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!

Where our Sisters work:

“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.

Sponsored and Affiliate Ministries

Big Laurel Learning Center
Kermit, West Virginia

Ignite Peace
Cincinnati, Ohio

Just Earth Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Louisville Mental Health Group
Louisville, KY

Maryvale Preparatory School
Lutherville, MD

Notre Dame Tabernacle Society
Ross, Ohio

Get to know the Sisters:

Sister Judith A. Merkle, SNDdeN, has published a new book, "Sensing the Spirit: To...

Sister Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

We invite you to watch the interview with Sister Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, Superior General of the Sisters de Notre Dame de Namur at the joint UISG-USG meeting (November 22-24, 2023), published by the UISG Internatioanal Union Superiors General in Rome.

Painting of Saint Julie and the Children -- The Ohio Province Heritage Hallway and Museum collection. (This well-known pose of Saint Julie surrounded by young girls was painted by an unknown Sister Artist at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Students attend

Founders Day

February 2, 2024

On February 2, 1804, the Feast of the Purification of Mary, Julie Billiart, Françoise Blin de Bourdon and Catherine Duchatel consecrated themselves to God and promised to educate poor children and to form teachers. Since

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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