Sturdy Roots

A Relationship Rooted in Cosmic Hope


Who is Mary to School Sisters of Notre Dame?

Devotion to Mary has many expressions in the heritage of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Explore some of Mother Theresa Gerhardinger’s love for Mary and discover her favorite shrine, Our Lady of Bavaria, Altoetting.

Mother Caroline Friess, SSND, American foundress, shared Mother Theresa’s love for Mary. In several letters she recounts Mary’s role in her life, in the development of the congregation in North America as well as her importance in educating American children.

As the congregation expanded devotion to Mary became a mosaic of various cultures and images. Enter into this Marian Mosaic and meet Mary in her many disguises.

Mother Almeda Schricker, SSND, General Superior from 1928-1955 prayed often at the shrine of Our Lady of Birkenstein. Her dedication to Mary during World War II was heroic.

Marian images from the Munich Motherhouse and other German statues have inspired many School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The generalate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome is dedicated to Mary, Mother of the Church. Become better acquainted with this mysterious title for Mary.

Janet Mikol , SSND, shares reflections on Mary within the School Sisters of Notre Dame, looking at the Augustinian roots and the Canonesses of Notre Dame. This includes the SSND Holy Rule, You Are Sent.

In an excerpt of a video presentation entitled “What are They Saying about Mary?” Mary Maher, SSND explores contemporary research on Mary.

In her work as pastoral coordinator Marie Dolorette Farias, SSND, provides a way to deepen a love for Our Lady of Guadalupe and encourage parish lay leadership.

Sandra Spencer (formerly S. Philomena, SSND) shares a defining moment in her understanding of Mary as she listened to refugee women in Honduras , Central America .

Drawing on current discussions of Mary as the link with the Divine Feminine, Judith Best, SSND, develops a relationship between reclaiming Mary within SSND and healing Mother Earth.

Facilitator Directions are available.

Mother Theresa, SSND
Mother Caroline, SSND
Mother Almeda, SSND
German Marian Statutes
Mary, Mother of the Church
Janet Mikol
Marie Dolorette Farias, SSND
Sandra Spencer
Judith Best, SSND
Symbolism of the Vine

Marian Mosaic
Mary Maher, SSND
Images from Elm Grove
Munich Motherhouse Images

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