Sister Loreta Jordan was born in Philadelphia and grew up as an only child with her Mom and a lot of love and support. "I always had good friends in school and in the neighborhood, but I always wished I had sisters and brothers with me. Surely this interest in community led me to consider the sisterhood."
When Sister Loreta was a student at Little Flower High School, which was staffed by nine orders of Catholic sisters, she discovered Saint Julie when she had to unexpectedly fill in for a classmate and give a presentation. She obtained a pamphlet describing the SNDdeN order and prepared for the talk. From that pamphlet, read on the trolley, the rest is her history. "I was so taken with Saint Julie’s story."
Determined to serve the Hispanic community, Sisters Nancy Wellmeier and Olivia Pacheco continue their ministries in various locations and by ZOOM in Mesa, Arizona. Meeting immigrants at a nearby parish, they resumed free in-person classes in English and citizenship, while following required protocol for each student and record keeping for the parish. If Covid cases rise, another lock-down could cancel classes. Using the Mesa convent carport, Sister Nancy helps people apply for citizenship and for green card renewals. She is also completing some cases, started years ago, for family reunification.
We rejoice with Sister Vivien Echekwubelu, recently highlighted in a Global Sisters Report for her outstanding dedication to Covid-19 patients at Saint Agnes Hospital. Vivien has been immersed in healing ministries since she was a child and has fought the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria as she is now fighting Covid-19 here in Baltimore.
On Saturday, October 17, 2020 the Sisters at Julie House in Connecticut celebrated 580 combined years of generous service in religious life. This included four who entered 70 years ago and five who entered 60 years ago.
We moved to a new school building/campus in Methuen, Massachusetts - just a short distance from our original school building in Lawrence. The word grateful does not even begin to describe how we feel about this new move! The many donors who supported our first round of funding (like the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur — thank you!) and the volunteers who helped us transition to our new campus will always hold a very special place in our hearts!
A startling question is heard in America these days: “When will your family run out of food?”
We might just be at the beginning of a world hunger pandemic. One cause is environmental disasters. Though the U.S. has not experienced desert locusts or armed conflicts, we know that wild fires, flooding and hurricanes have caused people to lose homes and livelihoods.
This year, Notre Dame AmeriCorps members are fulfilling their calls to service in truly unprecedented ways. Members are needed more than ever to supplement programming in schools and community centers.
Students are struggling to stay engaged, teachers are balancing new challenges and guidelines, and parents are tending to their at-home students. At some service sites the role of the member has remained the same as years past, but for others the daily duties have greatly shifted to meet the needs of the community
In deference to the current quarantine restrictions, many Ohio Associates renewed their Associate Commitments and welcomed seven new Associates in one of three services held on September 12, the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.
Nineteen Associates in Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, D.C. and Pennsylvania gathered via Zoom with the Georgia Associates and Sisters at Villa Julie Residence in Stevenson, Maryland.