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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 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award is given to faculty members, parish ministers, parishioners active in social justice ministry and graduating seniors in the Catholic high schools and parish youth ministry programs in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is granted by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Offices of Mission, Social Action, Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis.

Sister Diane Reed, SNDdeN

October 3, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Diane Reed, SNDdeN who passed away on September 29, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Rosemary Donohue who passed away on September 21, 2020

The afternoon of May 13, five cases of suspected coronavirus were reported in Kisantu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have a convent and school. This comes seven months and two weeks after that same convent burned to the ground.

The Notre Dame Bakery (Boulangerie Notre Dame) in Les Cayes, Haiti - long-supported by the benefactors of the Ohio Province - has been declared as an essential business by the Haitian government during the ongoing COVID crisis. As such, the bakery is continuing to provide essential foodstuffs for the 126,000 people in Les Cayes and those in surrounding communities.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Shawn Marie Maguire, SNDdeN, who passed away on September 17, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Joan Kerrigan, SNDdeN, who passed away on August 22, 2020

Sister Ruth Fecke, SNDdeN

August 11, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Ruth Fecke, SNDdeN, who passed away on August 10, 2020

"Live the Good volunteering at a Child’s Hope International was a wonderful experience. Not only were we helping prepare packets of food to send to ​Haiti we were able to gather as a community and reflect on the experience and how it relates to the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame learning community." - Maggie and Beth B

The afternoon of May 13, five cases of suspected coronavirus were reported in Kisantu, Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have a convent and school. This comes seven months and two weeks after that same convent burned to the ground.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Maureen Sauer, SNDdeN, who passed away on June 19, 2020

The advent of the Coronavirus pandemic has led to a rise in the number of unemployed Nigerians, ranging from petty traders to private business owners who laid-off their workers due to locked down measures imposed by the Nigerian government to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Now there is even greater hunger in the country and the Nigerian government has no plan on how to feed people who are in locked down indefinitely. It is difficult to stay indoors when one’s stomach is empty.

During the 15th Anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang's martyrdom, we would like to share video reflections on how her legacy is being lived out around the world.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ohio Province, stand in solidarity with black women and men, particularly our staff at the health centers, in denouncing the killing of George Floyd. We mourn with all the members of the black community who have suffered unjust actions at the hands of law enforcement and other systems in our society.

The pandemic is touching all of us. Some of us have sequestered ourselves to the greatest degree possible away from others, yet still remain vulnerable. Some are on the frontlines vulnerable almost every waking minute. But no matter who we are, or our age, or where we live, we are all in a common moment, and so bound together in common cause such as we have not known for a long, long time.

A matter of months ago, mere weeks, Sister Nancy Wellmeier was in the thick of people. She was face to face with immigrants and asylum seekers, and shoulder to shoulder with people of faith putting their faith into action.

“This is just an extension of what came to this country for,” says Sister Nancy Wellmeier. “Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur focus on the most vulnerable, the people who need the most help. And that’s usually the new-comers.”

A century ago, Captain Charles Durant wrote of the Sisters’ invaluable contributions during the Spanish Flu in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Adrienne Weseman, who passed away on April 24, 2020

Our lives have changed. Some people wonder if we can ever go back to the way things were. Pope Francis reminds us that God in His love, walks with us through these difficult times. We have hope because God never leaves us.

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.

Sister Anne Cecilia Coxen

April 27, 2020

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Anne Cecilia Coxen, who passed away on April 11, 2020

Sister Linda Soucek, or aka Dr. Soucek, is a practicing clinical psychologist in Louisville, Kentucky. In her early years, she was an elementary school teacher for twelve years and an elementary school principal for five years.