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Prayer of the Woods: I am the heat of your hearth on the cold winter nights, the friendly shade screening you from the summer sun, and my fruits are refreshing draughts, quenching your thirst as you journey on.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Adopt-a-Sister Program, which in years past teamed up 25 to 30 Sisters with approximately 100 students from Cincinnati's all-girl Mount Notre Dame High School, has been paused because of the ongoing pandemic.

As we head into Earth Day weekend, I'd like to update you with the progress we have reached so far in the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform.

Prayer. Service. Community. These are the hallmarks of Live The Good. Prayer returns us to the present moment, away from the never-ending stream of thoughts that often fly through our heads like runaway trains. It quiets our hearts and turns our attention to the faithfulness and goodness of God.

Earth Day should be EVERY DAY. This is our only planet. We are the ones who need to care for it.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Learning Lab in Cincinnati is moving into Phase Two of its mission to assist in the provision of electricity and clean water to the Sisters’ Africa missions, schools and hospitals while building the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills (STEM skills) of students in the United States.

It is the Franciscan tradition to care for creation because it is creation that cares for us. It’s a mindset of both Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi. In recognition of both of these Francis', I invite you to pray St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun (at right) as we strive to make clean water a reality for all.

Sisters get along. They work in the trenches, they discern, they discuss, they find what Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Joan Burke calls "a common mind." It's true in Cincinnati, in Africa, in Latin America. And it's true at the United Nations, where Sister Joan, twenty years ago, became the Sisters' first non-governmental organization (NGO) representative, serving eight years in an advisory role to the world body's Economic and Social Council.

The most significant project that is taking place at Pelende, Democratic Republic of Congo is the refurbishment of the water system.

It’s spring! I thought we could continue our spring thinking. Last week we talked about avoiding bee killing pesticides. I wanted to add another thought to help you save our pollinators.

From the Global Sisters Report: The coronavirus pandemic brought about a near-instant change to the use of videoconferencing to conduct business heretofore done in person. As a result, the word Zoom, with an uppercase "Z," has become both a noun and a verb. But after two years of the pandemic, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur developed yet another imaginative use of Zoom. The congregation conducted its leadership transition process entirely via Zoom.

Please join the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as we celebrate World Water Day this week. World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe drinking water including those our Sisters serve in Africa and Latin America. The theme of World Water Day 2022 is Groundwater— Making The Invisible Visible.

It’s spring! It’s spring! Many of us are excited to get outside, clean up our yards, plant flowers and kill bugs and weeds. Ever heard of a Neonicotinoid. Sounds like a horrible medical condition, doesn’t it?

Please join the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as we celebrate World Water Day this week. World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe drinking water including those our Sisters serve in Africa and Latin America. The theme of World Water Day 2022 is Groundwater— Making The Invisible Visible.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province has responded to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Action Platform by creating the Dorothy Stang Initiative for Laudato Si’ Action. While in the process of gathering data from sisters, associates, staff, donors and others in our circle, we were reminded that all steps we take are important - both big and small. We therefore introduce Your Little Bit of Good, a short weekly one-pager that focuses on some aspect of the environment. It is an attempt to bring forward small things we can do.

In September 2021, plans were developed to upgrade the water system at Lemfu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur invite you to join us in an international campaign to pray for an end to the violence in Ukraine.

In July 2021, the upgrade to the photovoltaic system at Kinsaku, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was completed.

2022 Lenten Appeal:

Her Own Personal Lent...

March 4, 2022

She was in her 20s, nine months pregnant, desperate to help her young family. They lived in poverty. Real poverty. Not enough rent, not enough food, not enough heat. Among them there was no path forward. They had no education, no training, no capital of any kind. The baby was coming due as a clock ticking, the pandemic felling people left and right, hunger and cold knocking at their own thin door.

Our Journey with Christ

Join Sister Patricia Bennett, SNDdeN as she journeyed with Christ through the 14 Stations of the Cross.

In December 2021, the water system at Kitenda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) became operable.

Imago Earth Center Logo

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur invite you to join our community as we care for creation at Imago. Committed to the preservation of urban nature, this ecological education organization is rooted in the concept that living in harmony with the natural world is not only good for our planet, but for the good of ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Sister Joanne Schneberger, SNDdeN

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Joanne Schneberger, SNDdeN who passed away on February 11, 2022

Sister Phyllis Braniff, SNDdeN

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur ask for prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Phyllis Braniff, SNDdeN who passed away on January 31, 2022

Sister Carol just returned from a 30-year ministry in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We sat down with her to hear about her stories ministering to young women in both countries.