Mission Advancement Egram | June 26, 2019
gathering in Columbus, Ohio!

Dear Friends,

As we have shared in previous egrams, the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States are preparing for a significant moment in congregational history in July, 2020 when the four provinces will be united into one province.

From July 9 through July 12 this year, approximately 350 SNDs will meet in Columbus, Ohio in preparation for this unification.  This gathering will:
  • Review SND*USA in relationship to religious life in the United States, in the universal Church and in society
  • Explore the needed leadership and corresponding membership traits and responsibilities needed for the new province
  • Continue the ongoing discernment for the inaugural Provincial Superior.
On July 4, we remember the 145th anniversary of the arrival of the first SNDs from Germany.  Since those first pioneers came, we have been graced by the prayers, encouragement and support of hundreds of thousands of individuals.  Please join in our prayer for wisdom and fortitude as we respond to this ever-new call of God--a call to incarnate and radiate God's love to all people.

Blessings always,
Sr. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D.
Director of Mission Advancement Services      
entering a new vocation

Saturday, June 8 marked the ordination of George Mora to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   George and his wife, Tricia, are SND Associates and members of St. Cornelius Parish in Long Beach.  Their various ministries include facilitating RCIA, working with families of the incarcerated, and serving as community advocates for the homeless.  George works in finance at Home Depot and Tricia is on the parish staff at St. Joseph in Long Beach.  In the photo above, Sr. Paulynne Tubick offers her congratulations to George after the ceremony.  For information about becoming an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame, please contact info@sndca.org
honoring the next generation of SND witnesses

Special congratulations to the young men and women who recently received the Notre Dame Distinguished Graduate Award.   This award, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame National Education Office, recognizes students from SND sponsored or affiliated schools who: 
  • Value their relationship with God and strive to live the Gospel 
  • Have worked to their ability and challenged themselves academically 
  • Express God's goodness and provident care for all through service and outreach

Alyssa Hurd La Reina High School Thousand Oaks
Isis Doss-Wassily Notre Dame Academy Los Angeles
Derek Harrison Notre Dame Academy Elementary Los Angeles
Hanna Kurgan Our Lady of the Assumption Ventura
Antonio Batres  St. Helen South Gate
Samantha Soto St. Helen  South Gate
Cole Abbott St. Jude the Apostle Westlake Village
Mia Gabbey St. Jude the Apostle Westlake Village
Kalia Narcisco St. Mary Magdalen Camarillo
Laneya Guzman St. Pius - St. Matthias Academy Downey

Follow this link to learn more about the Notre Dame National Education Office.  
inspired by the true grit of the Sisters of Notre Dame

Melodie Camp Santana (on the left) is shown with
St. Matthias classmates Kathy Hamrock and Sr. Rebekah Kennedy.

"The Sisters of Notre Dame gave me a foundation for prayer, spirituality and perseverance that has carried over into my adult life. They were the epitome of 'true grit.' They would face each day with a positive attitude and with the hope that things would work out for the best." 


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.  

thanks to our donors!

The SNDs in Uganda, California and Kentucky wish to thank the donors who have already responded to the appeal in the April egram for funding for a PUMP WATER SYSTEM.  To date, more than $ 25,000 has been donated and/or pledged, including
$ 3,300 from Holy Trinity School in San Pedro. We have also applied to several foundations for grants.  

Follow this link for more information about this all-important campaign!
To donate online, please select Uganda and indicate PUMP WATER SYSTEM in the notes.  For further information, contact  Sr. Lisa Megaffin . 

And thank you for your personal sacrifices which will transform lives!  
Events and Quick Links  

July 13, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Center | Thousand Oaks, California
For more information and to register, email Sr. Valerie Marie Roxburgh

 - "Vocation:  What is it?  Do I have one?  Now what?"
July 23, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Monica Catholic Church | Santa Monica, California
Sr. Jenny Zimmerman


July 27-28
St. Ann Parish | San Antonio, Texas
Sr. M. Paulynne Tubick

July 28
St. Rita of Cascia Parish | Chicago, Illinois
Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski

July 27-28
Queen of Apostles Parish | San Jose, California
Sr. M. Lisa Megaffin

For information about other coming events,  follow this link to the calendar of events. 
Vision & Challenge 
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Special thanks to our contributors to this egram:   Jen Coito, Audrey Hamamoto, Sarah Marcuse, Sr. Valerie Marie Roxburgh and Lisa Stupar