sister Carolyn is currently serving on the General Council for School Sisters of Notre Dame. Read More >

My Experience as a Student of Notre Dame School

November 2021 - Safiatu Ceesay, Grade 9 graduate, shares her personal experience as the Outgoing Head Girl of Notre Dame School, Soma, The Gambia. She testifies that the education she received is not only about reading and writing, but holistic and transformative. Read More >

How School Sisters of Notre Dame inspired me

September 2021 - Meet Bernadette F. Mendy, a fourth-year medical student at the University of The Gambia. Learn how the School Sisters of Notre Dame were involved in her formative years, offering encouragement and insightful advice that guided her throughout her educational career. Read More >

Hope despite Covid-19 Pandemic

December 2020 - Serving at St. Joseph’s preschool as a mentor has given Sister Ruth Nyanchama Mose an opportunity to open herself to responding to the needs of the larger Bumbuna community. Good rapport among the teachers, parents, and pupils has helped to work together for the good of all. Read More >

Trusting and daring in Africa since 1970

October 2020 - Sisters Mary (Marie Daniel) Dooley, Mara Frundt and Antoinette Naumann share their stories of becoming a School Sister of Notre Dame (SSND) and bringing SSND to a new continent, Africa. Read More >

A New Way of Ministering during Covid-19 Pandemic

September 15, 2020 - The deadly Coronavirus pandemic has accorded us the opportunity of listening to the voice of God and responding in a new way to God's continuing call (YAS, C3). At this critical time in our history, together with my sisters in community, I was able to discern a new way of being for our students, parents and teachers with whom I work. Read More >

A Home in Africa

August 28, 2020 - The popular saying, “God’s time is the best” manifested greatly as we blessed and opened our home in Africa after 50 years of SSND presence on the continent. Factual is the saying of Mother Theresa that ‘all the works of God proceed slowly and in pain but then, their roots are the sturdier of roots and their flowering the lovelier.’ The spirits of our ancestors were felt in-depth during the dedication of our Provincial House to our foundress, Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger. It was a thanksgiving of amazing grace. Read More >

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