Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning Community

As we witness the decline of moral values in political life today, we reflect on how we can responsibly contribute to the advancement of core values in our society.

In the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Spring 2019 edition of Seasons, Sisters and others reflect on how the promotion of the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning community contributes to constructing a society that operates with a public code of morality in service of the common good.

The articles in this issue of Seasons reflect on the Hallmarks in general or one of the Hallmarks in particular and describe how the Sisters promote the Hallmarks in their ministries and/or their lives-in-mission.

To view, save, or print the publication, click here: Seasons, Spring 2019


Hallmarks are the essential characteristics, values and activities of a Notre Dame learning community. The Hallmarks emerged in response to the question from both the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their co-workers: “What makes a learning community a Notre Dame Learning Community?” The Sisters and the learning communities began to explore this question in 2003. The culmination of these discussions — seven Hallmarks that concisely and beautifully express the values of a Notre Dame Learning Community.

  • We proclaim by our lives even more than by our words that God is good.
  • We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person.
  • We educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world.
  • We commit ourselves to community service.
  • We embrace the gift of diversity.
  • We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.
  • We develop holistic learning communities which educate for life.

 

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