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

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.

Sister Judi entered religious life with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnat...

When Sister Pat Pieper, SNDdeN became a Pastoral Associate of Holy Cross Parish, in Col...

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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