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175 Years Making Known God's Goodness

Explore the lives of this sampling of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who have served in America between 1840 and 2015.
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Hortense Monseu

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Sister Louis de Gonzague
Born: 1810 in Namur, Belgium
Baptismal Name: Hortense Antoinette Monseu
Entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1831 at Namur
Professed her vows September 12, 1833 at Namur
She had an older sister who was also a Sister of Notre Dame.
1835 - Named Superior of the Notre Dame community at Thuin, Belgium
1840 - Named Superior of first community of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to travel from Belgium to Cincinnati
Returned to Namur in 1852
Died at Namur January 9, 1866


She wrote many letters to Namur describing the work and life of Sisters in America and begging for more Sisters to be sent to join the first band.
She trained Sister Louise to take over as superior in America.
She was superior of foundations at Toledo, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts.
She helped start foundation at Dayton, Ohio.

Letter written by Sister Louis de Gonzague to Sister Louise in 1861
She founded the U.S. Chapter of Pax Christi, served as Vice President for the international organization, wrote numerous booklets, edited newsletters, developed educational programming, and helped start chapters in other parts of the world. She continued working in Peace and Justice Education the rest of her life. A prolific writer, her articles were published in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her last book,
Just Peacemakers: An Introduction to Peace and Justice
, was published in 2005.
Taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Mary’s Parish, Cincinnati, Ohio 1846-1850, and
skilled in needle work and sewing, she was also gifted at architectural planning, design and construction. She is best known for the many years she spent planning and supervising the building of convent and school buildings in various parts of the Notre Dame world.
A strong woman who had no problem directing the work of construction crews, she was highly respected by the men who worked with her. One remarked, “I wish I had a head like yours, Sister.” Her quick reply was, “Be satisfied with the head God gave you, and make good use of it.”

Needlework sampler done by Sister Mary when she was a student at St. Mary Parish School in Cincinnati circa 1846-1850
Sister Mary Evelyn
Born: February 15, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois
Baptismal Name: Marilyn Jegen
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur February 15, 1948
Professed her vows February 18, 1950
1951-1962 – Taught in Notre Dame and Parish schools in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
1962-1966 – Studied for her Doctorate
1967 – Began teaching at various Colleges and Universities around the country
1971-1974 – Researcher for the Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace in Rome, Italy
1975-1976 – Educational Consultant for Catholic Relief Services, New York, New York

1972-2005 – Taught part-time courses in Catholic Social Teaching and Christian Spirituality at Mundeleine College, Creighton University and Trinity College
1976-1979 – Executive Director for the Bread for the World Educational Fund, Chicago, Illinois
1979-2001 – Worked with Pax Christi
1991-2000 – Served as a special consultant to the United Nations
2000-2004 – Worked with the Global Peace Services USA initiative
Died at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio on July 4, 2014


Sister Mary Nepomuncene

Born: January 15, 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Baptismal Name: Mary Menkhaus
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur July 27, 1856
Professed her vows on August 25, 1858
1861 - Helped open Holy Trinity School, Dayton, Ohio
1867-1884 – served as Superior of the community at Franklin Street, Dayton, Ohio

1876 – Planned and built the first large convent at Franklin Street in Dayton
1880 – Oversaw the building of the convent chapel at Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio
1897 – Oversaw the building of a new convent at Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio
1889 – Oversaw the renovations and expansion at Waltham, Massachusetts
1890 - 1895 – Oversaw the building of the Summit, Cincinnati, Ohio
1891 – Oversaw the construction of a new convent and academy building in Hamilton, Ohio
1903 – Oversaw the construction of St. Mary’s Hall at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio
Died at the Summit, Cincinnati, Ohio on July 20, 1919

Sister Teresita Weind
Born: Columbus, Ohio
1960 – Entered the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation and professed vows in 1963
1963-1969 – Served as a nurse in North Dakota and Illinois
1972 – Affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, transferred her vows in 1973
1970-1973 – Served as Pastoral Minister at St. Joseph Parish and works in Cabrini Green Projects, Chicago, Illinois
1973-1979 – Director of Liturgical Formation for Black Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago
1979-2005 – Pastoral Ministry at parishes in Chicago, Illinois & Saginaw, Michigan
2001-2005 – Director of the Spirituality Center at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio
2005-2008 –Ohio Province Leadership Team
2008-present: Congregational Leader for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

She is gifted with the ability to make the Word of God come alive for people in practical and powerful ways. She is a woman of deep prayer, contemplative discernment and integrity who has been called by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to lead all of us in living out Gospel values in the Spirit of Saint Julie and according to our Constitutions. She challenges all of us to be more aware of the voices of the people trapped in poverty and oppressed, and more responsive to the needs of those around us.

Sister Mary Hyacinthe
Born: December 25, 1819 at Bierghes, Belgium
Baptismal Name: Clemence Huart
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1846
Professed her vows in May 14, 1848
1850 – Arrived at Sixth Street
1856 – Named first Superior of the community at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1860 – Named first Superior of the community at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio
1886-1890 – Sent to fill in for Superiors of communities at Worcester, Chelsea, Berkley Street & Cambridge, Massachusetts; serves as 1st Superior at Waltham, Massachusetts
1890 – Returned to Mt. Notre Dame
Died at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio December 15, 1903

She had a younger sister who was also a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur: Sister Mary Eudoxia
Her gentle spirit and care for her Sisters made her a good superior.
Sent with nine other Sisters to America, stayed at Sixth Street long enough to learn English and then was named the second Superior of the Notre Dame community at Chillicothe, Ohio
She oversaw the development of Mt. Notre Dame for 26 years.

