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As we begin Plastic Free July, I offer a prayer for water. Our waterways are clogged with plastic. It floats in our rivers and oceans. Beaches are clogged with tons of it. If, every time we used it, we thought where it might end up, maybe it will help us to commit to going plastic free.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Elaine Ballmann, SNDdeN who passed away on June 20, 2022

For the third in the series, we’ll look at #3 plastics. This plastic is called Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). It is a rigid plastic that is resistant to chemicals and weathering. It is most used for building and construction as well as tech applications, such as wires and cable. It’s also widely used in the medical field because it’s impervious to germs, easily disinfected and has single-use applications that reduce infection.

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Texas were informed of their freedom – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. For 150 years, many people have celebrated this date, known as Juneteenth, as the true end to slavery. Last year, Juneteenth was recognized and made a federal holiday. We invite you to read this message from Sister Teresita Weind, SNDdeN

A few weeks ago, I asked for suggested topics for YLBG. One suggestion was to do a series to explain the differences in plastics and what is and is not recycled. For the second in the series, we’ll look at #2 plastics. These are high-density polyethylene, or HDPE.

A few weeks ago, I asked you for suggested topics for YLBG. One suggestion was to do a series to explain the differences in plastics and what is and is not recycled. Let’s look at #1 plastics this week.

“Love brought us here. God brought us here.” A Live The Good Volunteer shared these words during reflection following our service at Mission of Mary Cooperative in Dayton.

YLBG’s is normally focused on what we can do to affect positive change for our environment. But, perhaps this week, it is appropriate to suspend that & look at what we can do to affect change in the area of gun violence. We invite you to act.

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers honored its various roots during AmeriCorps week, March 12 - 18. Service sites and NDMV staff took time to formally recognize and thank their Notre Dame AmeriCorps members for their service.

LCWR - membership of religious women continues to work towards healing, reconciliation, reparations, transformation, an end to systemic racism and justice for all. May God’s peace and comfort sustain all those whose lives are torn by racism and violence, and may our own lives give witness to the Gospel vision of love and compassion.

There is a prayer for each day of Laudato Si’ Week 2022 on this webpage. They highlight the seven groups addressed in the Holy Father’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform. I invite you to visit this page each day next week and join in this global prayer effort.

This week, May 1—7 is International Compost Awareness Week. My first thought is, “well there is an awareness week for everything.” We may laugh a little at these things, but, in actuality, they do serve a purpose.

This April a wonderful gathering of students, teachers, engineers, associates and Sisters met in the Clean Water for Life Project Learning Lab at Mount Notre Dame in Cincinnati. Lou Casey, the SNDdeN African Photovoltaic Project Engineer from Liverpool, England, showed pictures of the installations in Africa and of upgrades to the equipment and shared the impact they are having on the Sisters and the people they serve.

Prayer of the Woods: I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts, quenching your thirst as you journey on.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Adopt-a-Sister Program, which in years past teamed up 25 to 30 Sisters with approximately 100 students from Cincinnati's all-girl Mount Notre Dame High School, has been paused because of the ongoing pandemic.

As we head into Earth Day weekend, I'd like to update you with the progress we have reached so far in the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform.

Prayer. Service. Community. These are the hallmarks of Live The Good. Prayer returns us to the present moment, away from the never-ending stream of thoughts that often fly through our heads like runaway trains. It quiets our hearts and turns our attention to the faithfulness and goodness of God.

Earth Day should be EVERY DAY. This is our only planet. We are the ones who need to care for it.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Learning Lab in Cincinnati is moving into Phase Two of its mission to assist in the provision of electricity and clean water to the Sisters’ Africa missions, schools and hospitals while building the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills (STEM skills) of students in the United States.

It is the Franciscan tradition to care for creation because it is creation that cares for us. It’s a mindset of both Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi. In recognition of both of these Francis', I invite you to pray St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun (at right) as we strive to make clean water a reality for all.

Sisters get along. They work in the trenches, they discern, they discuss, they find what Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Joan Burke calls "a common mind." It's true in Cincinnati, in Africa, in Latin America. And it's true at the United Nations, where Sister Joan, twenty years ago, became the Sisters' first non-governmental organization (NGO) representative, serving eight years in an advisory role to the world body's Economic and Social Council.

The most significant project that is taking place at Pelende, Democratic Republic of Congo is the refurbishment of the water system.

It’s spring! I thought we could continue our spring thinking. Last week we talked about avoiding bee killing pesticides. I wanted to add another thought to help you save our pollinators.

From the Global Sisters Report: The coronavirus pandemic brought about a near-instant change to the use of videoconferencing to conduct business heretofore done in person. As a result, the word Zoom, with an uppercase "Z," has become both a noun and a verb. But after two years of the pandemic, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur developed yet another imaginative use of Zoom. The congregation conducted its leadership transition process entirely via Zoom.