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Spotlight On: Trinity at 125 — Moving Forward in the 21st Century


In 1897, when the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Trinity College, Catholic colleges did not admit women. Catholic women who were able to aspire to higher education, therefore, turned to colleges like Vassar, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr. Sisters Julia McGroarty and Mary Euphrasia Taylor, Trinity’s founders, were determined to create a Catholic college alternative for women in Washington, DC.

When I Was in Prison, You Visited Me

A simple request led Sister Marietta Fritz on an unimagined journey. In the 1970’s, Marietta was teaching math and physics at Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio. Involved in prison ministry, a sister in the community invited Marietta and others to write to those in jail. Marietta said, “This was the hook!”  She also began visiting those jailed in Dayton. In 1984, after eighteen years of teaching, she became a chaplain at Saginaw, Michigan’s County Jail. One day she offered a ride home to a young woman, just released from jail. With a far-away look, the woman said, “Someone will be around,” forecasting her return to the streets, to the same crimes and to prison. Marietta knew her new mission.

Reconnecting with a Heritage School

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur opened a school in Folsom, California in 1962.  The school, first just two classrooms, was built in the middle of open land in the small town, a suburb of Sacramento.  The town and neighborhoods have grown up around the school which expanded in its early years and now serves about 350 students.

The current principal, Keith Martin and his vice-principal, Deirdre O’Connor, came to Belmont last March to see what was in the CA our archives in anticipation of celebrating the school’s 60th anniversary of founding. 

Celebrating Jubilees at Julie House

“Let Your Light Shine” – and so it did at Julie House on Sunday, October 2, 2022 as sisters, associates, families and friends celebrated the 60 and 70 year Jubilarians! The festivities began with a liturgy at 11 a.m. with Fr. Rene Butler, MS serving as presider. Carol Smith, Julie House Administrator, welcomed everyone who then began singing the entrance hymn, “The Summons”: “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?” Seventy years ago Sisters Catherine (Katie) Perroni and Margaret (Maggie) McCarthy said, “Yes, I will go” followed ten years later by sixtieth year Jubilarians Sisters Margaret Philip Coffey and Roberta Rzeznik.

The Network Continues to Grow

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps is grounded in a strong sense of community and connectedness.  As a new service year begins, we have welcomed new members to the 2022-2023 cohort as well as new NDMVA staff members.  This staff’s commitment to NDMVA’s mission has already helped us recruit and expand our network so we can continue to do amazing work with our communities across the country

Cultivating Gratitude

The month of November always seems to focus on two things: pumpkin spice everything and being thankful. In the last several years, I find the attitude of gratitude to be difficult to attain. Vitriolic politics, environmental degradation, racism, and the many other social issues we face, can overwhelm us all. As wars continue and inflation rises, each of us struggles a bit more each day. How can we practice gratitude in the midst of so much uncertainty?

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