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VOL. XXIV NO. 3 SPRING 2018

California Sisters and Associates visit the gravesite of our foundress Sr. Mary Aloysia Wolbring and the early Sisters of Notre Dame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Read more on page 3. A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

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A Message from the Provincial Dear Friends,

VOL. XXIV NO. 3 SPRING 2018 Vision & Challenge is published three times annually by the Sisters of Notre Dame, California Province. SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME Founded by Hilligonde Wolbring in Coesfeld, Germany in 1850, the Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of women religious who serve the church in 18 countries. The Sisters of Notre Dame have ministered in California for more than 92 years, bringing hope to humankind through education, faith formation, spiritual development, pastoral ministry, health care, social outreach ministries and missionary service. For more information, visit www.sndca.org. VISION & CHALLENGE TEAM Provincial Superior: Sr. M. Anncarla Costello, S.N.D. Director of Mission Advancement Services: Sr. M. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D. Communications Manager: Sarah Marcuse Contributors and advisers for this edition: Guadalupe Benitez, Jen Coito, Sr. Marie Paul Grech, Deacon Joe Hamamoto, Jodee McElfresh, Sr. Mary Dean Phaler, Jamie Ponchak, Jenny Ocegueda- Reynosa, Sr. Regina Robbins, Sr. M. Joan Schlotfeldt, Lisa Stupar, Sr. Mary Colette Theobald Updates: Please contact the Mission Advancement Office for the name and/or address corrections at info@sndca.org or 1776 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Please accept our apologies for any misspellings or omissions. PRINTING Vision & Challenge is printed locally by Custom Printing in Oxnard, California. Please remember to recycle your copy after reading.

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VISION & CHALLENGE | SPRING 2018

As we celebrate the reminders of new life with the coming of spring and Easter, we focus this edition of Vision and Challenge on Faith in Action. We invite you to remember and share in some of the experiences we have had together. Last fall Sisters and Associates from the four American provinces met in Chardon, Ohio, to celebrate our unity within the Notre Dame charism family. All who attended the weekend were rejuvenated and excited to share the essence of the SND mission, Faith in Action, with their families, friends, colleagues and communities. February marked the fourth annual Nun Run held on the campus of La Reina High School & Middle School. The Sisters of Notre Dame offer special thanks to several generous donors who underwrote the registration fees for 150 deserving children. Enjoy the photos and feel the spirit of the day! Also in February, St. Julie Model Primary Boarding School in Buseesa, Uganda, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its opening! We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our missionary SNDs, donors and friends. Their Faith in Action has given incredible spiritual and educational opportunities to the children of this very poor, rural area. We are delighted to share that another phase of our dream for the mission is becoming a reality. The A-level school currently being built is the final step for a comprehensive education for young women before moving on to university. We are filled with gratitude to our good God and great pride to see Notre Dame solidly planted in Ugandan soil. Thank you for your Faith in Action--your prayers, encouragement and financial resources make a difference both locally and around the world. The impact report (contained on pages 4 and 5) showcases the diverse ways that the SND presence reflects God’s goodness and provident care. Enjoy the impact report‌ and find yourselves in it! With prayerful best wishes during this season of Easter and new life,

Sr. M. Anncarla Costello, S.N.D.


National Associate Gathering: Promoting Faith in Action Last October nearly 200 SNDs, and SND Associates gathered for the National Associate Gathering in Chardon, Ohio. Associates have a significant role within the SND community participating in the mission and spirit of the congregation. Associates are Catholics who wish to further their relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame as they share in the SND charism of deep faith and confidence in God’s goodness and provident care. Since the inception of the Associate program in 2000, California’s Associates range in age from their mid-thirties to their mid-eighties and live in California, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Texas, and Maryland. A total of 24 California Province Associates and 6 SNDs attended the National Associate Gathering. Sr. M. Kristin Battles, Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and a member of the California province gave the keynote address, highlighting the importance of a shared mission and ministry. She emphasized the many practical ways in which one may live out the essence of the SND spirit. Following Sr. Kristin’s introduction to fellow participants, the heart was set for the weekend’s theme: “Remember, Celebrate and Believe.” The theme was woven through prayer, talks, table conversations, and sharing of personal reflection. Participants remembered the historical significance of Sr. Mary Aloysia Wolbring’s life and original vision as co-foundress of the SND order. Members celebrated together rejoicing in the Associates’ universal call to live out the SND spirit and mission in their families, parishes, workplaces and other communities. Lastly, accepting the invitation to believe Associates recommitted themselves to

Engaged in table conversation are: Joan Fisher, Fr. Chris Vasko (Toledo), Sr. Kristin Battles, Tisna Tjahjana

put their faith into action through service, compassion, and prayer. The theme and the various activities created an environment of unity and inspiration as the attendees committed themselves to mutual support on their journey of faith. Deacon Joe Hamamoto of St. Deacon Joe Hamamoto assists Cornelius Parish in Long Beach at Mass. recalled the event saying, “We had a delightful time. We were so grateful we had the opportunity to meet more sisters and the awesome groups of Associates from other States. The program was well orchestrated and gave us a deeper understanding of Notre Dame history, but it also made us yearn for more. I had the special privilege of celebrating Mass with Cleveland Bishop Emeritus Roger Gries, O.S.B.” Fellow Associate Jenny Ocegueda-Reynosa, Associate Coordinator of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles expressed her sentiments for the event, remarking, “I was very impressed by all of the presentations and the community. I was very grateful for this opportunity, and for the wonderful insights I was able to obtain through this experience.” Special thanks to Arnie Lara of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Santa Paula who served as California’s representative on the event steering committee and to Mary Ann Furlong of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Westlake Village who coordinated the design and production of the distinctive event spirit- wear.

