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Two mass shootings have occurred in California in three days. The mental health of the gunmen is surely a factor, but a culture of violence and disrespect for life is too. The hardest part of the heartache is knowing there is little we can do except continue to advocate for health care and reasonable gun laws. And pray. We can indeed pray. I offer this prayer to you today.

As Program Coordinator of Songa Mbele na Masomo Children's Centre, I (Sister Mary Akinyi, SNDdeN) do my ministry in this community based centre which opened in 2009 and began operations in 2010 in the Mukuru Slum, in Nairobi City.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Marian Schaechtel, SNDdeN who passed away on January 21, 2023

Prayer for Science

January 21, 2023

Lord, you have endowed human beings with the ability to search out your laws and have given them the freedom to apply their knowledge as they choose.

Scripture from Leveticus 19:34 with a background photo of a group of people walking away in a field

In light of recent decisions by the Biden Administration blocking asylum claims, let us pray for a softening of the heart towards all fleeing violence, persecution, and poverty. Keep close to our hearts the needs of all who have no place to call home. We pray to the Lord!

It's A New Year!

January 7, 2023

Grandfather Great Spirit, all over the world the faces of living ones are alike. With tenderness they have come up out of the ground. Look upon your children that they may face the winds and walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.

The Human Trafficking prayer calendar is available through the links in both English and Spanish for January 11 through the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita on February 8. I hope you will include these short prayers in your day.

View the full videos of our Sisters answering the question, "Why did you enter religious life and why have you stayed?'

Teaching the Teachers

December 29, 2022

Sister Jacinta spent almost three years as part of the Julie Hall Community in Cincinnati while completing her bachelor’s degree in education at Xavier University, followed by a master’s degree in educational administration, also at Xavier. In addition, she studied Montessori education in hopes of establishing more child-centered, practical and activity-oriented education in Nigeria.

After thirty years of service, across the country, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers have a lot to reflect on. So much has changed over the years, but NDMV’s commitment to service of communities in need has remained a pillar of the organization. Every year NDMV members commit themselves to a year of service and are transformed by the experience.

This year, as we join with loved ones to celebrate the birth of Jesus, I invite you to watch this special 2022 Christmas video message from Sister Jo Ann Recker, SNDdeN.

adoration of the magi

The Advent and Christmas seasons share stories of the birth and infancy of Christ that are all familiar to us. It seems appropriate to share a recent aquisition of our museum: a bas relief titled Adoration of the Magi.

Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God's creation, for access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, and for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.

Wrapping Up 2022

December 15, 2022

Christmas gifts aren’t the only things being wrapped this time of year. Here at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we’re wrapping up another year of Live The Good, a program that continues to grow exponentially, thanks to you.

In your Advent prayers today, could you make space to pray for the sanctity of voting rights in Ohio. The bills you learned about last week have advanced in the state legislature. It has been referred to the Rule and Reference Committee. I’ve never even heard of this committee. My usual sources do not know what this means or if this committee has the power to push the bill to the floor for a full vote. It’s almost like they make it confusing on purpose!

On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, faculty and staff from Chaminade Julienne High School (Dayton), Mt. Notre Dame High School (Cincinnati), Badin High School (Hamilton), and The Summit (Cincinnati), along with several Sisters gathered for a day of formation, enrichment and collaboration at the Province Center of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ohio.

Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping

December 10, 2022

I hate wrapping presents. I’m just no good at it. It always looks like a 5-year-old did it. I love doing ribbons though. I have fun finding new and different ways of decorating packages. Last year I wondered if I could recycle that ribbon. This year, I decided to find out.

Hope CommUnity Center celebrates 50th year

Happy Advent to you. I hope your journey Has been a fruitful one. I’m mixing apples and oranges today. Last week’s YLBG focused on eco-spirituality. Today I read a reflection about Teilhard de Chardin which, for me, sums up eco-spirituality in 14 words: “I worship a God who can be touched, and I do indeed touch him.”

What is Eco-Spirituality?

December 3, 2022

We thank you, creator God, for the goodly heritage you offer us, from the green downland to the deep salt seas, and for the abundant world, we share with your creation.

Prayer Happy Advent to you. I have a few Advent weekly reflection pieces to offer if you are interested. Offerings from Global Sisters Report and Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns are attached as complete guides. The Franciscan Action Network will release one weekly. I enjoy the justice aspects of these resources. I have also included an offering from Kate Bowler.

We Give Thanks This Day

November 19, 2022

For the expanding grandeur of creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations: We give thanks this day.

A Matter of Justice

November 18, 2022

"I come out to my car, I sit and I pray," says Sister Donna Wisowaty. "Because people deserve better."

A simple request led Sister Marietta Fritz, SNDdeN on an unimagined journey...One day she offered a ride home to a young woman, just been released from jail. With a far-away look, the woman said, "Someone will be around," forecasting her return to the streets, to the same crimes, and to prison, Sister Marietta knew her new mission.