Notre Dame de Namur Today

Founded on St. Julie Billiart’s belief in the goodness of God, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur bring to their lives and work a respect for the goodness and dignity of each person and a care for justice for all.


SNDdeN members participate in the Women’s March in San Jose in January 2017

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur teach in schools and community education centers, and support and counsel people of all ages in pastoral ministries and social services. You will find them in ministries from Seattle to Los Angeles, San Francisco to New York City, to Kenya and South Sudan.

Retired Sisters tutor in elementary schools, teach English as a Second Language, take Eucharist to nearby care facilities and, above all, pray. They never retire from their vocation of service and prayer!

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have been in ministry on the West Coast since 1844. In California, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur sponsor Notre Dame de Namur University, Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Elementary School in Belmont. They also sponsor Notre Dame High School, San Jose, and Moreland Notre Dame Elementary School, Watsonville.

The California Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur joined other SNDdeN provinces in 2014 to form the U.S. East-West Province. This and other entities are part of the international congregation of Notre Dame de Namur, founded in France in 1804 by St. Julie Billiart.

Sisters Dody Steiner, Helen Dugan and Sharonann Skain at the 2018 Jubilee Celebration.