Sister Esther Wagner, SSND Oral History

Sister Esther Wagner, SSND, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1964. She's looking forward to her Golden Jubilee in 2016 - 50 years since her first profession. She is an apostolic sister which means that her community is involved in active ministries. The mission of the SSND (an international congregation serving in 32 countries) is to direct their entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent. They work to transform the world through education-giving special emphasis to women, young people and those who are marginalized. Esther was born on September 18, 1946 in New Prague, MN and grew up on the family farm near New Market, MN with her nine siblings. After teaching primary children for 40 years in the Catholic Schools system, she changed her education focus. Currently living in Hopkins, she is in her 9th year teaching ESL to adult immigrants in Minneapolis at Learning In Style, a CSJ ministry. She loves her ministry, interacting with her students and empowering them in their transition in a new country. Over the years Esther has enjoyed doing liturgical environment, painting, calligraphy, making cards, playing guitar for children's liturgies, skiing, snowmobiling, making caramels; but most of all - helping people of all ages learn.

Sister Esther Wagner, SSND Oral History Transcript

About Lizeth Andrade-Vital

Lizeth Andrade-Vital is a sophomore student at St. Catherine University. She is a undergraduate Social Work major and is working towards a masters in Social Work and minoring in Spanish. In freetime she enjoys drawing, listening to music, and nature. Looking to the future she is optimistic and open-minded to the world. During the Fall of 2015 she was paired with Sister Esther Wagner, SSND; a School Sister of Notre Dame.