Sister Christine Elizabeth Allen (1929-2020)

Sister Christine was born in Somerville as Isabelle Rose Allen, daughter of Charles and Bella (Doherty) Allen. She graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Somerville. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a concentration in Mathematics. She later earned a master's degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Sister Christine entered the

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Sister Barbara Barry

June, 2019 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." – John 17:3 Fifty years ago this summer we experienced a manned moon landing and the canonization of a peasant woman from Cuvilly, France.  I was eighteen and had just made the

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Sr. Catherine Louise Beauregard

Sister Catherine Louise Beauregard was born Gloria Rita Beauregard in Lowell, MA, to parents William and Catherine (McKenzie) Beauregard. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sr. Catherine Louise. She took her first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. She served as teacher and in the

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Sister Judianne Beltz

"Glory be to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine." Ephesians 3:20 Judianne Beltz grew up in Springfield, Mass. with her parents and older sister Marijane. She went to public schools and attended catechism classes taught by Sisters of St. Joseph. Her mother was Catholic and

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Sister Mary Ann Boretti

"Of his fullness, we've all had a share, love following upon love." John 1:16 "Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror." Rainer Maria Rilke,"Go to the Limits of Your Longing." With a Belgian heritage and a mother named Julie, Sister Mary Boretti seemed almost predestined to become a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.

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Sister Marietta Thomas Brown

"Have courage and confidence in God." -St. Julie Billiart Sister Marietta Brown is a native of Boston, Mass. who received her early education in public school, then happily enrolled in Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. Here she met our sisters and it did not take her long to fall in love with St.

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Sr. Gemma Julie (Genevieve Julie) Buggle

Sister Gemma was born Dorothy Gemina Buggle in Dublin, Ireland. Her parents were Joseph and Dorothy (Barnewall) Buggle. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960 ,taking the name Genevieve Julie. She took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. Sister Gemma Julie's Ministries Educator 1964-66 St. Mary School,

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Sister Eileen Burns

Sister Eileen Burns is a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's U.S. East-West Province. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and master's in ministry with a focus in justice and peace from Seattle University. She lives in community in Lawrence,

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Sister Janet (James Adele) Cahill

Janet Cahill grew up in a family of six. Her father was a travelling salesman and part-time football official, and while he was away her mother held down the fort in the Philadelphia suburb where they lived. Janet appreciated her parents' loving relationship and always felt that they understood her. Her first encounter with the

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Sr. Sheila Callaghan (1937-2020)

Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan passed away at the Kaplan House in Danvers, MA, early Saturday morning, February 1st, 2020, after a very brief illness. The beloved daughter of Irish immigrants, the late William and Julia (Lucey) Callaghan, Sr. Sheila was born in Boston, one of four children. Raised and educated in Roslindale, she was a

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Sister Rose Casey

"Time – O Lord, how swiftly it seems to fly. Thank you for reminding me that there is time enough for what You have planned for my life." The above favorite quote was offered by Sister Rose Casey. And to quote herself, "It's hard to believe that it has been 60 years, with very positive

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Sister Maureen Casey

"I am profoundly touched by the kindness of our Good God and I encourage all of you to have a boundless confidence in the Good God and to seek the Good God in everything." – St. Julie Billiart I was the oldest of seven children and loved being part of a large family. In high

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Sr. Kathleen Therese Cassidy

Sister Kathleen Therese was born Mary Cassidy in Portland, Maine, to parents John and Virginia (Ellis) Cassidy. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1960, took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. Sister lives in Ipswich, MA. Sister Kathleen Therese's Ministries Educator 1967-68 Our Lady of the Presentation School, Brighton,

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Sister Mary Jane (St. Anthony) Cavallo

"The Lord has done great things for me." – Luke 1:49 I am the youngest of five children born to Anthony and Isabelle (Dwyer) Cavallo. My dad was born in Calabria, Italy, and mom in St. John, Newfoundland, Canada. We say we are Gaelic and Garlic! My parents were hard workers sustained by their deep

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Sister Patricia Chappell

Sister Patty is a native of New Haven, Conn. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social work, then a master's from Catholic University of America's National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, D.C. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1977 after years as a community organizer. Sister Patty

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Sr. Nancy Citro

Sr. Nancy Citro was born in Cambridge and grew up in Somerville, MA. Sr. Nancy entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1979. She is currently Pastoral Associate of St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, in Charlestown, MA.  

