Sister Teresita Weind, SNDdeN

Apr 29, 2024 | News & Events



Sr. Teresita Weind, SNDdeN, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) for 14 years, died on April 28, 2024 at 81 years of age, after some months of painful suffering at Mount Notre Dame Health Center (MNDHC) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  A Catholic Sister for sixty-four years, she had served two terms in General Leadership, from 2008-2014, and 2014-2022 in Rome, Italy.  She was the 19th Superior General of the SNDdeN Congregation, known, praised and loved internationally for her charismatic, spiritual Leadership in her Religious Congregation as well as with other Women Religious. Throughout her two mandates, Sr. Teresita participated frequently in Rome with the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).

Sr. Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, Congregational Leader and 20th Superior General, and the Congregational Leadership Team speak for the Sisters internationally: “We are grateful forever for Sr. Teresita’s generous sharing with us of her abundant gifts as Congregational Leader for fourteen years. The depth of her spirituality and the breadth of her vision continue to inspire us in all that we can be as Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, serving on five continents. Her extraordinary life and ministries constitute an enduring legacy of love.”

Admired and honored nationally also, Sr. Teresita is a Founding Member of the National Black Sisters Conference (NBSC) in Washington, DC, USA, where she served on the Board and on many Committees.  She represented the NBSC also on the Board of the National Office of Black Catholics. In her leadership and belonging to the Women of Color, formed by SNDdeN General Government Group in the late 1980s, Sr. Teresita promoted effectively anti-racism and cross-cultural efforts within the Congregation which gave her such respect and love internationally among Sisters.  She continued meeting with NBSC and the Women of Color, on ZOOM even throughout months of physical pain and suffering.

Due to the Covid pandemic, Sr. Teresita served longer than expected in her designated mandate in her second term (2014-2020) as Congregational Leader.  Unable to bring  together 49 Delegates and Staff in a face-to-face General Chapter, scheduled for June and July 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya, Sr. Teresita, with her Congregational Leadership Team (CLT) petitioned the Vatican to hold a Virtual General Chapter on Zoom.  In 2021, with Delegates in 15 countries on five continents,  the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur were the first Congregation of Women Religious to receive the permission from the Vatican for a Virtual General Chapter. As the “highest authority in the Congregation” while in session, the 2021 Virtual General Chapter was able to replicate the proceedings and decision-making of other General Chapters.  A prayerful spirit of unity enabled the Delegates to elect a new Congregational Leadership Team and to set strong directions for the Congregation for the next six years.

Sr. Teresita’s Leadership was grounded in “Lovingkindness,” in a prophetic spirituality through which she led her Sisters before, among and behind all of them internationally!  She had the gift and spiritual depth to inspire, uplift and animate others with the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Her homilies at liturgical celebrations, her letters and writings and her conferences delivered at celebrations and special events exemplified a rare gift of God.  At times, she raised many spirits with her spontaneous SONG.  In her being and presence, she communicated profoundly her life’s convictions as a disciple of Jesus, a daughter of the Church and Shepherd Leader for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

With Sr. Teresita’s family, the Sisters, Associates, Co-Workers, Friends and Partners in Mission, worldwide, mourn the loss of this charismatic leader.  Multitudes recognize and celebrate the life and greatness of Sr. Teresita Weind as they experienced in her ministries: nurse, parish minister, spiritual director, pastoral guide, companion on the spiritual journey, leader in the Ohio Province, and charismatic General Moderator of the Congregation for 14 years (2008-2022).

 “Now is the moment, day, era to be the place where God dwells in mystery, in order to make Goodness known in the world!”  Closing Message, General Chapter, Sr. Teresita Weind, SNDdeN, December 10, 2021

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