Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Today

The five members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur U.S. East-West Province Leadership Team.
Members of the U.S. East-West Province Leadership Team pictured left to right are: Mary Farren, SNDdeN, Eileen Burns, SNDdeN, Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Elaine Bain, SNDdeN, Barbara Barry, SNDdeN

Who We Are and What We Do

Founded in France in 1804 on St. Julie Billiart's belief in the goodness of God, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) are women religious in an international Congregation.

The spirituality of the SNDdeN is characterized by the call to discover and become the very goodness of God in our world.

SNDdeN have a long history of serving people in need, as well as supporting and counseling people of all ages in pastoral ministries and social services.

SNDdeN bring to their lives and work a respect for the goodness and dignity of each person, and a care for justice and peace.

In addition to serving in 27 U.S. states, SNDdeN serve in or have sponsored ministries in:

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Congo-Brazzaville
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • France
  • Italy
  • Haiti
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • The United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe

Mission Statement

Sisters of Notre Dame,
women with hearts as wide as the world,
make known God’s goodness and love
with and among people living in poverty,
through a Gospel way of life, community and prayer.

Continuing a strong educational tradition,
we take our stand with people living in poverty,
especially women and children,
in the most abandoned places.

Each of us commits her one and only life
to work with others to create justice and peace for all.


The five members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Congregational Leadership Team.
Congregational Leadership Team (2021-2027) of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur pictured left to right are: Sister Lorraine Connell, Sister Amarachi Grace Ezeonu, Congregational Leader Sister Mary Johnson, Sister Evalyne Aseyo, and Sister Miriam Montero Bereche.


The SNDdeN never retire from their vocation of service and prayer! They are active in all levels of education at Notre Dame schools throughout the world. Retired Sisters tutor in elementary schools, teach English as a Second Language, take Eucharist to nearby care facilities and—above all—pray.

In 2014, several provinces of the SNDdeN joined together to form the U.S. East-West Province.

How to Support the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Your support for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur allows them to fulfill their mission of making known God's goodness through many ministries, including education, peace and justice efforts, care for those living in poverty and healthcare.

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Click here to visit the website of the International Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.