Sherry Reynolds reports her group’s perspectives to all attendees. A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME 3 A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME 3


Annual Impact Report

How have the Sisters of Notre Dame impacted your life? In wondering about this question, the mission advancement staff surveyed our partners. This collage of words and phrases showcases the diverse ways the SND presence reflects God’s goodness and provident care.

Faith Joyful

EDUC ATIO N

Strength

Local & Global SEL FL ESS

EMPOW E R ING

Dynamic

T R A N S F ORMAT I VE E D U C AT I ON

Compassion PROVIDENT GOD L E G A C Y

Serving

Prayerful L OV E

HUMAN NEEDS

The SND spirit is infectious with Sr. M. Karlynn Werth, Sr. M. Joyanne Sullivan, Sr. Shirley Marie McGovern, and Sr. Louise Marie Hlavac.

D IV ERSIF IE D

Beacons of Christ

TO Dedication GIVING THE WORLD

Courageous

NURTURING L EA DE R SHIP

Radical Discipleship 4

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Deacon Joe and Audrey Hamomoto (top left) and Sr. Regina Robbins (center) welcome new Associate candidates Juan and Guadalupe Benitez.

S OC I A L JU S TI C E

CH R I S T- C E NTE R E D

TRADITION

Community Leaders

Outreach

Personable

DEEPLY SPIRITUAL & FUN LOVING


Far-reaching PEOP LE LOVING COMMUNITY Warm & Welcoming THEY HELPED MAKE THE WOMAN THAT MY DAUGHTER IS TODAY.

Advocates

It’s snack time with Sr. M. Rosaria Parks at Notre Dame Learning Center Preschool.

Vital

WOND E R FUL ROLE MO D E L S

SENSITIVE

Simple Lifestyle D E E P LY SP I R I TU A L

S OC IAL C HAMP ION S

Innovative

INTEGRITY

SP IRIT U AL H EALERS Friends

HOSPITALITY

CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH

Voice for the Voiceless

INCLUSIVE

Community Needs

O RG A N I Z E D

Participants at the National Associate Gathering reflected on their personal commitment to live the Associate covenant and wrote their responses on a sunflower petal. Jenny Ocegueda-Reynosa attaches her petal to one of the sunflowers.

Traditional where it counts Diversified

SUPPORTS WOMEN

R OL E MOD E LS FOR Y OU T H

R E SP O NSI V E T O T H E N E E DS OF AN E V E R- C H A NG I NG WO RL D

Women of prayer

High School

S E RV I N G T H E MARGINALIZED

Dedication to children and those in need The Sisters are warm, loving women, and they are focused and unwavering in their dedication to their faith and to serving those in need. A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

The Sisters of Notre Dame of the California province are profoundly grateful to our many friends who made financial contributions between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, including those who wish to remain anonymous.

