Mission Advancement Egram | January 27, 2017
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run with purpose on Saturday, February 4

The THIRD ANNUAL NUN RUN is just around the corner!  Event planners anticipate a large crowd and great weather.  The team with the most participants will earn a trophy and bragging rights until next year.  As of press time, here are the top 5 teams and their number of participants:  
No. 1
Italian Catholic Federation
No. 2 
USC Catholic Trojans
No. 3
West LA Walkers
No. 4 
St. Catherine of Siena School
No. 4
Thomas Aquinas College
No. 5
Hanson Family

There are also several fundraising teams still seeking donors.   Follow this link to get involved!

NEW THIS YEAR is the Community Service Fair--non-profit organizations will host booths to share information about their mission, programs and volunteer opportunities, inspiring runners and walkers to "run with purpose."

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DOOR PRIZE DRAWING!   Be sure to visit at least 10 of the booths listed above and complete the entry form for this drawing--great prizes await you!

Special thanks to these ambassadors (all SND Associates) who shared information with the neighbors:  Mary Ann Furlong, Anne Interrante, Terri Bond, Carol Brookhart, Mary Anne Hedrick and Catherine Berriz.
Proceeds from the Nun Run will benefit the SND Life & Ministry Fund, supporting sisters who give uncompensated service both locally and internationally, and programs such as Kindred Hearts Ministry, the SND Associates, CAST, South Central LAMP and vocation discernment activities.

Volunteer videographers are also needed for the event, to capture the excitement of the festivities.  Anyone available to assist is asked to contact Sr. Lisa Megaffin by email by February 2.

Questions?  Contact Anne Interrante, Associate Director of Mission Advancement by email or at 805-917-3730.  See you on February 4th!     
                                     Thank you for partnering with the Sisters of Notre Dame!
creating a culture of compassion, understanding and welcome 

Fr. Jim Stehly, pastor of St. Jude's Parish, proudly congratulates Lucia on her award.
Lucia Bianchino Bartlett from La Reina's Class of 1998 has dedicated her life to service and for this, she recently received La Reina's Distinguished Alum Award for 2016-17. A graduate of California State University, Northridge with a degree in Child Development and Psychology and an Educational Specialist Credential, she served the special needs community as a resource teacher at Willow Elementary in Agoura Hills for 10 years.  During that tenure, she started a unique religious ed program for special needs students at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Westlake Village.

Last June, Lucia felt called to give up her "career" in public education to fully engage in church work, serving both special needs children and the youth at St. Jude's.  She is now a full-time minister, as the Confirmation, Youth Ministry, Young Adult, and Special Needs Coordinator.   In a recent interview, Lucia said, "Not only are we meeting the needs of these amazing kids and their families, but we are creating a culture...of compassion and understanding that all are welcome."

Receiving the Young Adults in Ministry award from Roger Cardinal Mahony in 2000, and the Partners in Service Award from Catholic Charities in 2015, Lucia is an inspiration as she works to transform the world.
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
Message to our readers:  Catholic Schools Week '17

Dear Friends,

The week of January 29 is devoted to Catholic Schools Week, celebrating with the theme Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  As Sisters of Notre Dame of the California province, we are grateful for the many opportunities we have had to nurture the spirits, minds and hearts of thousands of students in our Catholic schools in California and Uganda over the last 92 years.  

Sr. Donna Marie Appert answers a question for one of her students at Holy Family School in Glendale.

Eagerness for class or recess?   These boys from St. Julie's Primary Boarding School in Buseesa, Uganda are just plain eager!    

We are humbled by our former students and their transformative accomplishments, sharing Gospel values with their families and friends, parishes, workplaces and charitable organizations.  We also appreciate our colleagues, our students' parents, and the volunteers and donors who have so loyally and generously invested in our mission.  To paraphrase St. Julie Billiart, our spiritual mother, "If you have the happiness of guiding people in the ways of the Gospel, you have gained more than the whole universe."   Thank you for being our partners in mission; we trust that you know this same happiness as we celebrate all of our ministries, especially our Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

Blessings always,
Sr. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D. 
Director of Mission Advancement Services
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