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 profoundly grateful.

Her life in Notre Dame has been one of understanding the richness of what our foundress, St. Julie Billiart, meant when she wrote: "The whole earth is the Lord's…."  Sisters of Notre Dame are sent to be at home everywhere and Sr. Maureen is no exception! Her life has been blessed by the people of so many rich and different cultures.

Sister Maureen is currently an ESOL (English-for-Speakers-of-other Languages) teacher for new immigrants, mostly Hispanic, at the Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts.


  1. I had the privilege of meeting with Sister Maureen twice this year; at her niece, Catherine's bridal shower, and at the wedding of my grandson, Tom and Catherine, on the 15th of August. I was so impressed by her, felt that I had known her most of my life, and so appreciated chatting with me at both events. I admire her so very much, and what she has done during her life in Notre Dame. I simply had to reach out to her to thank her for her kindness and to wish her the very best in her Notre Dame life ahead. She is a unique human being, and it was an honor to get to meet her. God bless you, Sister Maureen. Your 'older sister', Rosemary Messer

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