Sister Angele Lewis, SNDdeN, first met the Sisters of Notre Dame when she began attending College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif. (the school is now known as Notre Dame de Namur University).
Sister Angele grew up in Vallejo, California and went to St. Vincent Ferrer Grammar and High Schools where she was taught by the San Rafael Dominican Sisters.
After entering the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1972, Sister Angele taught a year at Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, Calif. and lived in community with Sisters Anne Stubbe, Cecilia Wallace, and others.
She then joined other novices for a year of formation in an intergenerational community at the Novitiate in Ipswich, Massachusetts. After that year, she returned to California and completed her second-year novitiate (ministry year of novitiate) and lived with the formation community in St. Charles Borromeo Parish in San Carlos, Calif.
Sister Angele made her first vows in 1975, and final vows in 1981 in the Cunningham Chapel at the College of Notre Dame (now Notre Dame de Namur University).
Sister Angele’s first mission assignment was to Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Calif., where—for the next 25 years—she:
- Taught religious studies
- Served as the campus minister
- Oversaw the photography, moderated the yearbook
- Served as the master scheduler and the guidance counselor
- Became the Director of Admissions and Director of Advancement
Franca Marchetti fondly remembers the years when her daughters attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont. She recalls Sister Angele being full of life and vigor.
"She always had a smile on her face and a spritely stride," says Marchetti. "She was never in a bad mood.”
In 1999, Sister Angele’s creativity and eye for design led her to concentrate on doing graphic design and desktop publishing for churches and non-profits (“Simply Put”).
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur also asked her to use her talents in designing materials for their National Vocation Team.
In 2003, Sister Angele moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts to continue with that work before she was asked to assist in the International Communications Office of the Congregational Mission Office.
The range of Sister Angele’s contributions has been as varied and extensive as it was at Notre Dame, Belmont!
Sister Angele continues to lend her artistic talents and positive energy to Notre Dame de Namur projects across the United States and around the world.
Sister Angele's Ministries
|1971-72||Teacher (Religion & History), Mercy High School, San Francisco, Calif.|
|1972-73||Teacher Grade 8, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Saratoga, Calif.|
|1973-74||Teacher (Religion & History), Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1973-77||Freshmen Coordinator, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1976-81||Religion Department Coordinator, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1981-83||Yearbook Coordinator, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1983-84||Teacher (Photography), Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1982-84||Student, Masters of Pastoral Counseling, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.|
|1984-92||Teacher & Campus Ministry, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1992-96||Director of Admissions, Notre Dame High School, Belmont, Calif.|
|1997-99||Graphic Artist, Waverly Street, Palo Alto, Calif.|
|"Simply Put", San Felipe Road, San Jose, Calif.|
|2001||Resource Person for SNDdeN Vocation Team|
|2004||National Vocation Team, Ipswich, Mass.|
|Present||Assistant Director of Communications, Congregational Mission Office, Ispwich, Mass.|