What Do Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Do?

During the early history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, St. Julie Billiart, our foundress, knew God was calling the Congregation beyond France to a worldwide Mission. Her fidelity to that divine inspiration resulted in disapproval from the Bishop of the Diocese of Amiens, France, who expelled her from the diocese. Invited to another diocese by the Bishop of Namur, St. Julie was able to expand her vision beyond Belgium to a global Mission.

Since the early nineteenth century, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have been on the move! We live and work among people of different cultures on five continents, in places as varied as Liverpool and Lima, Belmont and Boston, Hiroshima and Harare. What an experience of the many facets of God's goodness and boundless creativity!

Click on the map below to view how the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur participate in a worldwide mission to spread the goodness of God beyond the boundaries of nation, state and tribe — placing a special emphasis on education, especially of poor women and children, and ministering where others may not choose to go.

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Ministries and Impact

A Matter of Justice

November 17, 2022

“I come out to my car, I sit and I pray,” says Sister Donna Wisowaty. &ldqu...

A simple request led Sister Marietta Fritz, SNDdeN on an unimagined journey. In the 197...

Photo of Live The Good volunteers at Imago Earth Center, March 2022

U.S. Ministry: Live The Good

November 11, 2022

Holly Schlaack took over as director of volunteer engagement for the Sisters’ Liv...

The Village of Pelende, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is about to get water. This is a big deal. It means better health, it means more children in school, it means hope can once more fill the hearts of its five thousand residents.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur world-wide congregation, during its 18th General Cha...

Advocating for Others

May 11, 2022

Sometimes what you know depends on the circles you travel in. If you’re in education, you know Sister Rose Ann Fleming as the former president of Trinity Washington University.

With you, we change lives

With the support of generous friends like you, we are able to continue our mission of educating and taking a stand with those in poverty— especially women and children.

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