Sister Lois Marie Blessing (1937-2021)

Sister Lois Marie Blessing was a Baltimore native who was raised in St. Ursula Parish in Parkville, MD. She was the daughter of George A. and Marjorie F. (née McLean) Blessing. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in August 1957 and made her final vows in July 1965. She taught at St.

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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 Ellen (Julie Stephen) Agritelley

Sister Ellen was born  in New Britain, Conn., to parents Stephen and Gail (Contievello) Agritelley. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960, taking the name Julie Stephen. She took her first vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1968. In 2020, Sister Ellen celebrated 60 years as a Sister of Notre

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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 biggest

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Sr. Barbara Beauchamp

Sister Barbara Beauchamp entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955    

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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Sr. Marie St Henry Bedard (1929-2020)

Sister Marie was born in Salem with the given name Lorraine, daughter of the late Henry and Rachel (Brilliant) Bedard. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Lynn and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at age 18. She later graduated and from Emmanuel College in Boston in 1963 with a degree

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Remembering Sister Monica Belber (1943 – 2023)

Sister Monica Belber, SNDdeN, was born on February 18, 1943, in Middle VIllage, New York, to parents John and Lily Maceda. She entered on March 20, 2004, took her first vows on February 5, 2005, and final vows on February 2, 2008. Sister Monica earned her BS in Education from State University of New York

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Sister Judianne Beltz – 40-Year Jubilarian

"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 Marlene (Edward St. Anne) Biasiello

"Faith is having the courage to believe that God will do it before you see it." Sister Marlene Biasello (formerly Sister Edward St. Anne) entered religious life on August 11, 1957 at Ilchester, Maryland. On the occasion of her 60th Jubilee in 2017 she wrote the following: As the years go by it becomes easier

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Sister Claudia (Claudia Andre) Blanchette

"I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full." -John 10:10 Born and raised in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Claudia was encouraged by a high school teacher to apply to Emmanuel College in Boston. This serendipitous advice led her not only to apply, but to receive a scholarship and to meet

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Sister Mary Ann Boretti – 50-Year Jubilarian

"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 Ann (Ann Mildred) Brennan – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Ann and her older brother were raised in Milton, Mass. Their parents, Albert and Mildred (Davenport) Brennan wanted the children to have a Catholic education, so both attended St. Gregory School in Dorchester, where they were taught by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Sister Ann recalls that in the sixth grade one of

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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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Sr. Natalie Bussiere

Sister Natalie Bussiere entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956.  

Sr. Patricia (Maureen St. Patrick) Butler

Patricia, Pat or Patty, as friends and family called her, was born on August 4, 1944 in Boston, MA. She grew up in a small city called Chelsea about 25 minutes from metropolitan Boston. Growing up in a mixed Polish, Irish and Italian neighborhood was a gift. Being of Polish and Irish extraction herself she

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Sister Catherine St. John Byrne (1931 – 2020)

Sister Catherine St. John was born Anne Byrne, and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1949. While most Sisters were missioned to places geographically close to their province centers, Sister Catherine St. John served at schools in Massachusetts, Iowa, California and Hawaii. She spent 14 years in Hawaii and in 1959 was

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Sr. Carol Cahill

Sister Carol Cahill entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954   

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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Sr. Claire (Ann Bernadette) Callahan (1922-2020)

Sister Clare Callahan died Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester at the age of 98. Sister Claire was born in Boston, daughter of Michael D. and Julia A. (Duggan) Callahan. She graduated from St. Gregory's High School, Dorchester and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1939 as

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Sister Janice (Thomas Christina) Carmen

"How Good is the Good God!"  -St. Julie Billiart Sister Janice was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1943, joining her older sister, Joan. In her early years her mother worked in a factory and her father was a truck driver so she spent a great deal of time with her paternal grandparents. She credits her

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Sister Madeline (Madeline St. Charles) Carrabino

Growing up, Sister Madeline Carrabino's family meant the world to her.  Born Santa L. Carrabino in Brighton, Mass., she was blessed to have three siblings older and one younger, than she. Her brothers Joe and John were  13½ and 8½ years older, and her sister Mary was 11½ older. Younger brother Charlie was born four

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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 school

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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 Kathleen lives in Ipswich, MA. In 2022, she was awarded with a Cheverus Award medal by the

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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 faith.