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911 BioCare • Abbracciare • Siham Abu-Khalil • Active Spine & Sports Care • Helene Acton • Susan Adamich • Carole & Alan Adams • Janell & David Adams • Georgina Aguilar-Ventura • Eric Aguirre • Melissa Aguirre • Milete Alcabao • Lorna Alcaraz • Blanche & Ignacio Alessandrino • Audrey Alex • Adele Alexander • Virginia Allender • Caroline Alley • Linda & Roger Anderson • Grace Ray Anderson • Lisa & Frank Ange • Anonymous Donors • Rose Marie & Inocentes Arancon • Denise Arend • Mary Arndt • Thomas & Mary Ann Arnerich • Sharon Arnett • Ronald Aseoche • Madeline Ashley • Cecelia & Jeffrey Assaf • Mary Athan • Marilyn Ausen • Kathleen & Ronald Auth • Carol & Thomas Bader • Carmen Baltierra • Lenore & Carl Bansbach-Virzi • Jo Ann & Thomas Barclay • Regiens Barker • Karen & Thomas Barnes • Katherine Barriciello • Cintya Barron • Barbara & Edward Barry • Wini & Philip Barry • Janice Bass • Virginia Bates • Helene Claire Battles • William Battles • Mary Baur • Bay Alarm • Russell Beasley • Dr. Carol Beatty • Catherine & David Beatty • Mary Anne & Richard Beck • Patricia Beckerman • Robert Beingessner • Catherine Belisario • Barbara Bellfield • Joann & Stan Benson • John Benvegnu • Isabella & Peter Benze • Jeannie Berns • Jessica & Normand Bessette • Elda & Douglas Bielanski • Kristen Blachley • Annette & Joe Blaine • Joyce & Albert Blandin • Anne & Richard Blankenship • Veronica Blas • Geraldine & Richard Bloomgren • Michele Bloomgren • Laurin Boadt • Dr. Robert Bobic • Janice & Stephen Boggs • Virginia & Gilbert Bojorquez • Wanda & Blake Bolt • Theresa Bond • Virginia & Peter Botsford • Eugenie & Patrick Bowler • Dr. Francine Bradley • Annette Bradley • Catherine Brady • Michelle & John Brady • Eileen & Bert Braig • Ghislaine Brassine • Jacqueline Brewer • Michele & Raymond Bries • Julie Brooke • Carol & Marshall Brookhart • Archie & Jean Brown • Victoria Brown • Kasey Brown • Anne Brunasso • Barbara Brunasso • Vincent Brunasso • Anne Bryant • Czarina Buckingham • Debra Buckingham • Razel Buckner • Maria Buckowski • Grace Burchett • Jeffery Burgh • Carmela Burke • Mirta & Paul Burns • Stephen Burns • Mary Burton • Susan & Jay Butterfield • Cheryl & Patrick Cable • Marie & Peter Callari • Kim Camacho • Jan & James Campanile • Haydee Campos • Kathleen Canfield • Shirley Capata • Judith & Milan Caratan • Linda & Joseph Caravana • Rev. Michael Carcerano • Elizabeth & James Carlin • Ramona & Victor Carreon • Rita Carroll • Julie Casonhua • Susan Cass • Terry Cassese • Murielle Castillo • Mary & Richard Cathcart • Mary Joyce & Deacon Jerry Cellner • Daniel Centurioni • Roland Chabot • Grace Chacon • Maria Chan • Hanora Chang • William Chavez • Theresa & Daniel Chavez • Margaret Chen • Marcia & Bernard Chin • David Cho • Margaret Christensen • Lorna & Clifford Christensen • Sandra & Robert Christian • Juls Christian • Jackie & Bob Churner • Laura Cifuentes • Grace Cihanowyz • Donna Cipriani • Rosemary Claire • Susan Clarke • Cecilia & Matthew Clarke • Susan & John Clay • Nancy Clements • Olivia Close • Coasthills Community Foundation • Renee Coca • Eleanor & Ronald Code • Cecilia & David Coe • Sally Cogdill • Dean & Linda Coldiron • Kristi & Bruce Colell • Anita & Victor Colello • Helen Collins • Pamela Collins • Madeline & Aurelio Coluzzi • Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters• Martha & John Conti • Leisa Contreras • Marsha & Joseph Conwill • Nancy Coonis • Carol & Gene Cooper • Margi Cosgrove • Lupe & James Costello • Irene & Ignacio Cota • Elaine Huang & Michael Cotter • Lee Cotugno • Sandy & Robert Coultas • Jeannine Covault • Catherine Crear • Sandhya & David Crossley • Edmelyn Cruz • Julianne Cuellar • Helen & Richard Cunningham • Joann & Pat Cunningham • Karen & Gary Curtin • Nasser & David Dabour • Elizabeth & William Damianakes • Laura Darling • Michelle & Pierre Dauphin • Elaine & John Davis • Anne & Frank De Angelis • Martha & Richard De Blois • Betsy & Viktor Decyk • Anne & Michael Deddens • Mary Lin & Justin Dedeaux • Noelle & John Deinken • Rachel & Nemesio Del Rosario • June Del Rosario • Rebecca & Severino DeLa Rosa • Tristan Delaney • Carmen & Edward Delgado • Marianne & Frank Dempsey • Ofelia DeSantiago • Suzanne DeVaney • Roseanne & Concezio Di Gregorio • Barbara & Michael Di Tolla • Sergio Diaz • Kim DiLallo • Janiece & Richard Distin • Janet & Neal Dixon • Sharon & Charles Dobeck • Elaine & Wayne Dodge • Pamela & Ron Dohmeyer • Mary & Joseph Dohn • Margaret Domercq • Nicholas Dominguez • Francis Dominic • Marion Dougherty • Erica Dowd • Beth Downing • Marianne & Joseph Doyle • Mary Therese Doyle • Kathryn & Patrick Doyle • Thomas Dragotto • Silvia & Kevin Dretzka • Marge Driscoll • Helen Drislane • Sue Drisner • Colleen Duerr • Carol & Patrick Duffy • Elma Duke • Edna & Peter Dumaual • Margaret Dunn • Jean Dunvan • Pamela Duty • Sandra Elias • Mary Jo & Ronald Elkins • Beth

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Our 4th Annual Nun Run included people of all ages and abilities. Sr. Dwina Marie Towle was among the 60 participants over the age of 70.


