Rooted in the mission of Jesus, the SND National Education Office provides direction and support to sponsored and affiliated ministries in advancing the Educational Vision & Principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

About Us

The Sisters of Notre Dame, founded in 1850 in Coesfeld, Germany, have a rich history of service in a variety of educational ministries. Today they collaborate with lay colleagues in 18 countries on five continents, bringing the Good News and the transformative power of education to new generations.

In the United States, each of the four provinces of the Sisters of Notre Dame sponsors schools and other institutions committed to carrying on the mission of Jesus in response to the educational, spiritual, and wholistic needs of individuals and communities. The Sisters are also active in serving in a variety of ministries and value partnering with others for the transformation of individuals and society in light of the Gospel.

The SND Educational Partnership includes schools and centers sponsored by the Congregation and schools that chose to be affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame to share in and further the SND Educational Vision & Principles.

Read more for additional information about the National Education Partnership.

SND Charism

The Charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame is a deep experience of God's goodness and provident care. In religious congregations, this is the distinct spirit that directs and guides all members. In essence, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit for the sake of the Church and part of the living legacy passed down from the foundress to each sister.

Read more about the SND Charism here.

Educational Vision & Principles

Impelled by Jesus Christ and his mission and our rich educational heritage, we provide a Catholic-Christian environment of educational excellence for the transformation of individuals and society.

We form persons who are skilled and committed to journey together in hope as witnesses and catalysts for the responsible care of all God’s creation and for justice and peace, especially for those on the margins of society.

Principle One- The Centrality of a Good and Provident God

Principle Two- The Human Dignity of Each Person as an Image of God

Principle Three- The Notre Dame Educator as Gospel Witness

Principle Four- An Integrated Education for Transformation

Read more about the SND Educational Vision & Principles here.

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