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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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Sister Marie-Rose (Rose Pauline) Charpentier

"Pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and direct me in all my actions, that all may be done for the greater glory of God." – St. Julie I was the oldest of three children and learned to be responsible at an early age. When we were young our mother has serious health issues. We

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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. Eleanor Clancy

Sister Eleanor Clancy entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957  

Sister Mary (Catherine Angela) Clancy (1935-2021)

Sister Mary was a fun-loving person who was always eager to help others. Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Alfred and Marguerite (Shaughnessy) Clancy. In 1953, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as Sister Catherine Angela. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Latin. Later,

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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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Sister Leonore (Leonore Julie) Coan – 60-Year Jubilarian

"Teach them what they need to know to live.""Better mistakes than paralysis." -St. Julie Billiart Sister Leonore Coan was one of five children—two boys and three girls—born to parents John and Eleanor (Nevins) Coan in Peabody, Mass. She and her siblings attended St. John the Baptist School in Peabody, where they were taught by Sisters

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Sister Margaret Philip Coffey – 60-Year Jubilarian

"Better mistakes than paralysis." – St. Julie Billiart Sister Margaret Philip Coffey has happy memories of her family life in New Britain, Conn. with her three older siblings—Stephen, Ann and Catherine. They always looked out for each other, and they were loved unconditionally by their parents, Stephen and Mary (Narsaviche) Coffey, who chose the name

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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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Sister Lorraine Connell – 50-Year Jubilarian

"Better mistakes than paralysis." -St. Julie Billiart Lorraine Connell grew up in the Boston area, with one younger sister. She was first exposed to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur while at student at St. Mark School in Dorchester, Mass. "There was only one lay teacher," she remembers. "All 23 other classrooms had SNDdeN

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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 Ann Marie Connolly – 70-Year Jubilarian

"I am with you always." -Matthew 28:30 Ann Marie Connolly was the eldest of five children born in Boston to John and Mary (Flaherty) Connolly. Both were immigrants from Ireland and were very traditional Catholics. The family prayed together daily while kneeling on the kitchen floor and the children often heard their parents say, "with

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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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Sister Carol (Francis Veronica) Connor (1936-2021)

Sister Carol Ann Connor, Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, entered eternal life on September 30th, 2021 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 84. Sister Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 25th, 1936, to Francis Joseph and Mary Veronica Connor and is the sister of the

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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 Sissy/Katherine (Thomas Mary) Corr

Sister Sissy Corr wrote the following on the occasion of her Jubilee in 2019: I was born into a large and loving family and extravagantly blessed by their love. Through Notre Dame God called me and gave me many opportunities to grow my heart as wide as the world…the family of God. From my early

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Sister Mary Corripio

Sister 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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Sister Adrienne (Marie Adrienne) Curran

'Talk much to our Lord in peace and calm." -St Julie Billiart I grew up in East Boston, which used to be called Noodle's Island before my time. It was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean–our own swimming hole!—and the Chelsea Creek, which was a docking place for oil tankers. My parents were first generation Irish

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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: 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

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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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Sr. Ann Marie Daly

Sister Ann Marie Daly entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963  

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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Sr. Janet Deaett

Sister Janet Deaett entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1985  

Sr. Maria Delaney

Sister Maria Delaney entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1964  

Sister Barbara Jane (Henrietta Jane) Dole (1928-2021)

Sister Barbara was born in Arlington, Mass., the daughter of Brenton B. and Henrietta J. (Gazaway) Dole. She was a graduate of Somerville High School and Emmanuel College in Boston. She also did graduate studies at Wheelock College in Boston. At one time, she completed a hairdressing program at Wilfred Academy. Sister Barbara entered the

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Sr. Ann Virginia Donovan (1923-2020)

We pray in gratitude for the life of our Sister Ann Virginia Donovan who died on May 6, 2020, at the age of 96. A Sister of Notre Dame for seventy-nine years, Ann ministered in both elementary and high schools sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She served as teacher, principal, religious

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Sr. Ann Mary Donovan

Sister Ann Mary Donovan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1964  

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. Mary Doyle

Sister Mary Doyle entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1948  

Sr. Ruth Duffy

Sister Ruth Duffy entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957  

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 Janet Eisner

In 2022, Sister Janet Eisner retired after 43 years as the president of Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of her tenure, she was the longest serving female president of a college in the United States and the longest current serving president of a Catholic college or university. She led the college during