& Michael Ellis • Katherine Ellis • EMCOR Service Mesa Energy Systems, Inc. • Lydia & Chris Emnace • Rita & Kirk Engel • Peggy & Carlos Enriquez • Enterprise Fleet Management • Patricia Erb & Brent Burley • Rosemary & John Erlinger • Jean & Weldon Erwin • Patrice & Joseph Esseff • Mary & Arthur Felix • Connie & Juan Felix • Linda Fernando • Dr. Linden Fernando • Sarah Fierro • Joan & Charles Fieweger • Barbara & Erick Fischer • Janette Fischer • Joan & Daniel Fisher • Aura Fletes • Ivonne & Daniel Flores • Rebecca Flores • Anne & Jeremiah Foley • Martha & James Ford • Marlene Forthun • Jim Fortuna • Claire Foster • Sandra Foulkes • Patricia & Kenneth Free • Mary & Michael Friedrich • Jean A. Fries • Kelly & Thomas Fritsch • Kathleen & Mark Frystak • FSC Foundation, Inc. • Lorene & Raymond Fuess • Lupe Fujita • Joan Funk • Dorothy & Edmond Furey, Jr. • Mary Ann & Gerald Furlong • Sandra & Jose Gaitan • William & Carol Gallagher • Theresa & Michael Gallagher • Debra Gallagher • Christine & Siegfried Galonska • Joan & Epigmenio Galvan • Marylou Galvan • Paul Gamba • Eileen & Martin Garcia • Kathleen & Lawrence Garcia • Elizabeth & Demetrio Garcia • Valerie Gasio & Mark Kiefer • Tina & Deacon Donald Gath • Julie & Jesse Gavia • Teresa & Robert Geraldez • Robert Geweniger • Eileen & James Gibbs • Mary Louise Giglio • JoAnn & Arthur Gilbert • Ann and Kenneth Gilbert • Phyllis & James Gillespie • Almadean & Patrick Gillespie • Hermila Ginsburg • Margaret & John Given • Donna & Edward Gladbach • Diane & Robert Glas • Kathy Glasmeier • Margaret & Donald Glynn • Kathy & Stephen Godfrey • Jean Goebel • Jo Ann Goff • Nancy & Michael Gonzales • Goodman Clinic of Chiropractic • Julia & Michael Goodus • Lynette Gordon • Ania Gordon • Carolyn Gornick • Rachel & Howard Gottlieb • Catherine Graenicher • Maureen & Michael Granaroli • Renee & Marshall Graves • Lucie & Renald Gregoire • Mrs. & Mr. Griffin • Susan Griffith • Mary & Robert Griley • Flo Guerra • Frank Gurnee • Lynn & Arthur Hall • Patricia & John Halliday • Pickens & Ronald Halt • Audrey & Joseph Hamamoto • John Hamers • Shirley & Bruce Hamilton • Michael Hanson • Janet Hansted • Belinda & Duncan Harding • Lois & Milton Harrion • Mary & Richard Harris • Theresa Hausser • Agnes & Richard Havard • Arlene & Richard Havel • Mattia & Thomas Healy • Patricia & Kevin Hearst • Mary Anne Hedrick • Priscilla Hein • E. Mary Hekhuis • Marcia & Thomas Hellmuth • Kimiki Heng • Mike Henschel • Rev. Msgr. Joseph Hernandez • Maria & Ruben Hernandez • Leticia Hernandez • Judy & John Hernandez • Gabriel Hernandez • Marilyn & Max Herstein • Roseann Hetherington • Matthew Hickerson • Claire & John Hickey • Georgianna Higson • Denise Hinojosa • Br. Paul Hol • Stefanie & Gregory Holcomb • Walter Hollenstein • Geraldine & Robert Hollingshead • Holy Cross Youth Ministry • Peter

Case worker Jessica Geiman and Sr. Jan Marie Villalobos are in ministry at the DCCH Center for Children and Families in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.

Special thanks to these dioceses and parishioners who responded generously to the mission appeals presented by SNDs from the California province in 2017. Their support will touch the lives of many children and adults in Uganda and other areas of East Africa. Diocese of Brooklyn, New York Immaculate Conception Parish, Astoria Transfiguration Parish, Brooklyn Divine Mercy Parish, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California Holy Spirit Parish, Los Angeles St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Reseda St. Patrick Parish, North Hollywood San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura Santa Ynez Mission, Santa Ynez Diocese of Orange, California St. Thomas Moore Parish, Irvine Diocese of Sacramento, California Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Fairfield

Horan • Beverly & Kenneth Horn • Lisa & Darin Hornbaker • Joan Horne • Madalyn Horton • John Horvath • Sheila & James Houde-Eickhoff • Eleanor Howells • Huanca Family • Lori Hubbard • Peggy Hubbard • Joachim & Robert Huber • Christine & Thomas Hudson • Martha & Joseph Huggins • Diane Hunn • Teresa & Timothy Huston • Marie Hutchinson • Jay Hutchison • Anne & Richard Interrante • Josephine Ioffrida • Anne Ivic • Regina Janosky • Patricia Jarnagin • Katharina & Frank Jarvis • Colleen Jennings • Patricia & Veronica Jimenez • Sharon & Paul Joelson • Robert Johnson • Annetta Johnson • Lara Johnson • Sally & Carl Jones • Susan & Vincent Jones • Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Jones • Maria & Raymond Jones • Linda & A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

