Called to make visible the love of our
good and provident God

Sisters of Notre Dame

called to community for mission

Sisters of Notre Dame

transformed by our life of prayer

Sisters of Notre Dame

inspired by Mary

Sisters of Notre Dame

enlivened by a spirit of joyful simplicity

Sisters of Notre Dame

committed to missionary outreach

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with you on the journey

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How Are You Being Called?

We're glad you're interested in exploring how you are being called to live out your vocation and learn more about the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Get to know a few of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States and how they responded to the call uniquely. Today they live in joyful simplicity, united with a global community of nearly 2,000 Sisters of Notre Dame. Throughout the scriptures we are reminded that God has a unique design for each of our lives. Contact us to start the conversation.

If you're looking for a chance to meet the Sisters of Notre Dame and those in your faith community, come to one of our upcoming events.

Celebrating Our Foundation!

This month we celebrate the foundation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Happy Birthday to us! We're part of a great story and invite you to watch that story unfold in this video of our history since 1849. 

According to tradition, our Foundation Day was in Coesfeld, Germany, on October 1, 1850. Read about our history and mission and if the spirit moves you, travel back in time to imagine some of the scenes from our first beginnings through this Foundation Day reflection

In the spirit of our foundresses and the first Coesfeld sisters, we continue to witness God’s goodness and provident care throughout the world today. 

“. . . so far the dear God has always taken care and will certainly continue to do so.” - Sister Maria Aloysia to Hendrina and Joseph Honsel, Letter VI, October 25, 1886

"O how good is the good God!"

- Saint Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother

“The poorer and more neglected the little ones are, the greater the love with which we receive them.”

-Sister Maria Aloysia, Foundress

“That you have conversed with God should be evident in your loving manner to others.”

-Sister Maria Ignatia, Co-Foundress

"Our whole manner must show that is is worthwhile to give one's entire life for Christ."

- Sister Mary Raphaelita, Former Superior General

"What good is all the work if prayer does not draw down God's blessings upon it?"

-Sister Maria Aloysia, Foundress

"Have a heart as wide as the world!"

-Saint Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother

"Only that which comes from the heart can reach the heart." 

-Father Bernard Overberg, Assisted in Founding the Congregation

"The value of prayer is tested not by the way we feel, but by the way we live." 

-Sister Mary Benedict, Former Provincial Superior