Sr. Karen (Ignatius) Coakley

Sister Karen was born in Springfield, MA, to parents  John and Josie (Murray) Coakley. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Sr. Ignatius. She took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. Sister is now retired, and volunteers as a tutor at the Notre Dame

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Sr. Leonore Coan

Sister Leonore Coan resides in Massachusetts. She is the Mission Support Director for the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. In this position, she develops resources for unfunded and underfunded ministries of the Congregation. In her present ministry, Sr. Leonore delights in telling of our Sisters in ministry across the world. She

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Sister Josita Colbert

Sister Josita Colbert is a lifelong educator, champion for vocations outreach and a person who has spent her entire life working for justice and equality for the Black Community and People of Color. She has been a member of several Civil Rights groups throughout her ministry is on the boards of several organizations including the

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Sr. Barbara (Barbara St. George) Collins

Sister Barbara was born in Somerville, MA, to parents Frank and Dorothy (Eagan) Collins and has two siblings. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Barbara St. George. Sr. Barbara earned degrees from Emmanuel College in history and education, a master's degree in religious education/pastoral ministry from Fairfield

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Sr. Patricia Conner (1949-2020)

Sister Patricia Joy Conner, 71, died Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester, MA. Sister Pat was born in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of Samuel H. and Maud (Quinn) Conner. She grew up and spent many summers on Long Island, Maine. She graduated in 1967 from Ridgewood High School in

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Sister Marie St. Barbara Connolly

Sister Marie St. Barbara was born Kathleen Joan Connolly and baptized at St. Joseph Church in Somerville. She was one of nine children. Theirs was a happy home and when "Kay" began to sense her call to religious life, she asked her mother—who told her to ask her father—and they concluded that they were not

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Sr. Mary Michael Connolly

Sister Mary Michael Connolly was born Loretta Ann Connolly in Woburn, MA, to parents were John and Mary (Kelley) Connolly. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, takikng the name Sr. Mary Michael. She took her first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. She taught in East Boston, Lynn

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Sr. Judith Cooper

"I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete." – John 15:11 I was an only child, but lived on street that had lots of other kids so I had a fun extended family. After going to public school for six years, in 7th grade

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Sister Mary Corripio

Sr. Mary Corripio was born and raised in Louisiana through high school. She decided that she wanted a Catholic women's education when she went to college, and decided to attend the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University). After college, she went to Japan to teach English for a year,

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Sister Marion William Cotty

Carol Marie Cotty was born in Winthrop, Mass. An only child, she lived with her parents William and Mabel. She had an aunt and a cousin who were already Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur so it was no surprise when she joined them by entering in Waltham, Mass. in 1951. When she went into

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Sister Ruth (Richard) Creedon

I was taught by the Sisters starting in the first grade and was in Notre Dame schools from 7th to 12th. I had a great devotion to prayer and the idea of joining the Sisters was with me even when I was young. I entered Notre Dame right after high school in 1959. My daily

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Sister Mary Rose Crowley

"Better mistakes than paralysis!" is a favorite quote by St. Julie Billiart of Sister Mary Rose Crowley, who celebrated her 60th Jubilee year in 2021. Gratitude is her theme song. She grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with her two older brothers and her parents. Her father worked at the Post Office and her mother

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Sister Margaret "Peggy" Cummins

Sister Margaret Cummins entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1967. She served for many years at Bakhita House, a safe house for survivers of human trafficking – "a home where love heals." About her work there, she says: "Sometimes, this was as simple as noticing and honoring the women's presence — vowing

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Sr. Theresa (Rose Frances) Cunningham

Sister Theresa Cunningham was born in Wext Roxbury, MA, to parents Francis and Rose (Branley) Cunningham. She had eight siblings. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1945, taking the religious name Sr. Rose Frances. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and History from Emmanuel College and a master's in educational

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Sister Denise (Ann Denise) Curry

My mother and her sister were Sisters of Notre Dame. My mother returned home with her father on the first visiting day – Waltham to Philadelphia. But the seed had been sown. My aunt, Sister Bernard Dougherty, lived to a ripe old age; we even lived in community together. In 1958 I graduated from Rittenhouse

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Sister Harriet (Harriet Christine) Cutting

"God is good."-St. Julie Billiart "I am the Way, the Truth and the Light."-John 14:6 Harriet Cutting was born and raised in Waltham, Mass. She was the youngest of five children, but because her sibling closest in age was sixteen years older than she, Harriet found herself mostly among adults. She never attended Catholic schools,

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Sister Ellen (Mary Jude) Dabrieo