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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. Helen Farrell

Sister Helen Farrell entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1986  

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 Rosemary (Margaret St. James) Fay

"How good is the good God!"-St. Julie Billiart Growing up in Worcester, Mass. with her parents and two siblings, Rosemary remembers that church was always a great part of their life. She first met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when she attended Notre Dame Academy. She joined them after graduation from high school,

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Sister Eileen (Helen St. John) Finnigan (1944-2022)

Sister Eileen Marie Finnigan was born in Dorchester, the beloved daughter of John A. and Helen F. (Doolin) Finnigan. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963 and took the name Sister Helen St. John. Sister Eileen taught at Notre Dame Academy, Worcester; Saint Gregory High School, Dorchester; Saint Clare High School,

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Sr. Mary Fitzpatrick

Sister Mary Fitzpatrick entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955  

Sister Mary Therese (Margaret St. Henry) Flattery

Mary Therese was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was the youngest child of five, with two sisters and two brothers. Sadly, her brother Bernard died when he was just three months old, before Mary was born. Mary came from a loving and caring family. Both parents were hardworking people. Her father suffered a broken back

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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 Sister 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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Sr. Ellen Foley

Sister Ellen Foley entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1964  

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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Remembering Sister Anne Gabrielle Gagnon (1931-2023)

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, and her sister Yvette was four years younger. Helene—the youngest of the four— was born several years later, and completed the family. Sister Anne Gabrielle remembers a happy childhood in a

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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 Patricia (Rose St. Joseph) Gallahue (1927-2021)

Sister Patricia was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Edmund and Rosina (McLaughlin) Gallahue, and graduated from St. Gregory High School in Dorchester. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1946 as Sister Rose St. Joseph. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a concentration in Math and

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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 Roberta (Peter Miriam) Giampaoli (1937-2021)

Sister Roberta M. Giampaoli was born in Providence, R.I., daughter of Peter and Mary (Cola) Giampaoli. She attended St. Teresa's Elementary and High Schools, where she would later return to teach. She entered the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956. She graduated from Emmanuel College and earned a master's degree in Religious Education

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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

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Sr. Patricia Gertrude Gill (1926-2019)

"All the way to heaven is heaven because Christ said, 'I am the way.'"  Sr. Patricia Gertrude Gill went peacefully home to her Good God on December 3, 2019. Sr. Patricia was born Anne Theresa Gill in Lowell, MA, the oldest girl of Patrick Francis and Anne Gertrude Kelley Gill's ten children. She was born

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Sr. Ellen Glavin

Sister Ellen Glavin entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954  

Sr. Rosemary Grant

Sister Rosemary Grant entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955  

Sister Mary Louise (Julie Peter) Graziano (1938 – 2021)

Born in Malden, Mass., Sister Mary Lou was the daughter of the late William and Ruth (O'Neil) Graziano. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957. She ministered in education in Worcester, East Boston, South Boston, Lawrence, Wakefield and Salem, N.H. She was also the manager for the Shelter for the Homeless

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Sr. Maureen Griffin

Sister Maureen Griffin entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955.  

Sister Catherine (Catherine St. Andrew) Griffiths – 70-Year Jubilarian

"From God's fullness we have all had a share, grace following upon grace (or love following upon love). " John 1:16 Sister Catherine Griffiths was born Beverly Marie Griffiths, the eldest child of Kate and Andy Griffiths, both immigrants from Newfoundland, Canada. Sister Catherine describes her younger years in this way: "My three younger brothers

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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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Sr. Rita Heywood

Sister Rita Heywood entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1958  

Sr. Karen Hokanson

Sister Karen Hokanson entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1967  

Sr. Kristin Hokanson

Sister Kristin Hokanson entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1967  

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

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Sister Edithann Kane – 60-Year Jubilarian

Edithann Kane is the eldest of Ann Marie (McKenna) and Frank Kane's three daughters. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. but because of her father's career as an Army officer she'd lived in Texas, California and Maryland by the time she was 10 years old. At that time, the family moved to Washington, D.C. where

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Sr. Ellen Keane

Sister Ellen Keane entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963  

Sister Louise (Josephine Louise) Kearns

"May the most holy will of the good God be always done in all of us." – St. Julie Billiart I grew up in a family with 11 children. I attended Notre Dame schools starting in first grade and by second grade I felt called and remained attracted to becoming a religious through all my

