Mission Advancement Egram | February 27, 2019
we are better together  

Dear Friends,
Sr. Rebekah Kennedy, Assistant Provincial for the California Province, explained a number of priorities at the recent meeting of the leadership teams.

Several years ago, Jack Johnson popularized the song, "We Are Better Together."   And this is in fact what the Sisters of Notre Dame are finding as plans unfold for the joining of the four provinces into one province in the United States in 2020.

The SNDs have been collaborating in a number of areas for many years.  
  • In 1989, The Notre Dame Education Association (NDEA) began as a network of Catholic schools, religious education programs and parish ministries.  This innovation has evolved into Sisters of Notre Dame Education Office
  • The California and Kentucky provinces together established the Uganda mission in 1995.  
  • Affinity groups such as vocations, spirituality, finance, health care and leadership teams have met regularly and shared expertise and collaborative ventures.
  • The SND Associates have shared resources and activities, including two national gatherings, in 2006 and 2017.  
In 2010, a grassroots proposal among the four provinces led to a movement "to embrace our shared future," with the eventual decision to form one province by 2020.  The SNDs are finding that by combining internal services, individuals and resources will be more available for mission.  Indeed, "we are better together."
Blessings always,
Sr. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D.
Director of Mission Advancement Services      
providing global guidance for new SNDs

When Sr. Kathleen Burns graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley, she never envisioned the breadth of her ministries.  She has touched many lives through faith formation and spiritual development activities, as the director of the U.S. National Novitiate and as a member of the RCIA team at St. Cornelius Parish in Long Beach.  Since 2016, Sr. Kathleen has been a member of the SND  international leadership team, with specific responsibilities for the spiritual formation of the new members of the congregation.  Follow this link for a video of her recent venture, guiding SNDs in Kenya who are preparing for their perpetual profession.  

The "Where are they now" feature of the SND Mission Advancement Egram will give updates on our colleagues and former students--anyone entrusted to our care.  We want to share how they live the SND mission by serving, leading, and giving hope within our diverse society.  To submit information for this column, please email Sarah Marcuse at smarcuse@sndca.org.  
featuring SND Vocations

Be sure to follow our SND vocations Facebook page in celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 - 14, 2019).  Watch your Facebook feed to
  • Help us honor Catholic Sisters everywhere, from wherever you are.
  • Learn more about the SNDs, how we are enlivened by a spirit of joyful simplicity and how we may be able to support you on YOUR journey. 
  • Participate in opportunities for prayer, giveaways and much more!
Our Vocations Team has planned some surprises for the whole week!  
Giving Together!

The joy of giving together is seen in the smiles of Guadalupe Benitez, Sr. Val Roxburgh, Jen Coito, Anh Pham, Sr. Regina Robbins, Blanca Duncan and Sr. Lisa Megaffin.
Approximately 45 guests gathered on Sunday, February 24 at Casa Benitez, the home of Guadalupe and Juan Benitez.  It was a reunion of former students, friends and benefactors, with opportunities to learn more about the community's mission, ministries and partnering opportunities.  Serving in 18 countries, the SNDs are financially independent and rely on benefactors to underwrite many of their ministry ventures.  A number of SNDs serve in uncompensated ministries--such as eldercare, education, social work, spiritual development and congregational leadership.  Special thanks to Guadalupe and Juan and to all of the guests for their enthusiasm for the SND mission!                                 
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  Vision & Challenge,
Winter, 2019

SND Vocations

The University Series all from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
(Follow the link for registration information.)

"Finding Your Own Resurrection:  The Paschal Mystery in Everyday Life"
by Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz
Mar. 18 at St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower
Mar. 19 at Sacred Heart Parish, Ventura

"How Should I Live Beyond the Pews" by Sr. Lisa Megaffin
Mar. 27 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Camarillo

"Is It My Will or Your Will, God" by Sr. Val Roxburgh and Jen Coito
Apr. 8 at St. Peter Claver Parish, Simi Valley 
"Sacred Illuminations 2019:  A mystical choreography of light and sound"   
by Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz
Mar. 23 at the Religious Education Congress, Anaheim Convention Center
Incorporating her newest liturgical and fine art photography and reflections, Sr. Rose Marie will lead participants to encounter the  power of the Father's love, transforming the realities of daily life.

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Special thanks to our contributors to this egram:  Sr. Kathleen Burns, Jen Coito, Tresa Gowland, Sarah Marcuse, Margaret Phillips, Sr. Val Roxburgh and Lisa Stupar