Spirituality

The spirituality of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is characterized by the call to discover and become the very goodness of God in our world.

We commit ourselves to deepen our relationships with:

  • God
  • One another
  • Those living in poverty, and
  • The whole of creation

We embrace our mission seeking life in abundance for all.

Saint Julie Billiart

Marie Rose Julie Billiart was born in Cuvilly, France, on July 12, 1751.

Her whole life was animated by a great desire to make known the goodness of God.

A catechist at a very early age, St. Julie continued to teach about God's goodness—even after being crippled with paralysis at the age of 22.

Persecuted during the French Revolution and taken to Amiens, St. Julie always retained her unshakeable confidence in the good God. On February 2, 1804, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. After her miraculous cure from paralysis, she dedicated herself to the education of poor girls.

Opposition, however, obliged her to leave France in 1807.

Her welcome by the Bishop of Namur, Belgium, ensured that the Sisters of Notre Dame could continue their work of education in the spirit that Julie had envisioned.

From the heart of her experience was born her well known expression, ”Oh, how good is the good God!”

St. Julie died on April 8, 1816, only 12 years after the founding of her religious community.

Beatified on May 13, 1906, Julie Billiart was canonized on June 22, 1969.

Learn more about St. Julie Billiart

Days of Special Prayer

February 2 – Foundation Day for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (1804)
April 8 – Death of St. Julie (1816)
May 13 – Feast of St. Julie
June 22 – Canonization Day (1969)
July 12 – St. Julie’s Birthday (1751)

Spirituality Center

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur East-West Province operate a spirituality center in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Click here to learn more.

Reflections, Prayers and Poems

Nearly all of the following were written by Sisters of Dame de Namur: