Religious Sponsor Reflections: Sr. Dawn Achs, SSND

ssndThe School Sisters of Notre Dame were founded in 1833 by Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, and 184 years later her daughters continue her charism “to bring all to that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.”  “Like Mother Theresa, we educate with the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons…we educate in schools and in other areas of urgent need”  (You Are Sent Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame).

When the need for an endorsing congregation for Cristo Rey Dallas was brought to the leadership team of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province it seemed that our mission and the mission of the school were a perfect match. Definitely the school meets an unmet need in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, and is a means of transforming the lives of the students, their families, the community, and ultimately our world. As I experience the impact the school is having on the lives of the students, their families, and the broader Dallas area it is evident that lives are being transformed.

As SSNDs it is inspiring to observe how the faculty and students have embraced our call “to proclaim the good news…directing our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.”  Each day before dismissal, in their prayer, the students are reminded that they are called and sent to make Jesus known.  What a wonderful opportunity for School Sisters of Notre Dame to extend our educational experience and our charism to a new generation of enthusiastic young people committed to becoming the best persons they can become.

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