"My soul proclaims your greatness, O God! My heart rejoices in you, my Savior, because you have showered your servant with blessing!" –Luke 1:46-48 I am the tenth child born into a family of six girls and six boys. We all went to the local Parish school staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Throughout

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Sister Edie Daly (1948-2021)

Sister Edith Huot Daly was born in Milton, Mass. to Bernard R. and Mary L. (Gordon) Daly. "Edie" graduated from Cambridge High & Latin School. She proceeded to earn her bachelor's degree from Boston College and master's degree in Education Counseling from Boston State College. She entered the Sisters in 1979 and professed her perpetual

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Sister Thérèse (Tracy) Dill

Sister Thérèse (Tracy) Dill entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on September 12, 1965 at Ilchester, Maryland. On the occasion of her 50th Jubilee in 2015, she shared the following: The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur were a total, wonderful surprise in my life! As the third of Alma and Irving Dill's

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Sister Mary (Patrick Mary) Donohue

"Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you by your name. You are mine." Isaiah 43: 1 Sister Mary's journey to this point in her life began in Brooklyn where she and her brother were born and raised, attending Saint Catherine of Genoa School, staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame

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Sister Julie Donovan (1936-2021)

Sister E. Julie Donovan, SNDdeN was born in Boston, Mass., daughter of John H. and Evelyn M. (Baum) Donovan. She attended St. Lazarus School in East Boston. After graduating in 1954 from Fitton High School in East Boston, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, where she was known as Sister Julie David for

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Sister Linette Doucette

"Live with the life of Jesus, love with his heart, think with his mind, act with his strength." -Françoise Blin de Bourdon (Spiritual Advice # 2) Born in Waterville, Maine, Linette enjoyed a happy childhood as one of seven children, "Thanks to hard working parents and an outdoor environment that gave the children many opportunities

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Sr. Loretta Dwyer

Sister Loretta Dwyer entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956. She is currently retired, and serves as a volunteer tutor at the Notre Dame Educational Center in Worcester, MA.

Sister Vivien Echekwubelu

Vivien Echekwubelu was born in Nigeria. She worked as a nurse in Nigeria, later coming to the United States to study for a degree in nursing. Sister Vivien entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 2007, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2020, Sister Viven wrote the following reflection, which was published in

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Sister Janet Eisner

Sister Janet Eisner is the current president of Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the longest currently serving female president of a college in the United States and the longest current serving president of a Catholic college or university. The eldest of four children, Janet grew up in Lynn, Mass. She entered the Sisters

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Sister Barbara Ann (aka Bobby) English

Sister Barbara Ann English, born in Upper Darby and raised in Media, Pennsylvania, is a proud graduate of Notre Dame High School in Moylan, Pennsylvania. After graduation she decided to enter the convent. Her favorite teacher was Sister Joseph Mary Donohue whom she admired for her pedagogical skills, her humor and her easy-going way. She

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Sr. Peggy (Rose Christopher) Evans

Sister Peggy (Margaret) was born in East Hartford, CT on November 25, 1942, to parents Christopher and Rosella (Maguire) Evans. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Sr. Rose Christopher. She took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. She currently serves in the Guidance

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Sr. Joan (Julie St. John) Farley

Sister Joan was born in Worcester, MA, to parents John and Emma (Vachon) Farley. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the religious name Sr. Julie St. John. She took her first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. Sister celebrated her 70th year as a Sister of Notre

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Sr. Mary Farren

Sister Mary was born in Boston, MA,  to parents Cornelius and Mary (Linehan) Farren. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1970, and took her first vows in 1973. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's U.S. East-West Province.  

Sister Jo-Ann (RIchard Clare) Flora

"If the only prayer you say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice." – Meister Eckhart Thank you! For my family who welcomed me into the world on February 2, 1942, rooted me in God and encouraged coloring outside the lines. For SND second mothers at Rittenhouse Square, who nurtured and empowered

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Sister Betsy (Mary Thomas) Flynn

Sister Betsy Flynn (formerly Sr. Mary Thomas) is the daughter of Thomas James and Mary Jane Hungerford Flynn. Her mother was widowed at a very young age. Betsy and her younger brother Tom grew up experiencing abundant love in the larger family of their grandparents and cousins. In this home, all contributed to the household

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Sister Mary Friel

Sister Mary Friel entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963. After serving as an educator for many years, she is now retired and volunteering as a docent at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Sr. Anne Gabrielle Gagnon

