School Sisters of Notre Dame
The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) founded Notre Dame of Maryland University, and the congregation continues to inform and inspire the education provided at the University. SSNDs serve as administrators, faculty and trustees; 13 sisters live on campus in three small communities.
With two provinces in North America, the office of the Atlantic-Midwest Province is located on North Charles Street in Baltimore, north of the University. Approximately 700 sisters are members of this Province. Other local institutions sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame include the Institute of Notre Dame (IND), Notre Dame Preparatory School and the Caroline Center.
An international congregation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have their central office in Rome, Italy. SSNDs are the world's second largest missionary group of women religious, with 3,600 sisters working on five continents. Ministries include education, social service, health care, and direct service to those in need. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating under the United Nations Department of Public Information, the sisters are zealous advocates for education for all, human rights, care of the earth and world peace.
The congregation as a whole, and individual SSNDs, have voluntarily participated in "The Nun Study," a landmark research project examining Alzheimer's disease. A book titled "Aging With Grace" chronicles the study and the SSNDs' unselfish dedication to further the understanding of the human brain. .
For more information about the School Sisters of Notre Dame, their history and their work in North America: SSND.org.