Celebrating a Legacy of Courage: 100 Years in Belmont, California

One hundred years ago, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur made a bold decision. The Sisters had spent 70 years building a vibrant educational center in San Jose, but the passage of time left them yearning for more space to accommodate their ever-growing community. While many Sisters and the day students of Notre Dame San Jose remained nestled in their familiar surroundings, some of the Sisters embarked on a grand adventure, relocating with their boarders to the enchanting Ralston Hall in what would become the city of Belmont. Over the past century, they have become an essential part of the fabric of this blossoming community.

On Sunday, September 24, hundreds of Sisters, friends, and supporters came together to celebrate this centennial anniversary. "Thanks for the women of faith and such daring vision based on their faith, that they were willing to endure many obstacles and hardships to make that vision of faith come alive," said Father Tony McGuire in his celebratory homily.

As part of the festivities, Sister Jean Stoner, SNDdeN, accepted proclamations from Congressman Kevin Mullin, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Belmont Mayor Julia Mates, recognizing the Sisters' enduring legacy.

Please enjoy this beautiful video, which debuted at the event courtesy of Notre Dame de Namur University, exploring the Sisters' rich history.

We thank those who attended this beautiful event and look forward to the future of the Sisters' enduring legacy.

Sister Jean Stoner, SNDdeN, receives a commendation from Governor Gavin Newsom's office on behalf of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.