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Our Charism - from the SSND Constitution

Our charism, gift of the Spirit, was embodied in

Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger,
who longing for the oneness of all in God,
grounded the congregation in Eucharist,
anchored it in poverty,
and dedicated it to Mary.

A woman of faith,
ever seeking God's will,
she struggled for unity in our international community
and responded to urgent needs,
preferring the poor
and educating with a world vision.

In these gifts of the spirit of our foundress,
Mother Theresa, we recognize the evolving charism of our congregation.

Our charism flows from our spiritual heritage, especially the gifts of St. Augustine,
who formed a community to be of one heart
and one soul in God,
seeing in the Trinity the basis,
source and goal of all community;

Blessed Alix Le Clerc and St. Peter Fournier,
who gave a new direction to religious life,
insisting that ministry be integral to the community they founded
Bishop Michael Wittman and Francis Sebastian Job,
who held Christian education for girls as their special concern,
understanding what women must be if the human family were to improve;

Mother Caroline Freiss,
who, through courageous leadership,
adapted the congregation to life on another continent,
perceptively reading the signs of the times, risking innovative response
to the needs of the new world.

Our charism continues to develop in the living community,
which, enriched by the past,
enables the congregation
to unfold in the present and
be challenged by the future

Through the power of the Spirit we carry out this mission particularly though
our efforts toward unity,
our community life,
our ministry directed toward education,
our common search for and doing of God's will.

 We struggle in solidarity for justice and a global community