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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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...

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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

Art as Ministry

January 4, 2024

The blazing Kenyan sun beats ruthlessly upon a shopping mall parking lot, which doubles as an asphalt art gallery.

The Bishop Korir Memorial Secondary School for Differently Abled in the Rift Valley of Kenya, in part supported through generous donors of the Ohio Province, is three-quarters through its first year of operation. Though still a fledging institution, the school is offering hope to children who are deaf and, in most cases, impoverished and who, before the school’s opening, had few paths before them.

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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