North American Ministries

Archbishop William Lori after liturgical celebration of the 70th anniversary of Trinity School with Board Members Sister Regina Pellegrini, SNDdeN and Sister Shawn Marie Maguire, SNDdeN; Principal Sister Catherine Phelps, SNDdeN and on the Archbishop’s left Sister Rita Sturwold, SNDdeN, Director of Sponsorship and Mission Integration

In 1840, knowing they would never return, eight Sisters left their motherhouse in Namur, Belgium, for a journey to the United States. They arrived in New York City on October 19. From there, the Sisters traveled through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. They had come on the invitation of Cincinnati’s Bishop to open a school in his diocese.

The first small group of Sisters formed a nucleus for the work of the Congregation in the United States. By 1890, more than 80 additional Sisters had arrived from Europe. They were joined by American women entering the community, and together, these Sisters took their mission of education for the poor wherever it was most needed. By 1901, there were nearly 1200 Sisters of Notre Dame in America, with foundations in place in California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

Where you can currently find the Tri-Province Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in active ministries:


Trinity College, Washington D.C.
Academy of Notre Dame High School, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Maryvale Preparatory School, Brooklandville, Maryland
Sisters Academy of Baltimore, Maryland
Trinity School, Ellicott City, Maryland

Beyond the Classroom:

Pastoral Counseloring Saint Jerome Child Care Center
Parish and Migrant Ministry

Outreach Programs:

Asylee Women Empowerment
Murphy Justice and Peace Initiative
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