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Sr. Mary Kelleher

Sister Mary Kelleher entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954

Sister Raymond Loretta Kelley – 70-Year Jubilarian

"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 my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30 Born Claire Kelley in Bedford, Indiana, Sister Raymond Loretta

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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,

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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. Jean Kieltyka

Sister Jean Kieltyka entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955  

Sr. Joan Marie (Marie Raphael) Lacasse (1932-2019)

Sr. Joan Marie (Marie Raphael) Lacasse went peacefully home to the good God on Friday, September 20, 2019. Sr. Joan was born in Lawrence, the daughter of the late Leo and Mary (Harkins) Lacasse and the sister of the late Carol G. Veilleux. She leaves nieces and nephews and her community of Notre Dame de

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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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Sr. Kathleen Leary

Sister Kathleen Leary entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963.  

Sister Maureen (Robert Marie) Lewis (1934-2021)

Sister Maureen Lewis, SNDdeN (formerly Sister Robert Marie) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The daughter of Robert Emmett Lewis and Marie Barry Lewis, she grew up in East Boston where she met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Fitton High School, She taught in various New England schools: St. John School in Peabody,

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Sr. Patricia (Patricia Mary) Linehan (1931-2020)

Sister Patricia Linehan died at age 89 on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester. Sister Patricia was born in Salem, daughter of Patrick and Irene (Hennessy) Linehan and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston. She later earned a Master's degree in Education from Boston College. Sister entered the

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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 Cynthia Lowell

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6 "To be simple is to be like a sunflower which follows all the movements of the sun and turns ever toward it." – St. Julie Billiart Cynthia

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Sister Kathleen Lynch

Sister Kathleen Lynch entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1965. She lives in Connecticut.

Sr. Margaret (Mary Kevin) Lynch (1923-2020)

Sister Margaret Lynch died on April 22, 2020, at the age of 97. She was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 75 years, having entered the congregation in 1945. Her religious name was Mary Kevin. She was born in Fahaduff, Castleisland, CO. Kerry, Ireland, daughter of James and Hanna (McCarty) Lynch, and her

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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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Sr. Jeanne (Jeanne Francis) MacDonald (1936-2020)

Sister Jeanne Francis (Marguerite) MacDonald, SNDden, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur died peacefully on Friday, February 14, 2020 surrounded by her community of Sisters at the Sr. Julie Billiart Center, Ipswich, MA after an extended illness. Sr. Jeanne was born in Somerville, MA on July 2, 1936, the daughter of the late Mary

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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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Sr. Gertrude Mahoney

Sister Gertrude Mahoney entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1958  

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. Corinne (Corinne Marie) Manzi (1931-2020)

Who shall find a valiant woman, her value is beyond pearls. Those who entrust their hearts to her have an unfailing prize. She brings to all who know her good, not evil, all the days of her life. She is girt about with strength and sturdy are her arms. She enjoys the success of her

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Sr. Maureen Marr

Sister Maureen Marr entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1965  

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 Ann Marie (Agnes Dolores) McAndrews

"How good is the Good God who tries us." – St. Julie Billiart I am the oldest of six children and feel I came from one of the happiest families. We didn't have much money, but had so much love that money could never have bought! My dad worked for the telephone company for over

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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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Sr. Juana McCarthy

Sister Juana McCarthy entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1986  

Sister Dorothy (Dorothy Joseph) McCormick

In 2019 I celebrated 60 years as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. My life in Notre Dame has been blessing upon blessing. I am daughter of Raymond and Anna McCormick, and the younger sister of Claire and Raymond. Claire entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when I was not quite two

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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. Mary McCue

Sister Mary McCue entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954   

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 Immaculata Marie McDonnell – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Immaculata was named Mary by her parents Thomas and Mary (Moran) McDonnell at her birth in Boston. "I was very fortunate," she says. "I had parents who were deeply religious and we had a happy family. We prayed every day together, and from the time we were children prayed that if it were God's

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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 Kathryn Lawrence McGuiggan (1934-2021)

Sister Kathryn was born in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathryn A. (Dowd) McGuiggan. She was a graduate of the former Ascension High School in Worcester, and Emmanuel College in Boston. In 1957 after college, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She later earned a master's degree in English

