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As July rounds the corner to its third week over 300 hundred people from across the country and the world will travel to Emmanuel College in Boston to be a part of two Notre Dame events, Sisters Maria Delaney and Rita Sturwold, Co-Directors of the US Office of Sponsored Ministries are coordinating these events. The first is the third Student Leadership Conference and the second is Networking for Mission 3.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming events:

The Student Leadership Conference will take place from July 23 to 25. It includes students and teacher chaperones from ten US Notre Dame high schools. The conference will give time and space for students from different parts of the country to exchange ideas, meet sisters from around the world, have fun and explore issues related to leadership and the Notre Dame Heritage and Hallmarks. They will also have the opportunity to meet and spend time with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world, who will join the students for some of the exercises.

Students and teacher chaperones will then join the incoming Networking for Mission 3 participants for the opening prayer and Sister Janet Eisner’s address before the Liturgy.

The Networking for Mission 3 Conference will be held from July 25- July 28. Each day will begin with a keynote presentation followed by concurrent workshops covering a range of timely topics impacting the Notre Dame Mission. There will be time to connect with old friends and make new ones as the Notre Dame network continues to grow. A final session of interest groups based on the topics and discussions at the conference will meet on the final day to begin next steps. This will be followed by a closing missioning ceremony and dinner.

All signs point to a vibrant and energetic experience geared to moving the Notre Dame Mission forward in challenging times.

(L) SISTER JANET EISNER, President of Emmanuel College, will address the participants from both conferences on the topic: Vision Made Manifest: Transforming Lives through Catholic Education and Healthcare.
(R) SISTER TERESITA WEIND, Congrgational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur will join participants from the conferences on July 25th in Yawkey Auditorium, where she will share reflections at the Liturgy


Father Bryan Hehir, Distinguished Professor at The Harvard Kennedy School and Secretary of Health and Social Services for the Archdiocese of Boston, will present Catholic Identity: Our Institutions and American Culture

Sister Mary Johnson SNDdeN, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Trinity Washington University, and Co-Director of the Billiart Center for Social Justice will present Catholic Social Teaching: No Longer A Secret

Sister Simone Campbell SSS, Executive Director of Network: A Lobby for Catholic Social Justice will discuss the lessons learned from the Nuns on the Bus experience.