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Stephen Jones • Linda & William Jones • Bridget & Daniel Jordan • Marilyn Jorgensen • Socorro Juarez • Juice It Up • Dennis Jurcak • Catherine & William Kaiser • Kathryn Kassar • Isabella Kateles • Amy & Nicolas Kearin • Ingrid & Edward Kelly • Sam Kelly • Heidi & Bruce Kelly • Grace & Gary Kennedy • Pat Kennedy • Diana Kennedy & Spencer MacNeil • Ann & Daniel Kenney • Kristene & Michael Kenney • Robert Kerslake • Maria Kibbe • Patsy & James Kiesner • Margaret King • Terrence Kinsella • Judith & William Klenk • Sandra & Elmer Klingshirn • Knights of Columbus Council #8397 • Knights of Columbus Council #2498 • Knights of Columbus Council #5272 • Knights of Columbus Council #5803 • Knights of Columbus Council #8072 • Knights of Columbus Council #9969• Robyn & Michael Knoell • Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Kobal • Laura Koehl • Nancy Kofranek • Lisa & Jeffrey Koval • Frederick Kovar • Patricia & Raymond Krakowski • Alison & James Krebs • Edward Kreins • Barbara Kringle • Lynn & Edward Krol • Paula & Deacon John Kruer • Thomas Krupa • Krycer, Ervin, Taubman, & Kaminsky • Joseph Krzewinski • Nancy & Robert LaBelle • Denise LaChance • Ellen & James Lafrieda • Norma & John Lahickey • La Reina High School & Middle School • Cathy & James Latty • LaVonne Laughlin • Maria Laureola • Marylou Laureola • Christine & David Lavendier • Debra & Scott Lawry • Dorothy & John Lawson • Catherine Lazaran-McKee • Patricia & Robert Leamy • Reiko & Melvin Le’Beauf • Margaret LeDuff • Mary & James Lee • Lucia Lee • Kathleen & James Lee • Sara Leehey • Anne & Rod LeGate • Leslie & John Lenko • Sharon and Michael Ley • Patricia Libby • Phyllis & Richard Lieb • Joanna & Hugo Lima • Patricia & Dennis Limkemann • Kim & Mark Lindaman • Jean Linn • Patricia & Michael Livingston • Lindy Lizenbery • Lloyd’s Plumbing, Inc. • Brigitte Lockner • Lois & Peter Lofy • Elizabeth & Joseph Loll • Candace Long • Shelley Long • Jeannette & Dennis Longwill • Tam & Greg Lontok • Mabel Shen & Robert Loo • Adriana & Ruben Lopez • Sally & Patrick Lopker • Carolyn & Curtis Lorenz • Maryanne Lovell • Andrea & Kevin Lunde • Lisa Lutz • Kris Lynch • Gail MacDonald • Kathleen & Drew Madrigal • Christine & Stephen Maguin • Gloria & William Maguire • Connie Maguire • Linda & Robert Maguire • Nancy Mahoney • Madonna Mainzer • Making Change • Kathleen & Gary Mallaley • Donna & John Mani • Deacon Joseph Manion • Joanne & Edward Marek • Diana Margala • Barbara & Felix Masci • Lynn & Michael

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Masterson • Dolores Mattern • Miriam & John Matulich • Nancy May • Anna & Kevin Mc Verry • Mary & Samuel McCarthy • Rita McClellan • Rev. Kevin McCracken, CM • Gloria & Donald McDermott • Patricia & Robert McDonald • Maurice McGuire • Frank McHugh • Florence & Thomas McInally • Monica & Richard McKay • Richard Mckenzie • Lucy McKnight • Joy & Robert McMaster • Vicki & Kevin McNamara • Frances McNamee • Mary & William McTomney • Mary Jane & Arthur Meconi • Cereza Medeiros-Cook • Mary & Peter Medina • Yolanda & Deacon Richard Medina • Anne & Michael Megowan • Margaret & Daniel Meland • Frank Melia • Jane Meros • Renee & James Meskauskas • Cheryl Metoyer • Rosemary & Ronald Meyer • Elizabeth Mian • Elizabeth & Kim Middleton • Joseph Miles • Cathleen & Mark Miller • Marc Milnes • Michele Miranda • Rosanna & Salvatore Mistretti • Ardi & Risjar Moeis • Pat Monaco • Marion Mongan • Karen & Paul Montagna • Barbara Moody • Raymond Moon • Marjorie & David Moony • Dana Mora • Antonio Morales • Maureen Morehouse • Margaret & Robert Morgan • Fran Morley • Denise & Christopher Morris • Yvette & Richard Moss • Karen & Victor Moy • Maria Munoz • Kathryn & Daniel Murphy • Chris Murphy • Jeanne & Laurence Murray • Susan & Brian Murrieta • Christine Mutell • Cynthia & Kenneth Muther • Dennis Nash • John Nasra • Rae & Michael Nastacio • Sylvia & Michael Neal • Rosemary & Curtis Nemchak • Sylvia Nevarez • Margarita & Oscar Nevarez • Theresa Nguyen • Lily & Luke Niederpruen • Erin & Therese Norris • Charles Northcross • Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles • Nutrishop • Patricia & Terry Nystrom • Elizabeth & Joseph O’Brien • John O’Brien • Luz & John O’Connor • O’Connor Electric, Inc. • Edith & John Ohorodnyk • Mary Beth & Richard Ols • Omega Rehab & Sport • Nena & Kalu Onwuka • Jean & Joseph Ornelaz • Robert Ornelaz • Margaret Ornelaz • Nadina Ortega • Paul Ouellette • Barbara & Terry Ower • Maximilian Paetzold • Lilliam Paetzold-Costanzo • Eloisa Paguia • Thomas Panno • Christina & George Pantoja • Roger Papet • Martha & Robert Parke • Patricia & Kenneth Parker • Felicia Parks • Janet Parrone • Therese & Thomas Pasadyn • Mary Rose Pasic • Bernardine Pasino • Carol Patnaud • Judy & Tim Paulson • Sandra & Thomas Pavick • Monica & John Pawlak • Elizabeth Pelletier • Richard Perez • Consuelo & Sergio Perez • Joanne Perkins • Douglas Perry • Bernadette Perry • Mary & Paul Peters • Sheri & Nick Petrisca • Mary Joy & Jerry Petry • Kathleen Pilloni • Judy & James Pingel • Valinda Pintauro • Antoinette Podesto • Christine & Michael Pohlen • Betsy & Chuck Potts • Peter Prado • Linda & Harry Preston • Patricia & Robert Prieve • Janet & Harold Prukop • Mary Inez Quevedo • Quigley and Miron • Janet & Lawrence Quilici • Claudia Quintanilla • Rita & Gerald Raffee • Irma Rahardja • Coretta Ramey • Nancy & Gordon Randolph • Dolores & Robert Rau Jeanine & Ronald Redell • Rosemary & Joseph Redmond • Sharon & Jack Redmond • Maureen Reeve • Rose & Marek Relich • Adele Rennie • Retirement Fund for Religious • Debra Reublin • Mary Alice & Michael Reyburn • Josephine Reyes •

