Carol said, “Julie’s presence and spirit are very much alive here in NDSJ. It is a joy to be a part of this Notre Dame Learning Community.”
As a member of SND Base Communities, Carol represented her Unit this past year on the U.S. Sister Dorothy Stang 15th Anniversary Social Media Team. In her free time Carol volunteers with Village Harvest, a Bay Area organization that harvests fruit year round. Rather than seeing it go to waste, the group then donates it to local Food Banks.
Carol was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, attended Regina High School staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Coesfeld and entered the community after high school. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from Saint John College of Cleveland and subsequently a Masters in Religious Studies, she taught and provided adult education in various elementary schools and parishes in Ohio and Florida. After joining the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Boston, Carol was director of parish Religious Education programs in Massachusetts.
She earned a second degree at the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California where she received an MA in Environmental Justice and Spirituality. “This was a life-altering experience, both for a new global perspective and a significant shift in understanding the connections within the created universe in which we live,” Carol said. It was during this program that Carol met Sister Dorothy Stang, a well-loved participant in the program, and that relationship remained strong until Dorothy’s martyrdom.
During her twelve years of teaching high school in Westfield, Massachusetts, Carol provided weekend retreats in the Berkshires for various groups from high school/college age to adults. The focus of these times was on the importance of learning, experiencing, and acting on behalf of environmental sustainability, raising personal consciousness about ecological responsibility and reverence for Creation.
A new phase of her life began when an opportunity arose for a position in a formal educational environment and Carol joined the faculty and staff of Notre Dame, San Jose. The legacy of Notre Dame, San Jose reaches back to 1851 when the California Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded the College of Notre Dame. “This is a school rich in its heritage and history, Carol said. “As in all of our schools across the world, this is where home is to Saint Julie’s vision of diversity, innovation, education, and trust in the goodness of God and one another.”