Becoming a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur
We invite women of all origins and backgrounds to consider religious life within our congregation. Becoming a vowed member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is a gradual process of mutual discernment.
Some thoughts on Discernment as A Way of Life
To discover and live God’s will … that which is Good, Real and True … is the purpose of discernment. Through personal discernment one discovers and is awakened to one’s true self, one’s true nature and identity in God.
Community is Our Place of Belonging and Purpose
We are women called and gifted by our Creator, drawn to this world-wide Notre Dame de Namur Community with others who share a similar spirit and vision, as seen in our founder, St. Julie Billiart. That spirit of simplicity and joy is evident in a wholehearted dedication of ourselves wherever we live and work.
Our Missionary Work
Our mission in Brazil opened in 1962 when five of our Sisters were missioned to the Northeastern State of Maranhao. That was the year I entered Notre Dame. As a Novice I expressed my desire to serve in Brazil because since childhood I felt called to a missionary vocation. After I taught school for six and a half years, I was missioned to Brazil. Though I loved the students I taught and the communities I lived in, the call I felt so deeply was being realized. You can’t imagine how happy I was!
Teach me to Pray
When we pray, we do not attempt to initiate a relationship with God! This relationship already exists. Given we live in grace, we share in the very life of God, for this is what grace is.