Sturdy Roots

Living Under Communism in Europe


The congregation is like a large tree with branches that grow and are pruned, flower and offer fruit. Similar to nature sometimes branches of the congregation also die. The restructuring of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is happening throughout the world. The situation in Europe has been unique for each Unit, as the following segment documents.

As School Sisters of Notre Dame in non-communist Europe offered support to their newly freed European neighbors, the ideal of unity took on new meaning within the congregation. Their restructuring was expressed in different ways as exemplified in Romania and their decision to unite with Bavaria.

As our sisters who lived under communism taught so much by their faithful lives, so in their acceptance of “pruning” and death, they continue to witness that: “It is with a faithful God that we make our covenant of fidelity. Simultaneously we bind ourselves to the members of the community, trusting in their faithfulness to support us.” (YOU ARE SENT, # 11)
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