Our Work: Updates

“It’s groups working together that are going to make a difference,” says Sister Mary Ann. “Certainly, Sisters all over the world are taking this seriously. Plastic is so evil, but we have to be careful that we don’t paint a hopeless picture. There is something we can do about this.”

Full Circle

December 13, 2023

If you visit the Mount Notre Dame Health Center any Sunday or Monday, you will likely r...

Sister Thérèse DelGenio, SNDdeN

For almost two years, I have had the privilege and joy to minister at the Center for Respite Care. This remarkable place accepts homeless people being discharged from the hospital but with no place to recuperate. Here is how a few of them came to our facility.

Sister Nancy Wellmeier, SNDdeN at Su Casa Hispanic Center

Nancy Wellmeier’s eyes light up when she recounts how her mother loved to provide...

An international gathering of students realized a hallmark expression of Notre Dame de Namur learning communities: Infusing classroom experience with global perspectives and integrating classroom learning with civic and cultural interactions.

Carrying the Torch

August 7, 2023

Education everywhere was in chaos. If not complete chaos, managed chaos. Teachers kne...

On Saturday, July 22, 2023, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur welcomed to Cincinnati, Ohio, Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore, India.

Sisters get along. They work in the trenches, they discern, they discuss, they find what Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Joan Burke calls "a common mind."

UPDATE (02/01/2024): Sister Thérèse DelGenio, SNDdeN currently recites in...

One of the fundamental mysteries of our faith is the presence of God among us in human ...

A Welcoming Response

May 2, 2023

In April, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Rebecca Trujillo and Nancy Wellmeier, along wi...

Last year, Sister Rita Sturwold, SNDdeN recorded a reflection for Heart to Heart, a Catholic Media Ministry. Her reflection is featured as part of "Season of Joy: Reflections for 50 Days of Easter.

Sister Dr. Linda Soucek, SNDdeN recently sent us her update, as she finished her Spiritual Direction Certification Courses at the Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck, NY.

Before finishing her internship at the Congregational Mission Office in Ipswich, MA, Sister Kumiko Azuma, SNDdeN spent a week in Ohio. In Japan, Sister Kumiko teaches at Notre Dame Seishin Schools in Okayama.

Today, she is Sister Carmen. In years past, she was Officer Silva. Not many women make the transition from police officer to religious life, but Sister Carmen Silva did. “I certainly never saw myself in religious life,” Sister Carmen says. “I was happy where I was. I thought of religious life as teaching and nursing. It wasn’t until I saw that it was all about service to others, that I began to think about joining.”

On February 15, 2023, F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), a select group of seniors at Chaminade Julienne High School, and their moderators visited Mount Notre Dame. Archivist Kim Dalgarn welcomed them to the Museum.

The Welcome Center

February 17, 2023

Over the past year, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, supported by associates, friends, f...

“Go Make a Difference…You Can Make a Difference …” a line from a familiar hymn

Maybe that is Dorothy’s message to us 18 years after her death.  We do not want to be active in the destruction of the beautiful forest which serves as the lungs of our Earth.  We do not want to cause the deadly heating of our beloved planet.  We do not to be involved in the poisoning of our oceans, the polluting of our air and water.  We do not want to have any responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of refugees just looking for a place to live.  We do not want to be responsible for “letting it happen.”   But we are.  This is our Earth, our gift from God to love and care for.

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we invite you to learn more about Sister Rita Sturwold, SNDdeN. She has a wealth of experience working as a teacher and administrator, and currently has several roles with our schools in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio.

In Service to Our Democracy

January 26, 2023

"I can do this," thought Sister Rebecca Trujillo, SNDdeN, when she heard requ...

As Program Coordinator of Songa Mbele na Masomo Children's Centre, I (Sister Mary Akinyi, SNDdeN) do my ministry in this community based centre which opened in 2009 and began operations in 2010 in the Mukuru Slum, in Nairobi City.

While Sister Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN was on her home visit from Brazil, she visited the sist...

Angel of the Amazon, is an operatic presentation of the life and mission of SIster Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, martyred in Anapu, Pará, Brazil, on February 12, 2005, because of her work in defense of the Amazon Forest and its people. The opera by composer Evan Mack was presented at the November 13th matinee at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture on historic Bleecker St, New York, New York.