Celebrating with supporters

Friends, Sisters, staff members, and a two-dimensional version of St. Julie Billiart gathered in early October for a celebration of all who generously support the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The event also marked the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Province Center in Belmont, as well as the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame’s first school in California, now known as Notre Dame de Namur University.

A series of short presentations allowed Sisters and others to describe their work and thank supporters for making it possible. Sisters also spoke about the living situations of retired Sisters, including those who need extra care. As Development Director Monica May explained, all who support the Sisters in their ministries are with them in their work.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was then celebrated by Fr. Joe Spieler, SJ, who is the grandnephew of two Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. A delicious barbecue followed, and was capped by a raffle for all guests featuring items created or offered by Sisters. Most unusual was a handwriting analysis session offered by certified graphologist Sr. June Canoles. Sr. Helen Dugan, who recently celebrated her 99th birthday, had the honor of selecting the winning tickets!

See who attended and learn more details in the photo gallery below. To view any image in a larger size, simply click on it.


  1. What a wonderful celebration! Wish I could have been there to hear the good news and feel the goodness of the good God!

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