Each summer, Totino-Grace Student Ministers -- juniors and seniors committed to being faith leaders in our school community -- select a theme for the coming school year based on the lives of one of our founders. The 2019-2020 school year theme is focused on the life of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Unity alone makes us strong within and without; unity makes us indestructible. Unity lightens the hardships of our vocation; unity makes us invincible. - Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are called and sent to address the divisions in our world and church today with audacity and hope. As teachers, administrators, pastoral and social outreach ministers, health care personnel, spiritual directors, attorneys, chaplains, and missionaries, they focus on the needs of women, youth, and persons who are poor or marginalized. Integral to their Gospel commitment is their work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. They believe that education can transform lives and societies.
In a rapidly changing world filled with many challenges and celebrations, we are thankful for the presence of God in our daily lives. Like the Sisters, we look to direct our lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. As he was sent to show the Father’s love to the world, we are sent to make Christ visible by our very being, by sharing our love, faith, and hope. We are called and sent to deepen communion with God and among people wherever we are – in every place, in every time, in every situation. The values, attitudes, and virtues that foster oneness in our community of faith, Totino-Grace High School, are the same by which we promote unity among all people.
We look to the Sisters as women of inspiration to be courageous as we strive for unity that embraces all humanity and the whole of creation. We seek to educate, advocate, and act in collaboration with with others for the dignity of life and the care of all creation.
Can we, like Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, direct our lives towards oneness?
In what amazing ways will our TG community promote unity and togetherness this year?
We are excited to share our theme this school year with the hope of challenging ourselves to be a people who pray intentionally and without hesitation, people who serve selflessly as a celebration of our common humanity, and people who united for the betterment of our community… because TOGETHER WE ARE!
God of All,
Together we are inspired by our faith, and we pray that today we may direct our lives towards the oneness for which Jesus, Your son, was sent.
Together we pray that we are a community strengthened by the diverse ways in which we live out Your gospel message, acting as servants for Christ, one another, and all of God’s people.
Together we ask that we may be advocates working in collaboration with others to promote the dignity of life and the care of all creation.
May we be a people of peace, hope, and love... because Together We Are!