Our theme for the year, "With Grateful Hearts," grounds us in love and faith in one another and in the Jesus who lives in and among us. Inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame's charism of unity, may we cultivate grateful hearts for the opportunities and blessings which we have received and which await us in this school year!

With Gratitude for our History

Just as Mary, the Blessed Mother, our patroness, said “yes” to God’s call to be the Mother of Jesus, so did Karolina Gerhardinger, later known as Blessed Mother Theresa of Jesus, respond to God’s call in 1833 to begin a religious congregation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Like Mary, Karolina was a young woman, strengthened by faith and God’s love. In Mary’s spirit, she founded an order that has since made an impact globally. Today, the School Sisters of Notre Dame minister in 34 countries worldwide, and those educated in the SSND spirit foster the order’s charism of unity and further its mission of transformation. 

Later this month, on October 22, we will gather as a community to celebrate Foundation Day Liturgy to join with SSNDs and sponsored institutions around the world in thanksgiving for the order's foundress and all SSNDs, past, and present. We celebrate the many wonderful gifts of the NDP community, and we look forward with grateful hearts to the promise of our future.
 
    • Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.

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    Sister Patricia McCarron’s appointment as Notre Dame Preparatory School’s ninth headmistress, which began July 1, 2005, completes a remarkable circle:  she started her professional career there as a faculty member some 30 years ago and returned to lead the school in its 132nd year.  Sister Patricia guides the NDP faculty and staff in its mission of educating young women to transform the world.
     
    In the years that she has been headmistress, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at Notre Dame Preparatory School, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund and endowment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and their commitment to service and justice in the world.  Under her leadership, NDP has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012 and again in 2020; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun each year since the program’s inception in 2011; A Baltimore Style and Daily Record Reader’s Top Choice School; and a Top Engineering Source School by University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.
     
    As a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Patricia is committed to empowering others through education.  Before her appointment at NDP, Sister Patricia served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Prior to that, she held administrative positions at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.
     
    Sister Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Ed. in Education Management and Supervision from Loyola College.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Sister Patricia is a recognized speaker on the topics of Catholic identity and Catholic school leadership.  She is in The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for being named among the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2014, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s Educational Excellence Award. She previously served on the Board of the Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014-2020) and currently serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Independent Child Abuse Review Board.

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