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Sister Dorothy Beach, SNDdeN

October 15, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Dorothy Beach, SNDdeN who passed away on October 12, 2021

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Ann Zwijack has been at Corryville Catholic Elementary for fifty years. The milestone did not go unnoticed. By proclamation of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, February 2, 2021 was Sister Mary Ann Zwijack Day throughout the city.

Sister Marie Andary, SNDdeN

September 10, 2021

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Andary who passed away on September 8, 2021

Caring for God's Creatures

September 9, 2021

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Dottie Deger and Florence Maier are in a very hands-on way answering the call of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and Pope Francis to care for creation - as Registered Wildlife Nest Makers.

As you’re reading this, our nation’s children are returning to school. With the pandemic, it’s an uncertain time. But once the pandemic is at last tamed we’ll fully resume classrooms of enlightenment, shared perspectives, and the tangible excitement of minds opening up to the wonders of this world. It’s what we want for the children of Africa as well. Books are a start. A gift will make these books possible. As you are able, we hope you will help.

This past Saturday, August 14, Haiti experienced a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The city of Les Cayes, home to our Notre Dame Bakery (Boulangerie) was severely impacted. We ask you to pray for the people of Haiti, especially those directly impacted in Les Cayes and those belonging to our Notre Dame Boulangerie extended family. Please check for updates in the coming days on our website.

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Associates in Arizona teamed up with Sisters in Phoenix Ministry Center this past March to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week.

They are eight and five years old sitting on a bench in the rear of food truck lurching through the South Central Los Angeles streets, their mother at the wheel and a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur on a laptop – and this is their classroom. They are two of the Sister’s 19 students. The Sister is 37-year-old Sarah Cieplinksi, a former Notre Dame Associate who in 2018 made her final vows as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. “It’s modern-day America,” says Sister Sarah, “and I’m continuing the work of St. Julie.”

This past Saturday, August 14, Haiti experienced a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The city of Les Cayes, home to our Notre Dame Bakery (Boulangerie) was severely impacted. We ask you to pray for the people of Haiti, especially those directly impacted in Les Cayes and those belonging to our Notre Dame Boulangerie extended family. Please check for updates in the coming days on our website.

Sister Jacinta Ojilimmobe, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur of the Nigerian Province, returned to Nigeria in June after an extended stay at the Mount Notre Dame convent in Cincinnati.

Before my father died, he was the first to purchase a home in an Italian neighborhood, in Columbus Ohio, in 1941. Our home faced the playground, Convent and school of St. Dominic.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is accepting nominations for the 2021 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Parish Awards through September 1. This award honors individuals, groups, or couples in the parishes within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who exemplify the values of Sister Dorothy through their social justice ministry.

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.

We Sisters, Associates, Mission Volunteers, Staff, and Friends, of Notre Dame de Namur are committed to “demonstrate reverence for personality”, and nurture of each person’s God-given gift of humanity. With this determination and vision, we strive to collaborate with those among whom we live, serve, and/or minister.

A year after the martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005 in Boa Esperança, Pará, Brazil, the Stang family, during their customary family reunion, dedicated a large stone with a bronze plaque in Dorothy’s memory at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. On this 2021 Earth Day the stone and plaque were relocated to the newly named Sister Dorothy Stang Way. Sister Judi Clemens joined Dot’s sister, Barbara Richardson, and an intergenerational gathering of Stang family members for the dedication.

This year the Holy Father has invited all Catholics across the globe to commit to a 7 year process of planning and implementing ways we can be in right relationship with each other and the earth. This program is the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The Platform has come out of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development at the Vatican. There 7 targeted groups with 7 goals over a 7 year commitment. Your Catholic parish and Catholic school are called to this along with 5 other identified groups. Ask your pastor or principal if they are engaging in this process. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in saying this prayer from Pope Francis during the 6th Anniversary year of Laudato Si’.

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious calls on President Biden to keep his promise to increase the 2021 Presidential Determination to better address the current need. We are facing a global refugee crisis.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Ann Julie Peters, SNDdeN who passed away on April 15, 2021

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.