Edna Gabrielle-Anne Gagnon was the second oldest of the four girls born to Ida and Côme Gagnon. Her sister Lorraine was two years older than Anne, and they were good companions to each other. Yvette was four years younger; Helene was born several years later and completed the family. Anne remembers a happy childhood in

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Sister Marjorie (William Katherine) Gallagher

Born and raised in Chester, Pa. and Parkside, Pa., I am the daughter of William and Katherine Fedina Gallagher (both deceased), and ninth of 11 children. Of my six sisters and four brothers, three sisters and two brothers are still living. After attending Resurrection and St. Michael Schools in Chester, Pa. I finished at Our

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Sister Kathleen Gallivan

Sister Kathleen grew up in a Catholic neighborhood and attended Notre Dame schools for 12 years before entering the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1964. Sister Kathleen has been engaged in a variety of ministries over the years. Her graduate studies include a Master of Divinity degree and a doctoral degree in Pastoral Psychology. Some

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Sister Maryalyce Gilfeather

"We exist for the poor, only the poor, absolutely only the poor."-St. Julie Billiart (Letter #86) By the time Maryalyce was 13 years old, she and her family had lived in six different states and attended seven different schools. These many moves brought her family together in a wonderful bond of love. She loved her

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Sister Bárbara Gutiérrez

Sister Bárbara is a native of Mexico City. She worked as a business consultant in Mexico before accepting a job offer in the United States. She continued to work in consulting and human resources in different states before entering religious life. Since entering the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sister Bárbara has worked in

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Sister Kathleen (Eleanor Patricia) Haughey

The ThreadSomething is very gently,Invisibly, silently,pulling at me–a thread …a stirring of wonder makes mecatch my breath when I feelthe tug of it … Denise Levertov Kathleen Haughey entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sister Eleanor Patricia. At the time of her 70th Jubilee as a Sister, she

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Sister Carol (Leo Patrice) Hood

"Love each other as I have loved you." – John 15:12 I am one of nine children–the oldest girl and with that came a lot of responsibilities for my younger siblings. We had a very happy childhood in the '40s and '50s that included playing in the streets! I enjoyed playing sports, such as baseball

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Sister Ann Irene Howard

"I was raised to be a wife and mother, I discovered along the way that I was born to be a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur." When I came into the family, my parents were married 10 years and were already raising two boys and a girl. My birth caused an addition to be

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Sister Mary Johnson

"Better mistakes than paralysis."-St. Julie Billiart I was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the older daughter of Irish immigrants of deep faith and love of learning. My sister and I grew up in a wonderful parish, Sacred Heart, and were educated there by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for 12 years. We both attended

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Sister Edithann Kane

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Edithann met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Washington, D.C. when her father was stationed there. From 5th to 12th grade, the SNDdeN's were the primary influence (after her family) on her life. Edithann entered the community at Ilchester, Maryland on September 2, 1962 and made her final

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Sister Raymond Loretta Kelley

"God loves the simple heart who tries her hardest." St. Julie Billiart Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30 Born Claire Kelly in Bedford, Indiana,

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Sister Clare (Agnes Therese) Kelly

'One single thing at a time and leave the rest in the heart of the good God.-St. Julie Billiart Sister Clare was born and grew up in the Roslindale section of Boston. A daughter of John and Mary Waldron Kelly, Irish immigrants, she was the sixth of nine children. Even in their early years, she

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Sr. Alice St. Joseph Kenney

"I believe you, Lord, will bring to completion what you have begun in me." – Philippians 1:6 I come from a loving, caring, hard-working Irish family and was blessed to have the Sisters of Notre Dame as my educators and mentors from grades 1 through 12. Their care, dedication and availability were very influential in

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Sr. Bernice King

Sister Bernice King entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1952. Sister is retired, and a poet and is involved with the Sisters' choir. Click here to watch a video of Sr. Bernice speaking about how she copes with the Covid-19 pandemic and does what she can to help others.  