Notre Dame Learning Center Preschool Teacher Erika Heckler joined the SNDs at the Freedom Walk which promoted awareness of human trafficking.


Vicki & John Rezzo • Mary & Donald Ricci • Therese & Steven Rice • Jason Rice • Regina Mc Shane & Vincent Ridge • Karen & Randall Rigney • Pamela Riley • Caren & Richard Rios • Leticia & William Ritter • Liliana Rivas • Margie & Frank Rivoli • Roadrunner Sports • Jill Robertson • Nancy Huerta & Salvador Rodriguez • Anne Rog • Yolanda & Thomas Rogers • Sheryl & Patrick Rogers • Vanessa Romano • Helen Ronan • Colette & Keith Rosenkranz • Rosenthal Chiropractic & Health • Barbara & Francis Roth • Geri & Peter Rotter • Michelle Rubi • Ida Rubin • Dale Rubino • Marti Ruble • Revelacion Ruiz • Patricia & Raymond Rumble • Mary Jean & Robert Rumer • Teresa Runyon • Daniel Rushing • Florita & Richard Ruskin • Angelica Russi • Laurel & Wally Rutledge • Stacie Ryan • Carl Sain • Teresita & Tony Sales • Juana Samayoa • Christina Samii • Barbara & Jose Sanchez • Carolyn & Gary Sanchez • Janis & Robert Sanchez • Billy Marie Sanders • Tyler Sanders • Karla Sandoval • Santa Clara Elementary School • Melodie &

“May you each experience the prayerful gratitude of each Sister of Notre Dame and Gods abundant blessings for your personal sacrifice” Alex Santana • Claudia Santos • Alice & Robert Sapien • Michael Sapien • Cynthia & Douglas Sassen • Patricia & Jeffrey Sauser • Anna Sawa • Victoria & William Sawtelle • Maureen & James Scanlon • Denise & Kenneth Schaffer • Nancy Scheffert • Alice & Robert Scheiperpeter • Maria & David Schinderle • Lynne & Thomas Schlarbaum • Marianne & Jeffrey Schlarbaum • Darlene & Wilfred Schmoll • Kathryn Schrillo • Rick Schroeder • Edna & Paul Schumacher • Barbara & Richard Schumacher • Rose Lee Schumacher • Butch Schuman • Daniel Schwala • Mary Ann & John Schweppe • Ann & Thomas Sciortino • Anne & Michael Scioscia • Marion Scott • Gloria Scott • Linda Scuderi • Serra International • Veronica Sese • Vivien & Robert Shea • Patricia & John Sheehan • Deborah & Francis Shelley • Theresa Sherrin • Louise Sherwood • Agnes Shtogren • Jerry Silverman • Claire Simmons • Patricia & Joseph Simmons • Dorothy Sinclair • Kim Slagle • Nicholas Smith • Ruth & Daryl Smith • Deirdre & David Smith • Patricia Smith • Joan & Samuel Smock • SOAR • Sobrino’s Termite & Pest Control • Della & Gino Spinelli • Michele & Russell Spoto • St. Catherine of Siena School • St. Dominic School • St. Julie Billiart Parish • St. Jude the Apostle Parish • St. Mary Magdalen Parishioners • St. Mel’s Parish Men’s Group • St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club • St. Paschal Baylon Mission Circle • Laura & Joseph Staines • Carol & Ted Stanley • Rebecca & Brian Stanley • Becky Stanley • Staples Construction Company Sr. Marie Paul Grech presented the new Stephen Ministers with a certificate of completion. Shown here are: Jim Ford, Annabelle Gordon, and Melissa Hsu.