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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

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Sister Maureen (Daniel Francis) McLaughlin

"Courage et Confiance." -St. Julie Billiart Sister Maureen is the child of Irish immigrants; her father was from Donegal and her mother came from Mayo. She is the youngest of three, and grew up in an extended family. Her parents and her aunt and uncle were siblings, because two sisters married two brothers. So when

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Sister Joyce (Alice William) McMullen – 60-Year Jubilarian

"… Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40 Joyce McMullen and her twin brother and sister were born to parents William and Alice (Joyce) McMullen. She grew up in West Newton, Mass., where she was taught by

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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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Sr. Marie Paula McNiff (1927-2020)

We remember with joy the life and spirit of Sr. Marie Paula McNiff who died on April 28, 2020. She was a lover of her roots in South Boston, MA and the SNDdeNs who taught her at St. Augustine's! Pauline McNiff entered on August 7, 1944; how she loved her band [of Sisters who entered

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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.

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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 Joan (Francis St. Catherine) Mehigan – 70-Year Jubilarian

Joan Mehigan grew up in Somerville, Mass. with her sister, a much older foster brother, her parents—Garret and Catherine (Molloy)—and many dogs! Joan loves animals and her father would regularly bring dogs home for her, despite her mother's protestations that she was the one left to care for them. Joan attended St. Joseph School in

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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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Sister Rose Elizabeth Monahan – 70-Year Jubilarian

"God is good and sometimes He's better." Mary Berenice Monahan, as she was named at birth, was one of George and Mary (McGee) Monahan's nine children. Within the family she was known as "Bunny," perhaps to avoid confusion, since her mother's name was also Mary. They lived within St. Matthew Parish in Dorchester, Mass. when

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Sister Helen Julie Monroe (1926 – 2021)

Sister Helen Julie Monroe, SNDdeN, went peacefully home to her Good God on Monday January 25, 2021 at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester. She was born Virginia M. Monroe in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1926 to parents Carleton A. and Helen M. (Marley) Monroe, soon joined by her only brother, the late Robert

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Sr. Lillian (Jane Marie) Morris (1922-2020)

Sister Lillian Rose Morria, SNDdeN,  died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester at age 97. Sister Lillian was born in Boston to James and Rose (Metz) Morris, the oldest of three siblings, and was raised in West Roxbury. She graduated from Girls' Latin School in Boston and Emmanuel

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Sr. Ann E. Morrison

Sister Ann E. Morrison entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1959  

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 Mary (Anna Marie) Mulligan – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Mary Mulligan was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and lives there today, but she likes to say that she's been on Broadway for almost all her life. In this case, she's referring to West Broadway in South Boston, a place where she studied, worked and lived for many decades. Her parents, Anthony and Anna (Sullivan)

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Sr. Edith Murphy

Sister Mary Mulligan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1947  

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 Francis Virginia Murphy – 75-Year Jubilarian

"We are placed in this little corner of the world like cinders beneath the ashes, to ignite the fire of divine love in the hearts of those we meet" (adapted) I grew up in Dedham, Mass. until I was seven, and then in Allston, Mass, as the second child of eight siblings, two of whom

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Sr. Kathleen Murphy

Sister Kathleen Murphy entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1958  

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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Sr. Margaret (Mary St. Patrick) Nally (1931-2020)

Sister Margaret (Mary St. Patrick) born in Milton, MA, daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary A. (Walsh) Nally, died peacefully October 10, 2020. She was the sister of the late Mary Conway, Helena Nally, Thomas Nally and Rosemarie Nally, and survived by her sister, Patricia Tangney of Needham, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews,

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Sr. Margaret Nawin

Sister Margaret Nawin entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956

Sister Judith Nee

Sister Judith Nee entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956.

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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Sr. Mary (Mary St. Jerome) O'Connell

Sister Mary was born M. Claire O'Connell in Boston on March 7, 1932, to parents Jerome and Nora (Coyne) O'Connell. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sr. Mary St. Jerome. She took her first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1958. She lives, in Ipwich, MA.

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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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Sr. Sheila Palmer

Sister Sheila Palmer entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956. Sister is retired from full-time ministry and volunteers at Services for the Blind.  