Sr. Margaret (Margaret John) Lanen

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.'" – John 14:6 I was born in Lawrence, MA, to faith-filled parents – Margaret and John – the third child in a family with one brother and one sister. Having attended Notre Dame schools from first grade to sophomore year at Emmanuel College,

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Sister Germaine Loiselle (1922-2020)

Sister Germaine went peacefully home to her Good God on July 6, 2020, supported in prayer by her devoted Sisters in Community at the Notre Dame Convent at Ipswich, MA, by the dedicated staff of the St. Julie Billiart Residential Care Center, and by her loving family and friends. She was born Doris Simone Loiselle

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Sister Julie Cecilia Lyver (1929-2021)

Sister Julie Cecelia was born Mary E. Lyver in Somerville, Mass. to parents Francis W. and Margaret (O'Neill) Lyver. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on February 2, 1948 in Waltham, Mass. Sister Julie earned her BA in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College, as well as an MA in Education from Salem

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Sister Monica Daniel Madden

"Better mistakes than paralysis." -St. Julie Billiart As the youngest child of Monica and Daniel Madden, I arrived eight years after my brother, Danny, on my sister Maureen's tenth birthday. When I was five years old I was introduced to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at St. Joseph's School in Somerville, Mass. It

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Sister Edna (Marie Bernadette) Maier

You show me the path for my life, in your presence the fullness of joy …" Psalm 16, verse 11 The seed of Edna Maier's desire for religious life was planted early on in her childhood. She thought when she entered the convent immediately after high school that it was a "fait accompli" that she

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Sr. Anne Malone

I was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Roslindale. I had two brothers and a sister. My father died when I was seven, and my mother was left to raise the four of us. Her faith has been a gift to each of us. I had a deep connection to the Sisters of

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Sr. Ellen McAdam

Sister Ellen McAdam is a Junior High Math, Science, and Religion teacher at St. Patrick School and Educational Center in Lowell, MA. Currently, she is working on her Masters Degree in Educational Technology at Central Connecticut State University. During her free time she likes to read, sing, and create things on the computer.  

Sister Jane (Anne St. Henry) McAndrews

Jane McAndrews was born in December 1932 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, Mass. From the first to the twelfth grade she attended St. Gregory's primary and secondary schools, which were staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. As Jane proudly states "I was educated all these years by the Sisters of Notre

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Sister Mary Alice McCabe

For more than four decades, Sister Mary Alice served as a missionary in the coastal region of Maceio in northeastern Brazil. She helped poor communities fight for their basic rights to land, education and healthcare. Sister Mary Alice is the author of the book, "Our Struggle Was a Sacred Struggle." The book, first published in

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Sister Alice (Alice Philip) McCourt

Sister Alice was born in Brighton, Massachusetts, one of four children of parents Philip and Alice Marie (Fitzgerald) McCourt. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Alice Philip. Sister Alice earned a bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College, where she studied history, economics and sociology, and earned a master's

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Sr. Margaret McCurdy (1928-2020)

Sister Margaret McCurdy died Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester. She was 91. Sister was born Alice Ruth in Cambridge, daughter of William F. and Margaret L. (Cullinane) McCurdy. She graduated from St. Mary of the Annunciation High School in Cambridge, and Emmanuel College with a combined English

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Sr. Marie Ann McDonald (1943-2020)

We pray in gratitude for the life of Sister Marie Ann McDonald who died on May 13, 2020 at the age of 73. Joyful simplicity, genuine concern, and faithful friendship are three of the gifts that Marie McDonald has shared with us in Notre Dame. As teacher (St. Mary of the Annunciation, Danvers; St Mary

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Sister Julie (Julie St. William) McDonough

Sister Julie McDonough was born Marilyn McDonough, the daughter of William and Ethel (Quinlin) McDonough. Growing up in Woburn, Massachusetts, Julie met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at her parish school. She loved the stories about St. Julie and felt attracted to the Sisters. After elementary school, Julie went to a public high

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Sister Mary McFadden (1930-1921)

Sister Mary hailed from the Philadelphia area, met our sisters at West Catholic High School and in 1948 joined the Congregation in Ilchester, Maryland. She was a proud member of the band known as the Violets and was ever ready to claim her Irish heritage. Sister Mary had a long and diverse ministry record in

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Sister Bernadette Mary McGrath (1926-2020)

Sister Bernadette Mary McGrath, SNDdeN, born in Lynn, MA, daughter of the late John J. McGrath and Margaret (McLaughlin) McGrath died peacefully October 23, 2020. She was the sister of the late Catherine (McGrath) Young and Margaret (McGrath) Murray and is survived by her sister Hannah (Ann McGrath) Blinn of Lynn, MA, as well as

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Sister Christine Julie McGuirk

"How good is the good God!"St. Julie Billiart Sister Christine Julie McGuirk had a happy childhood. She grew up in Cambridge, Mass., with her large family. She was one of a set of identical twins, but the family had another set of twin girls, another girl and a two boys. All are still living except

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Sister Agnes Rose McNally

Sister Agnes Rose was the eighth of nine children (five girls and four boys), born in Philadelphia to James P. McNally and Anna R. O'Hara, both from Pennsylvania. She remains in contact with many nieces and nephews from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Agnes was baptized and attended Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, elementary

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Sister Geraldine McPhee

For decades, Sister Geraldine served as Director of Child Care at the St. Jerome Child Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. SNDdeNs have served at St. Jerome Parish since 1914! She is a member of the board of directors of Sisters Academy in Baltimore, Md.

