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United States: First Mission Country

CNDs have been in the United States since the 1860's, from original “missions” to Connecticut and Illinois.

You'll find us in large cities like Boston, New York, Chicago but also on an Oglala Sioux reservation. In fact, when it's warm enough, there are bound to be some of us in the ocean off Rhode Island!

The best way to find out what we're like is to come and see. We're happy to welcome long and short term volunteers to join us in many of these ministries.


Office of Mission


Office of Mission

Sr. Janet Lawrence
lives and ministers
in Chicago.

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Sisters involved in religious formation in parish life communities and catechetical offices

Sr. Mary Mazza is Parish Life Director of St. Patrick Parish of Athens and Catskills. She works in the Diocese of Albany, New York where they have non-ordained personnel as directors of parish communities. A priest is assigned as sacramental minister, but the director does everything else that a pastor would do. Mary shared with us her enthusiasm for being part of the mission of Jesus Christ in gathering his Church together in prayer, sacrament, Eucharist and service.

Sr. Jane Ann Scanlon is Pastoral Associate of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Flushing Queens, New York, the most diverse area of New York City. Sr. Jane works in this parish with all its diversity in its blessings and challenges. In addition to faith formation for adults, she sees what needs are lacking and attempts to meet them.

Sr. Jane Ann Scanlon

Sr. Ann Marie Strileckis is Pastoral Associate of St. Joseph cathedral Parish in Hartford, CT. This is an inner-city parish with great diversity especially among the recent immigrants. Food, housing, education and faith formation are always needs to be addressed among the poor. A former school in the parish has been converted into apartments for the lower income families. Sr. Ann Marie, like any pastoral worker, wears many hats.

Sr. Joan Curtin is Director of the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of New York, an entity which includes rural poor, wealthy suburbs, new immigrants and big city movers and shakers. The catechetical programs are multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic. The Office is responsible for forming 10,000 catechists who teach the faith to children and adults.

Sisters involved in direct ministry to the poor and advocacy for social justice

Sr. Eileen Dorney is an advocate for the elderly in New York in need of housing. She works at Encore 49, a Single Room Occupancy hotel in the heart of the theater district in New York City. Most of the residents were homeless before coming to Encore. Sr. Eileen is a social worker and case manager. The residents need far more than just a roof over their heads. She becomes their family as most have no other family. Encore is a Catholic initiative that is considered the longest running act on Broadway.

Sr. Eileen Dorney

Sr. Elizabeth King teaches at Caroline House, an educational endeavor of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for non-English speakers. It teaches English, citizenship classes and life skills to immigrants and their children. While the young children learn in their pre school classes, their mothers learn literacy upstairs. Caroline House is a safe place for women and children who are at great risk in a foreign land with no English.

Sr. Elizabeth King

Sr. Terry Martin works in Murphy, North Carolina in St. William Parish and in the Hayesville community. Sr. Terry assists immigrants in many ways in collaboration with other parishioners: assisting in basic needs, providing furniture and food, transportation to doctors and Church, tutoring, teaching skills for living. Working with other Churches she becomes the face and hands of Christ in numerous other ways.

Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan is the Director of Peace and Justice for the Province. She presented her responsibility within the concept of “World Repair.” Sr. Rose Mary works with many other religious organizations and religious communities. She teaches and advocates for the corporate stances that we have made as a Province and as a Congregation. Her ministry involves working with the sisters and associates in their ministries, in collaboration with public and Church members, for the sake of justice and in the work of peace.

Sœur Rose Mary Sullivan (right)

Sr. Nancy Downing is the Director of Legal Services for Covenant House in New York City, which is the largest child care agency for run away youth between the ages of 16 and 21. She serves the suffering children of the streets. They house over 300 children a day and turn away 100 every night. Covenant House provides counseling, job training, legal advice, and pastoral care.

Each of these sisters show by their lives that the heart of Christ in the charism of Marguerite Bourgeoys is alive; and miracles happen when the heart touches the hearts of the poor.

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