Jane McAndrews was born in December 1932 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. 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 Notre Dame de Namur.” In a Dorchester neighborhood near St. Gregory’s, Jane would meet her dearest friend Anne Stapleton, who also became a SNDdeN. They remain forever friends till today.
Jane thought of becoming a sister in the 7th grade. Her only other contact with religious sisters was an aunt, a Sister of Charity of Convent Station, New Jersey, who came to visit every summer for ten days. She never became attracted to this order and was not particularly fond of their habit!
From Grade 7 on Jane felt drawn to the SNDdeNs. Jane wanted to be a teacher and someday a missionary. Jane learned a lot about the spirit of St Julie and most of all “she loved the Sisters that she had in school.“ She also had a blood sister who entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when Jane was in the 5th grade. Jane grew up in a loving family with four sisters and one brother. “My parents always encouraged us to follow our dreams and supported us in our decisions.” Jane entered Notre Dame on August 1, 1951 and made her profession in of Vows in 1954.
She continued her education. and obtained her BA from Emmanuel College. She taught 1st and 4th grades in Boston, New Hampshire and Lawrence for 17 years. After this, she attended Fairfield University where Jane received a Masters Degree in Religious Studies. As a Religious Education Coordinator, Jane worked in Lawrence, Weymouth and Boston. During the time Jane was a Religious Education Coordinator she was engaged in Notre Dame Formation Ministry.
In 1985, Jane went to Kenya and in 1988 to Sudan. The second part of her vocation dream was fulfilled. Her ministry in both countries varied from parish work, teacher, Notre Dame Formation work and Refugee Assistance Programs. In 1997 she returned home.
In 1998 Jane began ministering at ND Education Center, South Boston. Working with immigrants, as a teacher, Jane prepared people for citizenship. In 2009, she began a new field of ministry as a coordinator at our Notre Dame Health Care Center in Worcester. Because of health issues Jane retired from this ministry in June of 2018.
Jane is presently a member of a Notre Dame de Namur community in Dorchester, Mass. She loves to sew, be creative, read, exercise and of course have more time for quiet prayer and reflection.
In 2021, Sister Jane celebrated her 70th Jubilee as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. In 2019 she wrote: “I have loved every place, work and situation that I have been involved in over the past 68 years. All my dreams of becoming an SND have been fulfilled. I have lived a wonderful life and have never regretted my choice of vocation. People have taught me more than I ever learned from books. I am grateful for all the many and varied experiences that I have had by living my life as a Sister of Notre Dame. God is GOOD.”
Sister Jane's Ministries
1954-1957 Julie Billiart, Boston, Mass.
1957-1960 St. Mary’s, Boston, Mass.
1960-1963 St. Joseph, Salem, New Hampshire
1963-1965 St. Mary’s, Lawrence, Mass.
1965-1976 St. Augustine’s, Lawrence, Mass.
1977-1985 Immaculate Conception, Weymouth, Mass. (Director Religious Education)
1985-1988 Kenya, St. Mary’s
1988-1991 Sudan (Supervisor of Studies)
1998-2009 Notre Dame Education Center, South Boston, Mass.
2009-2018 Notre Dame Health Care Center, Worcester, Mass. (Coordinator)