Making Known God's Goodness

Passing the Torch and Beginning A New Chapter


After ten years as the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Education Center for Women and Children in the La Savane neighborhood in Les Cayes, Haiti, Sister Jeannette Pierre-Louis passed the torch to Mariana Sanon, who assumed the role of Executive Director at a formal ceremony in December, 2020. 

A Special Celebration

God is Good!  On November 15, the entire Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School community (students, faculty, staff, Board, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, friends, family, donors and more!) surprised President, Sister Maryalyce Gilfeather, with a special Mass and Tribute celebration for her 50th Jubilee with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur! What a special moment for students to witness the renewal of her vows as well as those of Sister Marie Prefontaine (also celebrating 50 years), Sisters Catherine O’Brien and Judy Ward, who are both celebrating 60 years of ministry! 

Religious Formation Council and the 2021 Mary Emil Penet IHM Award

On November 6, 2021, Sister Mary Johnson, SNDdeN received the 2021 Mary Emil Penet IHM Award at the Religious Formation Conference. This award recognizes “those who have made a significant contribution to formation ministry. It honors one who demonstrates a substantial commitment to and investment of energy and insight into the formative journey of religious sisters and brothers.” (RFC)

Hope for the Holidays

In this season, and every season, we are so very grateful for our community of people that are integral to the work that we do. We are excited to be closing out our 29th year as an organization and hopeful for what our 30th year as Notre Dame Mission Volunteers has in store.  We’d like to share a little hope with you this holiday season as well...

Annual Meeting of the Women of Color

The SNDdeN Women of Color in the U.S. held their annual meeting virtually on November 13. This is the second year they have had their meeting in virtual format due to the regulations and restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

A little history - In 1980, African American sisters started gathering. Sister Peggy Loftus, on behalf of the CLT, invited the African American sisters to gather to discuss issues concerning the group, and support each other. Sister Peggy asked them to prepare an annual budget for this purpose. In 1983 Hispanic sisters gathered as well.

Spinning the Web of Life

Base Communities joined Catholics around the world and launched our seven-year Laudato Si commitment during a Zoom Gathering on November 14. When Barbara Lake and Sisters Teresa Murphy, Eucharia Madueke, Maura Browne met in Virginia to consider the issues around Laudato Si, we were inspired by a spider who spent five weeks spinning her web on the window on the farm house in Virginia. We took as a theme “ Spinning the Web of Life,” as a way of recognizing that we are interdependent on planet earth. The intersections among all areas of life, human and planetary, need nourishment and strengthening. Pope Francis called us to “bring the whole human family together...for we know things can change” {Laudato Si 13). In that spirit we adopted the partially spun web as a symbol of the work that lays before us.

Base Communities opted to reserve early 2022 to write our formal statement of commitment regarding Laudato Si in order to keep it in harmony with our commitments to the Chapter Acts as we live our “One and Only Lives” in the coming years.

Global Education Project – Laudato Sí

The Notre Dame Global Education Forum, overseen through our Notre Dame Sponsorship Office, provides an opportunity for our Notre Dame schools to collaborate across continental borders.

The first Global Education project revolves around Climate, using Laudato Si as a road map. Twelve schools from the US, the UK and Nigeria are working together to create actions that the schools can carry out locally next April around Earth Day.

The Tragedy of Targeting Girls and Boys Under the Age of Eighteen

Under the radar of reports about the pandemic worldwide are the alarming numbers of those children trafficked for sex and for work.  The United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking Newsletter (USCSAHT), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) all prompt urgent questions such as the following:

Julie Banner

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