Sister Patricia McSharry

"Trusting God in all times and in all things."-St. Julie Billiart Patricia McSharry grew up in Milton, Mass, the eldest of six siblings. Her father was firefighter and her mother a homemaker. But there was another great influence in Pat's life—one of her grandmothers. Pat spent summers at her grandmother's home on Cape Cod. While

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Sr. Elaine McTaggart

"It's more virtuous to live with imperfect people than to live with saints." – St. Julie Billiart I was the youngest of four children and went to public school until my years at St. Gregory High School. It was there I knew I wanted to be a teacher and there I first met the Sisters

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Sister Barbara Metz

Sister Barbara Metz holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Arts in Theology from the University of San Francisco. In ministry, she has served in religious formation and renewal programs. She has many years of experience in teaching, school administration, retreat work and parish

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Sister Elizabeth Louise Michaels

Sister Elizabeth Michaels was born Jeannette L. Michaels in Brighton, Mass. to parents Fred and Elizabeth Theis Michaels. After graduating from Boston Latin School, she received a scholarship to Emmanuel College from Marie Glennon, a teacher at Boston Latin School who was one of the first graduates at Emmanuel. Marie paid the tuition of many

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Sr. Janet Margaret Mullen

Sister Janet was born in Framingham, MA to parents William and Mary (Mullens) Mullen. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1970, and took her first vows in 1973. She lives in Ipswich, MA. Sister Janet Margaret's Ministries Educator 1973-77 Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, MA 1977-79 St. Michael School, Hudson, MA 1979-1984

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Sister Irene (Eleanor William) Murphy

Sister Irene Murphy (formerly Sister Eleanor William) entered Notre Dame more than seventy years ago, in 1950, and she exudes the peace and joy of a happy and good life. Sister Irene witnesses to God's goodness alive in her and appreciated in others and in all creation. Clearly, Sister Irene is happy in her vocation,

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Sister Paul St. Katherine Murphy

Sister Paul was born Cornelia Ann Murphy in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to parents Cornelius and Nora Veronica (Duggan) Murphy. There were six children in her family, and of them one become a bishop, one a doctor and three became teachers. She met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when she attended Notre Dame Academy in

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Sr. Elizabeth (Immaculata) Murtagh

"The beauties of nature must lift up your soul to your Creator. You will look upon them spread before you like an open book." – St. Julie Billiart I am first generation Irish, the fifth child of hardworking parents. Our life was simple but we didn't lack for anything. We grew our own vegetables and

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Sister Anne-Louise Nadeau

Sister Anne Louise spent many years in higher education as campus minister, counselor, Director of the Personal Counseling Center and as Associate Dean of Students at Sacred Heart University, Bridgeport, Conn. She also served on the Connecticut Leadership Team as well as co-coordinator of the SND/USA Anti-Racism Team. She was Case Management Supervisor at My

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Sister Mary Grace Noble (1934-2021)

Sister Mary Grace was born in Boston as Carol Marie, daughter of Harold F. and Grace G. (Doherty) Noble. After graduating in 1951 from Our Lady of Presentation High School in Brighton, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Biology and Education.

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Sister Catherine (Michael Mary) O'Brien

"The spirit of the Lord is upon me to spread the good word."-Luke 4: 18-19Catherine says "That's what my life has been about." "Await everything from the good God and have endless confidence in him."-St. Julie BilliartCatherine says "My mother used to say 'All good will come to those who wait.'" Sister Catherine grew up

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Sister Kathleen (Mary Terrence) O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Sister Mary Terrence. On the occasion of her 60th Jubilee as an SNDdeN in 2020, Sister Kathleen wrote the following reflection: "I first met up with Sisters of Notre Dame in Kindergarten at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal School in

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Sister Maureen O'Brien

As a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 60 years, Sister Maureen has had the privilege of witnessing to Notre Dame's mission in the United States, Japan, Italy, the Philippines and shorter periods in Haiti and as a member of an educational team in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And for this, she is

