Congratulations, You Voted!

By Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

Some polling places hand out I voted stickers. When I think about that I am coming to believe that every eligible voter should get a sticker. If I go to the polls and cast a ballot, I get a sticker. If I stay…

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What does it mean to respect life? It is much more than one might think!

by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

Respect for life is based on belief in the inherent dignity of every life. When we say “inherent,” we are saying that this dignity is “built in.” A person’s human dignity can never be revoked because of their mental health, economic situation, citizenship…

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You and the Synod on Synodality! More than a mouthful of words?

by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

If you find this phrase a mystery, you are not alone! Vocabulary can present an insurmountable barrier in official Catholic writing. Do not despair; this one is not that hard. We are all familiar with councils of various kinds, advisory, governing, elected, etc….

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Celebrating Sr. Celeste’s Resilience & Her Invaluable Contribution to Raising Awareness about Breast Cancer

Sr. Celeste & her famous Kolaches!

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, allow me to introduce you to the inspiring journey of Sr. Celeste Wobeter. Her story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, the power of early detection, and…

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Celebrating the Assumption of Mary, Jesus’ mother, into Heaven

by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

If you can’t think of where the Assumption of Mary is mentioned in the New Testament, you didn’t miss that lesson. It is not there. The belief that Mary was taken bodily to be with Christ at the end of her life, is…

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Juneteenth for White People

by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

This month we commemorate June 19th, the day in 1865 when the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas finally heard about the Emancipation Proclamation and learned that they could no longer be legally enslaved. As we know, this was both a glorious day and…

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Juneteenth, A Celebration of Freedom and Liberation

by Mikaela VanMoorleghem, MPA

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Juneteenth holds deep meaning as a celebration of freedom and liberation. It serves as a reminder of the resilience, strength, and enduring spirit of African…

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The Spirit Gets You, a Pentecost Reflection

by Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND

How are you doing with that Bird??

Student: Ok, Sister, I get God the Father and I’m kind of OK with Jesus, but that bird just misses me!

Me:

Many of us, I would guess, are like that student. The feast of Pentecost prompts us to…

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On Nationa Teacher Day, Sr. Anita Rolenc reflects on the awesome responsibility of preparing students to be faithful to God, responsible adults in society, and loyal to their country

Sr. Anita Rolenc always knew she wanted to be a teacher. As a toddler, she would line up her dolls and teach them. She was inspired by her mother, four aunts (two of whom were Notre Dame Sisters), and a couple of cousins who were teachers. She had…

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On National Teacher Day, Sr. Margaret Hickey reflects on her 30 years of shaping the minds of Students

As a retired teacher with almost 30 years of experience, Sr. Margaret Hickey has had the privilege of shaping the minds and hearts of countless students. She was inspired to become a teacher by her own experiences in K-12 and in college, where she had teachers who were…

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