Sr. 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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Sr. 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. Mary Ann Boretti

Mary Boretti was born in Medford, MA in 1951, as the youngest child and only girl in a family of  five children. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on September 2, 1972 and she made her First Vows on June 18, 1975. Sister Mary graduated from Salem State College

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Sr. Eileen Burns

Sr. Eileen Burns 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, MA, where the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have continuously lived and ministered since 1859. Eileen is one

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Sr. Catherine St. John Byrne

Sr. 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, Sr. 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. 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. 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. 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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Sr. Patricia Chappell

Sister Patty is a member of the Leadership Team for the U.S. East-West Province.  She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and was the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C. She was trained by Crossroads in anti-racism training. She was the full-time

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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. 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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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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Sr. Sissy/Katherine (Thomas Mary) Corr

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 experiences in teaching and social work I have continually grown in the belief that

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Sr. 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 University). After college, she went to Japan to teach English for a year, then

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Sr. Marion Cotty

Sister Marion is a Notre Dame de Namur retiree, residing in an apartment house in West Hartford, CT, where there are seven other religious from three Congregations and two lay persons. She is an Associate Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and as a Volunteer in Prison Ministry leads a weekly Catholic Bible

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Sr. 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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Sr. 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. 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.

Sr. Mary Farren – 50-Year Jubilarian

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.  

Sr. 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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Sr. 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 Retired and Docent at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, MA.  

Sr. Kathleen Gallivan

Sr. Kathleen grew up in a Catholic neighborhood and attended Notre Dame schools for 12 years before entering the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1964. Sr. 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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Sr. 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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Sr. 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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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. 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. Maureen Lewis

Sister Maureen Lewis entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1952. She is currently retired, and volunteers as a tutor at the Notre Dame Educational Bridge Center in Worcester, MA.  

Sr. 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 at St. Joseph's School in Somerville. It was not

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Sr. Edna 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.  

Sr. Jane (Anne St. Henry) McAndrews

Jane McAndrews was born on December 20, 1932 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, MA. 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

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Sr. Mary Alice McCabe

Sister Mary Alice McCabe's recent ministry has taken her to the U.S.-Mexico border, where she has been working with local organizations and other Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to help immigrants. Click here to read some of her accounts of what she has seen and experienced at the border, along with accounts by other

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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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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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Sr. Barbara Metz

Sr. Barbara Metz is a member of US Sisters of Notre Dame East-West Province. She 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

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Sr. Helen Julie Monroe

Sr. Helen Julie was born in Beverly, MA, and had one younger brother, Robert.  Prior to joining the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1949, she had various jobs, including as a factory worker checking materials for airplane parts during WWII. While a Sister she studied history at Emmanuel College and is taught for

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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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Sr. Maureen O'Brien

As a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 60 years, Sr. 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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Sr. Marilyn Pechillo

Sr. Marilyn Pechillo grew up in Baltimore, MD and Stratford, CT.  She met the SNDs in high school and entered Notre Dame in 1961. Sr. Marilyn studied Classics at Emmanuel College, Trinity in Hartford and Loyola University of Chicago. She taught in high school and college for many years, including several years at Trinity College

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Sr. 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. Marie Ann Prefontaine

Sr. Marie Prefontaine, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, holds a BA in Theological Studies from Emmanuel College, Boston; an MA in Religious Studies from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA.; and an STL from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA. She was the Associate Director of the newly established Office for Ethnic Apostolates of

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Sr. Rita Raboin

Sr. Rita was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge where she attended Notre Dame Schools and Cushing High School in South Boston. In I962, she entered Notre Dame and after teaching in Woburn and Salem, NH, was missioned to Brazil where she served for 36 years. Returning to the United States in March of

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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.  

Sr. Marna Rogers

Sister Marna Rogers has taught in AND 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 time overseas, Sister

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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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Sr. 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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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. Marie Treanor (1922-2020)

We remember with gratitude the life of Sister Marie Treanor who died on May 28, 2020. Sr. Marie lived Sr. Julie's charism as an educator throughout her sixty-two years of active ministry in places across the country. She started out as a teacher in two SNDdeN schools in Massachusetts. Always adventurous, she welcomed her next

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Sr. Patricia Tryon (1943-2020)

Let us gratefully remember the life of our Sister Patricia Tryon who died on May 15, 2020 in Worcester, MA. 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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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. Charlotte Francis Wickes

"How good is the Good God!" – St Julie I grew up as an only child, but it was a happy childhood. When my dad, an optician, served in WWII, my mother and I moved in with my grandmother. She had room in her heart for everybody. I attended Notre Dame schools from first grade

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