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Next week we will host our annual donor appreciation brunch and open house at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, California. In the spirit of thanksgiving, Sister Mary Colette Theobald, who is currently serving in Uganda, wrote a letter of appreciation to our many spiritual and monetary supporters. Uganda 081

Dearest Benefactors,

I want to personally thank you for all the support you give to the Sisters of Notre Dame. I very personally see your spiritual and monetary contributions at work in the Uganda mission. The Sisters of Notre Dame have been in Uganda for 20 years.  The primary school began in 1998, formation for young sisters in 2002, the secondary school in 2003, nursery school in 2007 and a second community in 2009. Construction for a new nursery school for Buseesa has started. There are 12 Ugandan Sisters. Ten more are in the novitiate in Tanzania. Hundreds of young people have benefited from a strong Notre Dame education. Those who have completed their studies are beginning to return to their villages to uplift the standard of living of the people there. None of this would have been possible without you! Thank you, thank you! Webale muno! God bless you! Ruhanga asiimwe.

Thank you, too, for all the other ways you help and support the Sisters of Notre Dame: ministry projects, housing support and renovation, and support for our wonderful aged sisters who gave so much to serve God and His people. May God bless each and every one of you with all the graces and blessings you need at this time.

Please be assured of many prayers for yourself and your families from all of us in Uganda!

Lovingly and gratefully yours,

Sister Mary Colette, SND
Mpala, Uganda

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Sister Anncarla Costello, our Provincial Superior, recently returned from a three-week trip to Brazil where she attended the General Conference of the Sisters of Notre Dame. While there, Sister visited several ministries begun by the sisters in Brazil. Listen below to hear about her experience.

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Sisters visiting a recycling project begun by the Passo Fundo province to assist local women in earning money for their families by recycling castoffs.

Sisters visiting a recycling project begun by the Passo Fundo province to assist local women in earning money for their families by recycling castoffs.

Pile of trash to be sorted.

Pile of trash to be sorted.

A playground for the primary students at Collegio Notre Dame in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

A playground for the primary students at Collegio Notre Dame in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

A view of the courtyard of an elementary school run by the sisters in Brazil with a student population of 800 children in grades K-8.

A view of the courtyard of an elementary school run by the sisters in Brazil with a student population of 800 children in grades K-8.

A group of participants from the General Conference visiting a German-style church in Brazil.

A group of participants from the General Conference visiting a German-style church in Brazil.

Sister Mary Anncarla at a founders day celebration for the congregation.

Sister Mary Anncarla at a founders day celebration for the congregation.

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(From the Sisters of Notre Dame international site at http://snd1.org/.)

The first weekend in September, two Californian Sisters of Notre Dame originally from Korea visited the Incheon Regina Pacis province in Incheon, South Korea.

Sister Mary John Shin and Sister Mary Angela Lee, who made their perpetual professions in California last month, stayed in the provincial house for three days and received many congratulations from the Korean community.

They toured the provincial house during their brief visit and experienced the internationality of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The Korean province appreciated the company and will continue to pray for Sisters Mary John and Angela.

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From left to right: Sister Mary John, Sister Marie Thoma (local superior of the provincial house), Sister Mary Angela, Sister Marie Aquina (provincial superior), Sister Marie Veritas (first assistant [provincial councilor]).

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From left to right: Sister Marie Aquina (provincial superior), Sister Mary John, Sister Mary Angela.

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From left to right: Sister Marie Aquina (provincial superior), Sister Marie Thoma (local superior of the provincial house), Sister Mary John.

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