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Sister Patricia O'Brien

I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and am the first born of six children with four brothers and one sister. I lived for ten years in Lowell, then my family moved to western Massachusetts. I came "back east" for college and attended Wellesley College. I was actively involved in campus ministry during my college years

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Sister Mary (Ellen St. Michael) O'Malley

Sister Mary O'Malley was born in Natick, Mass., to parents  Michael and Ellen (Norton) O'Malley. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the religious name Sister Ellen St. Michael. She took her first vows in 1953 and final vows in 1958. She later transferred to the Sisters' California Province. She

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Sister Marilyn (Pauline Marie) Pechillo

"Better mistakes than paralysis."-St. Julie Billiart Marilyn grew up in Baltimore and Stratford, Conn., and first met the Sisters of Notre Dame at Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, Conn. She had been interested in religious life and was attracted to the SNDdeN charism. She entered after graduation in 1961. Sister Marilyn went on to

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Sister Catherine Perry (1932-2020)

Sister Catherine Perry passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester, on the 68th anniversary of taking her vows. Sister Catherine was born in Worcester on February 27, 1932, daughter of Mitchell F. and Catherine H. (Bruneau) Perry. She graduated from Ascension High School in Worcester and

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Sister Jeannette Pierre-Louis

Sister Jeannette is a native of Haiti. For more than 10 years, she served as the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Family Education Center and its annex, the Basic Education Center in Les Cayes, Haiti. "We saw a need to teach reading, writing, math and self-development skills to women and families as well as

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Sister Marie Ann Prefontaine

"Go on moment by moment for this is the surest way of doing God's will." – St. Julie Billiart "I am the vine, and you are the branches. Without me, you can do nothing."– John 15:5 Sister Marie was born and raised in Dorchester, Mass., with a younger sister and brother. She attended St. Brendan Elementary

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Sister Gwynette Proctor

"God is good … all the time and all the time … God is good." Gwynette Proctor entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in August, 1980. On the occasion of her 40th Jubilee as a Sister she wrote the following reflection in 2020: "Born into the long-time Catholic culture of Southern Maryland, I

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Sister Rita (Leo Marie) Raboin

Rita was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge where she attended Notre Dame Schools and Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. In I962 she entered Notre Dame, and after teaching in Woburn and Salem, New Hampshire, was missioned to Brazil where she served for 36 years. Sister Rita returned to the United States

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Sr. Ellen (Joan St. Ann) Reilly

"Our idea of God's goodness is never comprehensive enough. It must make our hearts as wide as the world." – St. Julie Billiart I was the youngest of five children, born to Patrick and Anna (Sheehan) Reilly. My mother died in childbirth with the sixth child so dad had five children under the age of

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Sr. Rosemary Reynolds

Sister Rosemary Reynolds entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1973. She currently serves as Associate Director for Employment Partnerships at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.  

Sister Marna (Margaret George) Rogers

Sister Marna Rogers has taught in Notre Dame de Namur educational settings in Boston, Worcester, Peabody and Hawaii. After studies for specialized schools, she worked on the staff of Landmark School in Beverly and KaKawis, British Columbia. She also served in leadership for the Boston Province and at the Congregational Level in Rome. Following her

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Sr. Rosemarie Ryan (1939-2020)

Sister Rosemarie Ryan, 89, died Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Notre Dame Care Center in Worcester, MA. Sister Rosemarie was born in Cambridge, Mass. to John P. and Mary F. (Megan) Ryan on January 25, 1931. After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Cambridge, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

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Sister Roberta (Jude Stephen) Rzeznik

"Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with God." Micah 6:8 Sister Roberta was born in Massachusetts but spent her elementary school years in her father's hometown of Shenandoah, Pa. She was an only child until age 10 when she welcomed a baby sister. Roberta came from a loving family that enjoyed doing activities together. Her

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Sister Marie St. Joseph Santry

Sister Marie St. Joseph Santry was born Mary E. Santry in Lynn, MA, to parents Thomas and Annie (Egan) Santry. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Marie St. Joseph. She took her first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. Ministries Educator 1953-55  St. Mary School, Beverly,

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Sr. Virginia Scally

Sister Ginny Scally was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame in her home parish of St. Gregory's in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She joined them after graduating from high school. Like most SND's, her professional life began as a teacher in an elementary setting. Because of her involvement in the parish religious education programs in those