Sister Marilyn (Pauline Marie) Pechillo

"Better mistakes than paralysis." -St. Julie Billiart Marilyn grew up in Baltimore, Md. and in 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

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Sister Catherine (Catherine Johanna) Perroni – 70-Year Jubilarian

"The Lord will complete what He has done for me" -Psalm 138:8 The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are sometimes called "The Smiling Sisters" and Sister Catherine Perroni surely fits that description! She smiles and laughs easily, often spontaneously rejoicing at the goodness of God and the wonders of creation. Sister Catherine's parents, John

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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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Sr. Jennifer Pierce

Sister Jennifer Pierce entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 2000   

Sr. Claire Pierz

Sister Claire Pierz entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956. She is now retired from full-time ministry, and is a volunteer driver for the Sisters.

Sister Mary Margaret (Immaculata Marie) Pignone

Mary Margaret grew up in a family with Irish wisdom that was totally loving and mutually supportive. She was the youngest of three children of Lawrence J. Pignone and Margaret McGlynn Pignone. Her oldest brother, Lawrence, is deceased while her brother Tom remains close to her. She is close to her seven nieces, nephews and

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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 Rita (Leo Marie) Raboin – 60-Year Jubilarian

I was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge, the sixth of 10 children; five girls and five boys. A girl and a boy died as infants. My third-generation French Canadian parents were raised in Central Massachusetts and my father was a roofer. Both parents worked very hard with so many children. My mother cared

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Sr. Frances (Margaret St. George) Randall (1932-2020)

Sister Frances Randall died on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester, at the age of 88. Sister Frances was born in Lowell, daughter of the late George and Margaret (Linnehan) Randall. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Lowell, entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

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Sr. Susan Raymo

Sister Susan Raymo entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1964.  

Sr. Mary Reardon

Sister Mary Reardon entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963.  

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 Anne Frances Rhilinger (1930-2021)

Sister Anne was born Mary Agnes Rhilinger in Boston, Mass. She was the daughter of Joseph P. and Ethel G. (Thomas) Rhilinger and graduated from St. Gregory High School in Dorchester, Mass. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1947. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a concentration in French

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Sister Marna (Margaret George) Rogers – 60-Year Jubilarian

Marna Rogers was born and raised in Worcester, Mass. She was the eldest of George and Margaret (Chandley) Rogers's four children. She enjoyed the years when her family lived with her aunt and grandmother and Marna loved the area, saying "We had good neighbors from all walks of life and all parts of the world."

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Sr. Patricia Rolinger

Sister Patricia Rolinger entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1967.   

Sr. Evelyn Ronan

Sister Evelyn Ronan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956.   

Sister Jeanne (Anne Campion) Ronayne (1943-2020)

Sister Jeanne Ronayne, SNDdeN, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 60 years, went home to God on July 7, 2020, at St. Julie Billiart Residential Care in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Sister Jeanne was born Helen Anne Ronayne in Dorchester, Mass., one of five children of parents John and Helen (Haberland) Ronayne. She entered the

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Sister Nancy (Joseph Christopher) Rowen

Nancy Rowen was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she was the second of Jo and Joe Rowen's five children. She had three sisters and one brother and went to St. Joseph School, taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph, from first to eighth grade. In the sixth grade, a missionary priest came to

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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 Theresa (Theresa Joseph) Ryder – 70-Year Jubilarian

"How Good is the good God!" -St Julie Billiart Sister Theresa was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, and was educated by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur through high school. Her parents, John and Beatrice, both immigrated from Ireland, and she was one of six siblings—all girls except for the youngest. Described by both

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Sister Roberta (Jude Stephen) Rzeznik – 60-Year Jubilarian

"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 we

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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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Sr. Patricia (Patricia Jean) Shanahan

Sister Patricia Shanahan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950. She is retired from full-time ministry and is a literacy volunteer.  

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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Sister Patricia Shea

Sister Patricia Shea entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 2003.   

Sister Virginia Sheehan

Sister Virginia Sheehan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957. She serves as Spiritual and Retreat Director, and in parish programs.  

Sr. Nancy Simonds

Sister Nancy Simonds entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957.   

