About the Sisters News

We are happy to share the discovery of a new species of a screech owl in the Amazon rainforest named after our martyred Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Dorothy Stang. A native of Dayton, OH, and a graduate of Julienne High School, Sister Dorothy taught in Illinois and Arizona before beginning her life’s work in the Brazilian Amazon fighting for the rights of people in poverty.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Rita Buddeke, SNDdeN who passed away on March 25, 2021

Sister Joan Burke, SNDdeN served as the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur representative to the United Nations from 2002 through 2010. She lived the better part of 50 years among people who are poor in three different countries of Africa and recently was also a professor in an adult education program at Tangaza University College in Nairobi. She has served as a member of both the Nigeria and the Kenya Provincial Leadership Teams. Below is an article written for the SND at the UN, in which Sister Joan reflects upon the UN’s recent 10-day meeting focusing on digital technologies as they relate to human wellbeing in across the globe.

Evan Mack, the producer of Angel of the Amazon, an opera based on Sister Dorothy, will release an album "The Travelled Road" on March 26, 2021. In it, he wrote Three Reflections of Sister Dorothy.

During the 2021 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. The ultrafiltration unit specified for the Sisters’ communities is the Antunes VZN-520H. This unit has the advantage of providing ultrafiltration for pathogen removal while retaining trace minerals that are essential to maintain human health. The unit is simple and robust, which are essential qualities for service in Congo.

Lenten Snapshot #5

March 19, 2021

During the 2021 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. We hope you in turn will share their work with your family, friends, students and faculty by email or by posting each Lenten Snapshot on a bulletin board.

They Call Him Bright

March 16, 2021

Whether the name was given in a hope-filled moment, or as a cruel joke, or given for some other reason – is uncertain. His father has trouble with language, and has developmental disabilities. The same is true with his grandmother. His mother is dead. Bright, for a long time, resided in a mud-walled hut. The floor was mud as well. The roof was grass. In the same hut lived the grandmother. The father’s whereabouts were generally unknown.

With the hope that teachers from our Notre Dame schools would benefit from being able to meet and listen to each other, our Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Sponsorship Office began a series of Zoom Meetings in late January that gathered the campus ministers of our twelve U.S. high schools with the chaplains of our U.K. schools and the Sisters overseeing our schools in Africa

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Susan Youst, SNDdeN who passed away on March 9, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Maura Prendergast, SNDdeN who passed away on February 25, 2021

Notre Dame AmeriCorps Members are lay people working to further the educational mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, both here and abroad. They serve in 24 cities and in Haiti and number more than 400 people. Their situations, as with most of us, have unexpectedly taken a turn due to the pandemic. Yet their work goes on.

Last month, Sister Grace Amarachi Ezeonu, SNDdeN, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Representative at the United Nations, attended this year’s virtual 59th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development. The major theme of this year’s session was the role of digital technologies in promoting sustainable development and the well-being of all.

Kitenda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the last of the Congolese sites that was initially developed in 2010 and slated for refurbishment this year with new photovoltaic equipment and lithium-ion batteries.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Margaret O'Connor, SNDdeN who passed away on February 15, 2021

Everyone is experiencing a disruption in their life right now. However, it is important to acknowledge the fact that it is those who live in poverty and at the margins of society who are disproportionately affected. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have members on five continents. Most in active ministry are working with just such populations.

In Pelende, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the refurbishment of the electrical system is now complete and the operation of the Photovoltaic system is fully restored. The next phase of the project is the restoration of the village water system.

Catechists from Trinidad to the United Arab Emirates to North Carolina know the name of Sister Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN

Notre Dame AmeriCorps Members are lay people working to further the educational mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, both here and abroad. They serve in 24 cities and in Haiti and number more than 400 people. Their situations, as with most of us, have unexpectedly taken a turn due to the pandemic. Yet their work goes on. Over the next several weeks we’ll highlight some of their stories.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Patricia Murray, SNDdeN who passed away on January 9, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Damienne Grismer, SNDdeN who passed away on January 15, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Jo D'Amico, SNDdeN who passed away on January 12, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Anne Denise Blake, SNDdeN who passed away on January 5, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Genevieve Moran, SNDdeN who passed away on January 8, 2021

Good News from Kisantu!

December 31, 2020

There's good news from Kisantu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But it's not something that has happened; rather, it's something that hasn't.

Sister Gwen Koza, SNDdeN

December 30, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Gwen Koza, SNDdeN who passed away on December 29, 2020