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Sister Louann Sciubba

Louann Sciubba entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in August, 1958. She currently lives in Catonsville, Md. On the occasion of her 60th Jubilee as a Sister, she wrote the following reflection in 2018: "When St. Therese of Lisieux read … "in the book of life I will teach you the science of

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Sister Janelle Sevier

"For from [the Word's] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." – John 1:16 I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one of four children. My mother and father met in the Navy, where they were pharmacist mates. My father was from Baton Rouge and my mother from New Bedford, Massachusetts. As a result

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Sister Catherine Timothy Shanahan

My twin brother, Paul, and I were born in our family home in Glenolden, Pa., where we lived until the age of three when our family move to Norwood, Pa, We lived there until I entered Notre Dame at Ilchester, Md. on August 12, 1951. Paul and I were number ten and eleven in a

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Sister Dianne (Mary Kenneth) Shaw

"Teach all that is necessary for life." -St. Julie Billiart I am the older of two children born in Lawrence, MA to Beatrice (Jeffrey) and Kenneth T. Shaw, with my brother, Ken being five years younger. Both of my parents were born in the U.S. while my maternal grandparents were immigrants from England. My dad's

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Sr. Kathleen (Kathleen Francis) St. John

Sister Kathy was born in Hartford, CT, to parents Marshall and Margaret Rose (Butler) St. John. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Kathleen Francis. She took her first vows in 1963. She lives in Windsor, CT. Sister Kathleen's Ministries Educator 1963-65 St. Boniface School, New Haven, CT

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Sr. Joanne Sullivan

Sister Joanne was born in Lowell, MA, to parents John and Ann (Sleison) Sullivan. She has one brother. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1970. Sister earned a degree in English and education from Salem State University and a master's degree in Counseling from Fairfield University. She lives in Andover, MA.

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Sr. Lorraine Tiani

Sr. Lorraine Tiani first met the Sisters of Notre Dame at age six when her parents enrolled her in St. Aloysius School in New Canaan, CT. She continued to be educated by the Sisters until receiving her B.A. in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She also discovered her propensity for languages which

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Sr. Teresa Trayers

Sister Teresa Trayers entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1948. In 2918, she was inducted into the Bishop Stang High School Hall of Honor, with the following description: Sister Teresa served Bishop Stang as a math teacher and guidance counselor from 1975 to 1998. Sister Teresa offered positive support to a generation

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Sister Julie Edwina Tucker

 "How good is the good God."-St. Julie Billiart Sister Julie Edwina Tucker was born Patricia Tucker in Springfield, Mass.,  the daughter of Albert and Julia (Sullivan) Tucker. She grew up in a loving family and her mother encouraged her to attend Sacred Heart High School, which was her alma mater. It was an easy choice

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Sr. Bernadette Turgeon

Sr. Bernadette Turgeon has been a Sister of Notre Dame for 62 years. She entered the SNDs in Waltham from Beverly and Andover, Massachusetts. Her first ministry was as a primary grade teacher in Massachusetts… After 14 years, she moved to New Hampshire and began her ministry as a Director of Religious Education and Youth

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Sr. Mary Jean Verbicky (1938-2020)

Sister Mary Jean Verbicky died Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester, at the age of 82. Sister Mary Jean was born Eleanor Jean in Lawrence, daughter of John and Emily (Suda) Verbicky and graduated in 1955 from St. Mary's High School in Lawrence. She graduated in 1963 from

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Sister Gillian Wallace

Sister Gillian is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Belmont and UC Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Cambridge University in England, and has been a member of the faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. On August 19, 2018, Gillian Wallace was accepted as a canonical novice into

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Sister Mary Louise (Shawn Maria) Walsh

"…To act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God."-Micah 6:8 Born in Worchester, Mass, into an Irish Catholic family, Mary Lou had three older brothers. Her mother chose a Notre Dame school for her children because she heard that they had the best teachers and Mary Lou fondly remembers the wonderful teachers.

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Sister Judith (Sean Marguerite) Ward

"Always act to the best of your ability and leave the rest to our good God."-St. Julie Billiart Born in a town outside of Boston, Judith was the youngest of three children. Throughout her early years she had many interactions with Sisters of different orders. She was educated in the parish Catholic school staffed by

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Sister Regina (Mary Richard) Whalen

Sister Regina Whalen was born in Dorchester, Mass., one of five children of parents Richard and Mary (Sheehan) Whalen. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sister Mary Richard. Sister Regina earned a bachelor's degree in history and English from Emmanuel College, a master's of education degree in

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