Sister Helen St. Thomas Singleton – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Helen St. Thomas Singleton – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Helen Singleton was named Jean by her parents, John and Helen (Walsh) Singleton. She and her five siblings were supported by her father's work as a chauffeur. Educated by SNDdeN at St. Mary's School in Beverly, Massachusetts, she entered the Congregation in 1947. She never considered a life other than that of a Sister

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Sister Helen St. Thomas Singleton (1928 – 2022)

Sister Helen Singleton was named Jean by her parents, John and Helen (Walsh) Singleton. She and her five siblings were supported by her father's work as a chauffeur. Educated by SNDdeN at St. Mary's School in Beverly, Massachusetts, she entered the Congregation in 1947. She never considered a life other than that of a Sister

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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. Jean Stanford

Sister Jean Stanford entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1968.   

Sr. Geraldine Stanton

Sister Geraldine Stanton entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957.   

Sister Anne Stevenson

Sister Anne Stevenson entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1954. She has led communications for the Sisters internationally for many years.

Sr. Dorothy Strelchun

Sister Dorothy Strelchun entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1958.   

Sr. Jean Sullivan

Sister Jean Sullivan entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1957.  

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. Paula Tinlin

Sister Paula Tinlin entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963.   

Sr. Patricia Toce

Sister Patricia Toce entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 2002. She is currently on the faculty of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA.   

Sr. Maureen Toomey

Sister Maureen Toomey entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1956.  She currently serves as pastoral associate in a parish.  

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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Sr. Marie (Josepha Therese) Treanor (1922-2020)

We remember with gratitude the life of Sister Marie Treanor who died on May 28, 2020 at 97 years of age and 79 years as a Sister. Sr. Marie lived Sr. Julie's charism as an educator throughout her sixty-two years of active ministry in places across the country. Sister Marie was born on November 14,

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Sister Alice Clare Tremblay – 75-Year Jubilarian

Sister Alice was named Patricia at birth by her parents, Leo and Alice (Callaghan). She was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. and of all her siblings was closest to her sister Anne. Patricia joined the Congregation in 1947 and took the name Sister Alice Clare. Sister Alice has a lively personality and is full

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Sister Patricia Tryon (1943-2020)

Let us gratefully remember the life of our Sister Patricia Tryon who died on May 15, 2020 in Worcester, Massachusetts. On her Golden Jubilee in Notre Dame, Pat wrote: "Little did I know that when I completed my B.A. in Math at the University of Connecticut, left my home in Ossining, NY, and took a

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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

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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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Sr. Marie Verrilli

Sister Marie Verrilli entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1964.  

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

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Remembering Sister Kathleen Walsh (1949 – 2023)

Sister Kathleen Walsh was born in Natick, Massachusetts, in 1949, to Joseph and Virginia (Fair) Walsh. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1974. She took her final vows on August 11, 1984. Sr. Kathleen was born in Natick to parents, Joseph and Virginia (Fair) Walsh.  Sister Kathleen earned her BS in

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Sr. Kathleen Walsh

Sister Kathleen Walsh entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1974.  

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

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Sister Janice (Margaret Cornelia) Waters – 75-Year Jubilarian

Janice Waters was born in West Newton, Massachusetts to Harold and Elizabeth (Uniacke) Waters. She was the only child until her mother went "on vacation" and came back with Janice's brother Barry. Another brief vacation for her mother brought Janice's sister Marcia to their home. While her mother was away on yet another vacation, Janice's

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Sister Margaret (Mary Bartholomew) Welch (1934-2021)

Sister Margaret was born Margaret Mary Welch in 1934 in Waltham, Mass., to parents Bartholomew M. Welch and Mary (Slauenwhite) Welch of Waltham. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on August 1, 1951, taking her First Vows in 1954 and her Perpetual Vows in 1959. Sister Margaret earned a BA from Emmanuel

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Sister James Madeline Whalen (1937-2021)

Sister James Madeline was born Dolores L. Whalen in Lawrence, Maine in 1937, to Madeline (Hamelin) Whalen and James Whalen. Early on in Dolores' life, she had a calling to serve others. After she graduated from Keith Hall High School in Lowell, Mass. in 1955, Dolores entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She

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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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Sister Charlotte Francis Wickes (1932-2021)

"How good is the Good God!" -St Julie Billiart Sister Charlotte Francis Wickes was born Mary Frances Wickes in Somerville, Massachusetts to parents, Francis and Charlotte (Devereux) Wickes. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on August 4, 1949, making her First Vows in 1952 and Final Vows in 1957. She graduated from

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