School Sisters of Notre Dame – Africa

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Development Committee meets in Cape Coast

From Sister Kathy Schmittgens, development director in the US for the Province of Africa

Our Lady of Peace Convent is the setting for the annual meeting of the Development Committee of the Province of Africa.  The committee consists of six members  and a facilitator.  In these seven sisters we represent six different countries.  What a rich experience it is! The committee member are taking a long hard look at how to ensure that the mission continues into the future.  Dependence on the West will necessarily need to decrease.  How can the province be good stewards of  the resources they have and how can they develop new support for the future? Discussions are lively but productive.  We are so blessed with intelligent, perceptive sisters! Today we were privileged to have time with Sister Theresa Kusi, OLA who is the new development Director for her community, The Sister of Our Lady of the Apostles.  She gave her expertise on the process involved in grant writing.  It was a very good session where we were able to get many questions answered

Our meeting space.

Our meeting space.

Sister Theresa shares her expertise.

Sister Theresa shares her expertise.

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Sister Gloria expresses our gratitude and presents Sister Theresa with a small gift.

Sister Gloria expresses our gratitude and presents Sister Theresa with a small gift.


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Ohio Associates Lay the Foundation

This past weekend, the SSND Associates from Ohio and West Virginia organized an appeal “A Home in Africa” at the parish in Little Hocking, OH. They have a goal to raise $7000 which is the cost of laying the foundation for the new Provincial House in Accra, Ghana. Sister Joan Van Beek who is the director of the Associate Group in OH is also a returned African missionary. With the gracious permission of Rev. Robert Gallagher, pastor, Sister Joan introduced the congregation to the work of SSND in Africa and a second collection was taken up for the Provincial House. Associates were there to assist with the collection and materials were set up in the vestibule giving more information. All agreed it was a great way to share the mission and ministry of SSND. We are so proud of and grateful to this amazing group of Associates!

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Sister Joan shares her stories of Africa!

And she really gets into it!!

And she really gets into it!!

Father Gallagher, the pastor, with Associate Anna Dawkins

Father Gallagher, the pastor, with Associate Anna Dawkins

Sister Joan greets parishioners after Mass.

Sister Joan greets parishioners after Mass.

Displays gave parishioners more information on the work of SSND in Africa

Displays gave parishioners more information on the work of SSND in Africa

Associate Mary Deem happily helps collect the offerings!

Associate Mary Deem happily helps collect the offerings!

Sister Elise Zettel peruses the display materials.

Sister Elise Zettel peruses the display materials.

Associates Cindy Molinari and Mary Deem hand out brochures with information about the Provincial House.

Associates Cindy Molinari and Mary Deem hand out brochures with information about the Provincial House.

Sisters Joan and Elise (on right) with three of the Associates

Sisters Joan and Elise (on right) with three of the Associates