• Nancy Starr • Sydney Stein • Angela Stern • Patricia & Paul Stevens • Helen & Charles Stewart • Sharon & Charles Stewart • Ann Storc • Gillian Stormont • Dianne Stovall • Lisa Stupar • Sandi & Jim Stutzman • Judy & Jerry Sullivan • Rose Mary & Robert Swanstrom • Mary Swartz • Sweet Candy, LLC • Nora Szechy • T.C.M., Inc. • Maria Elena & Robert Tarn • John Tarn • Steve Tarn • Alan Taskar • Ardell Taylor • Cecilia Terminel • Ann & Manuel Terrazas • Mary & Jerry Tessendorf • Gary Tetzlaff • Anne & Gus Theobald • Maureen & Ross Thomas • Christiana & Sam Thomas • Thousand Oaks Smile Design • Donald Tilley • Barbara Tillman • Pauline & Michael Timoney • Tisna Tjahjana • Today’s Catholic Teacher • Lori & Christopher Tolcher • Ellen & Bruno Tonin • Lucy & Nelson Torino • Andy Tortorici • Clarice Tovani • Evelyn Trahan • Eugenia & Gene Traverse • Janice & Larry Tredway • Monica Trepany • Amado Trinidad • Patty Tudman • Stanley Tulacz • Linda Turgeon • Mary & Edward Tynan • Alexandra Ullman • Larry Valdivieso • Jane Valentin • David Valentino • Anne Van Der Linden • Patricia & John Van Ruiten • Christopher Varela • Teresa Vargas • Anna Maria Vasquez • Araceli Vazquez • Jacquelyn Veigel • Melissa & Joseph Ventresca • Mirtha & Vincent Vespe • Susan Vigo • Araceli Villegas • Elizabeth & Alan Vincelette • Agnes & Henry Viray • Lenore & Carl Virzi • Ruby Vroom • Thao Vu • Herbert Wachsman • Patricia & Charles Wallace • Sally & Darryl Wallace • Ellen Walsh • Henry Walsh • Rita & Robert Walter • Marjorie & R.E. Warren • Linda & Ron Watson • Nicholas Watson • Jessie & Calvin Weddle • Rita & Richard Weiss • Anne Wells • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A • Amy & Marc Welter-Reinoso • The Henry Werth Family • Dona Whitaker • Whole Foods Market • Susan & Donald Wilson • Allen Wisniewski • Karen & Patrick Withers • Sara & Albertus Wolfkamp • Sheila & Terry Wonders • Susan & William Wood • Irene & Joseph Woodall • Frances & Henry Workman • Janet & Edmund Wymyslo, Jr. • Liliane & Pierre Yemenidjian • Paula Yermasek • Kelli & Martin Zaehringer • Carolina & Gaitano Zanfini • Jacqueline & Michael Zapf • Lisa & Jerry Zins Please accept our apologies for any misspellings or omissions. Kindly notify the Office of Mission Advancement to make a correction.

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Sr. M. Angela Lee and Sr. M. John Shin show their Nun Run spirit at the 5K.

Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski congratulates runners as they cross the finish line.

Seosaph Lightbourn proudly shows off his finisher’s medal.

The Sisters of Notre Dame are deeply grateful to the 1,000 people who participated in the 4th Annual Nun Run on February 3 as a runner/walker, sponsor, volunteer, cheerleader or exhibitor. SNDs, Associates, families, schools, non-profit representatives and business partners joined together for a unique community experience. Truly an intergenerational event, participants ranged in age from 6-weeks-old to 88 years! Several generous donors underwrote the registration fees for 150 deserving children.

Congratulations

to the top 10 teams #1

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL SPARTANS Oxnard

#2

SIERRA LINDA SCHOOL Oxnard

#3

LA REINA REGENTS tied with NOTRE DAME LEARNING CENTER PRESCHOOL, Thousand Oaks

#5

SND ASSOCIATES

#6

HORAN SISTERS & FRIENDS

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NOTRE DAME ACADEMY SCHOOLS OF LOS ANGELES

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Again, this year, the Nun Run highlighted the SND commitment to Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. The Community Service Fair included 29 exhibitors and it involved a new focus on Fair Trade products and advocacy. The funds raised will support SND outreach to thousands of people through prayer, education, faith formation, spiritual development, eldercare, health/pastoral care and social ministries--to victims of human trafficking, immigrants, and the homeless. Thank you again! 

Save the Date for our 5th Annual Nun Run on February 2, 2019.

“Thank you for promoting a healthy lifestyle among our youth” Jerry Beatty, Sierra Linda Elementary School Coach

Corporate & Organization Sponsors

BAY ALARM, COAST HILLS CREDIT UNION, EMCOR SERVICES MESA ENERGY, ENTERPRISE FLEET MANAGEMENT, HORAN MEDIATECH ADVISORS, ITO ACUPUNCTURE, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: HOLY CROSS COUNCIL, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: MSGR. O’CONNELL COUNCIL, LA REINA HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL, LIFE CENTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY, PARK PLACE DENTAL GROUP, PEET’S COFFEE, ROADRUNNER SPORTS, RENEWAL BY ANDERSON, ROSENTHAL CHIROPRACTIC, SOBRINO TERMITE & PEST CONTROL, ST. MEL’S MEN’S CLUB, ST. PASCHAL BAYLON MEN’S CLUB, THRIVENT FINANCIAL, US FOODS, WHOLE FOODS MARKET


Updates from the Uganda Mission February 2, 2018, marked the twentieth anniversary of the opening of St. Julie Model Primary Boarding School in Buseesa, Uganda. St. Julie’s Mission was founded in 1995 by the SNDs of the Covington and California provinces. Opening in 1998 with just 40 children, the school has grown to nearly 300 children from the nearby villages and surrounding rural areas, which are amongst the poorest in Uganda. When the sisters first arrived in Buseesa, they recognized the need for quality education for all ages. Over the past 20 years, in addition to the model primary school, the St. Julie Mission has grown to include a nursery school, formation center, farm and a top-ranked all-girls secondary boarding school. The final steps in the quest for comprehensive education will be the addition of an A-level school set to open in the spring of 2019. The secondary school in Uganda has two levels. The first four years of high school serve as the ordinary level or O-level. Following this, students who passed their O-level exams may move on to the advanced level or A-level in preparation for a university program. The A-level school will be an all-girls program, accommodating ninety students and six live-in teachers. When the A-level school opens in 2019, St. Julie’s Mission will be providing a complete academic path from preschool through university preparations.  On her recent visit to California, Sr. Mary Colette Theobald, St. Julie’s Head Teacher, expressed her immense hope for the children of St. Julie’s Mission. She remarked, “These children are truly making a difference in the world, within a larger community and in Uganda. We thank our donors who have helped us with the initial building [St. Julie Model Primary School] and ongoing operating expenses such as, obtaining books and instructional materials. These donations help to underwrite the education of children who are in most need attending our schools.” 

Special thanks to the many donors who made this new truck possible. Sr. M. Colette Theobald takes it for a spin.

By 2019, St. Julie Mission will offer girls a comprehensive academic path from preschool through university preparation.

For more information on donating towards the Uganda Mission, please contact Sr. Lisa Megaffin, Director of Mission Advancement at lmegaffin@sndca.org.

Preliminary construction has begun on the A-level school.

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Mrs. Vogler has devoted 48 years to the students, serving as a faculty member and administrator.

The Sisters of Notre Dame recently welcomed Sr. Mary Dean Phaler, a Sister of Notre Dame from the Toledo Province, to California. Sr. Dean is serving as Parish Ministry Director at St. Bartholomew’s Parish in Long Beach. In addition, she assists with campus ministry activities at USC and UCLA with Sr. Jennifer Marie Zimmerman and Sr. Valerie Marie Roxburgh. She brings a diverse educational and ministry background to California, with experience as a junior high teacher, a missionary in Papua New Guinea, and an internship in Ignatian spirituality. Sr. Dean “finds that people across the spectrum face some of the same challenges. Hopefully, I can remind them of God’s care and concern.”

The SND National Education Office is sponsoring “The SND 2018 National Education Summit” from June 20 to 22 at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. The California Province will be represented by these speakers: Nancy Coonis (SND Associate and Executive Director, Western Catholic Educational Association), Lee Cotugno (Board Chairperson, Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles), Tony Guevara (Head of School, La Reina High School & Middle School), Sr. M. Rebekah Kennedy (Dean of Mission, La Reina High School & Middle School), and Lilliam Paetzold (President, Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles). Rev. Tom Elewaut, an alumnus of St. Rose of Lima School in Maywood, will be the speaker at the closing session addressing “Education for Transformation: Looking Forward Through the Window.”

Looking for an inspiring and engaging presentation on the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame? SND staff members are available to speak with parish, service or other groups who wish to learn about the SND mission and activities, both in the United States and in Uganda. To arrange a presentation, contact Jen Coito, Associate Director of Mission Advancement, at jcoito@sndca.org. The Sisters of Notre Dame offer their sympathy and prayers to the family of Gabrielle Chabot, a freshman at La Reina High School & Middle School. Gabrielle passed into eternity in February after a brief illness. Special congratulations to Mrs. Meredeth Vogler who will be retiring from the staff of Notre Dame Academy in June.

Mark your calendars! The fall edition of Vision & Challenge will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its inauguration. Special thanks to several donors who have notified the Sisters of Notre Dame of their intention to include the SNDs in their estate plans. Bequests, life insurance policies and other planned giving options will underwrite the SND life and ministry, both locally and internationally. Our legal title is “The Sisters of Notre Dame of Los Angeles” and our IRS nonprofit identification number is 95-2005867. For further information, contact the SND Mission Advancement Office at 805-917-3714. Our planned giving donors can be assured of our grateful prayers.

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Vision and Challenge, Spring, 2018  

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