Sister Raphael of the Sacred Heart

Born: February 9, 1858 at Brooklyn, New York
Baptismal Name: Lucy Pike
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1890
Professed her vows in 1892
1885 – Received her medical degree
1900 – Served as part of the first faculty at Trinity College and begins the Greek Department
1912 – Organized the Biology Department
1918 – Oversaw the care of students during the influenza epidemic
1920 – Unanimously elected President of the College; she strengthened programs, expanded buildings and built the Notre Dame Chapel
1929 – Named superior at Waltham, Massachusetts
1935 – Returned to Trintiy
Died at Trintiy March 21, 1940


Lucy grew up in Massachusetts and entered the Ipswich Seminary, a women’s college in 1874.
During college she became interested in Catholicism and started to study it. She is later part of the Concord School of Philosophy organized by Amos Bronson Alcott, the father of Louisa May Alcott.
She studied medicine at Boston University and was a practicing medical doctor. During the influenza epidemic all of the 80 Trinity students she cared for recovered.


Sister Julia
Born: February 18, 1827 at Mount Charles, Ireland
Baptismal Name: Susan McGroarty
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur April 26, 1846
Professed her vows August 3, 1848
1867 – Built West Rittenhouse Square convent and school in Philadelphia
1885 – Named assistant to Sister Superior Louise
1887 – Appointed Provincial Superior after death of Sister Superior Louise
1889 – Opened the Waltham, Massachusetts novitiate
1897-1901 – Plans for and builds Trinity College in Washington, DC
1900 – Opened the Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died at Peabody, Massachusetts November 12, 1901

Her early ministries included teaching at Sixth Street in Cincinnati, serving as Mistress of Boarders at Roxbury in Massachusetts and as Superior of the community in Philadelphia.
As Provincial Superior she oversaw continued expansion and growth of the work of the Sisters until her own death.
In 1888 she developed a Course of Studies for Notre Dame Schools in the United States and initiated regular prinicpal/teacher meetings as well as end-of-term examinations for Notre Dame schools.

Sister Kathleen Harmon
Born in Urbana, Illinois and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1963
Professed her vows in 1965
1967-1978 – Taught English and Religion at Notre Dame High Schools in Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati, Ohio
1980-1983 – Served as Vocation Director for the Ohio Unit
1984-1992 – Served as Director of Music at parishes in the Dayton, Ohio area
2001 – Received her Doctorate in Liturgy
Since 2001 she has worked as the music director for programs of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio.

She is the author of numerous articles and publications including
The Mystery We Celebrate
,
The Song We Sing: A Theology of Liturgical Music
,
The Ministry of Cantors
, and
The Ministry of Music
. She is also a contributor to the
Living Liturgy
™ family of resources, published by Liturgical Press. An educator and musician, she facilitates liturgical music workshops and cantor formation programs. She says, "I help the cantors experience the psalms as agents of change. When they discover the responsorial psalm is a bridge to encounter Christ in the Gospel reading, they sing the psalm in a different way. In their singing and praying of the psalm, they also lead the congregation to a meeting with Christ in the Gospel."


Sister Columba
Born: April 28, 1902 at Washington, D.C.
Baptismal Name: Catherine Louise Mullaly
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur February 1, 1928
Professed her vows February 2, 1930
1930-1940 – Taught French at West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School
1940 – Took charge of Trinity Preparatory School and the Boarders at Ilchester, supervised the high schools of the Maryland Province
1941 – 1989 – Began her long service at Trinity College.
Died March 14, 1996

At Trinity she taught in the English and Education departments, served as Dean of Studies, Vice president for Academic Affairs, Vice president for Institutional Research and as Archivist.
Trinity freshmen quaked in the presence of her compelling wit and dominate voice and presence. By their senior year she had becoming their caring and loving friend – especially to those who were in trouble.
She wrote
Julie Billiart: the Saint of the Aggiornamento
and
Trinity College Washington, D.C.: The First Eighty Years
.

Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart
Born: July 5, 1832 in Tipperary County, Ireland
Baptismal Name: Elizabeth Toohy
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur April 13, 1862
Professed her vows August 12, 1864
1881 – Began giving religious instruction to deaf children in her classroom at St. Xavier School
1886 – Began full-time teaching of deaf children in at classroom at Notre Dame Academy, Sixth Street; she continued this work for the rest of her life
Died at Sixth Street in Cincinnati on December 24, 1912

Eventually she was asked to open a school for the deaf by the Archbishop.
1893 – Alexander Graham Bell visited her school for the deaf and highly praised her work.
1912 – Wrote to the director of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and pleaded that priests be trained in the manual alphabet and sign language so they could better minister to deaf persons; her plea was heard.
Her work with the deaf laid the foundation for the creation of St. Rita’s School for the Deaf in Cincinnati.

Sister Louise
Born: November 14, 1813 in Bergen op Zoom, Holland
Baptismal Name: Josephine Van der Schrieck
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur October 15, 1837 at Namur
Professed her vows May 11, 1839 at Namur
1840 - Named to be part of first community to travel from Belgium to Cincinnati
1845 - Named Superior of the Notre Dame community at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
1848 - Named Provincial and becomes Superior of all Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur east of the Rocky Mountains
Died at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio December 3, 1886

As the first Novice Mistress in Cincinnati her job was to train American women who wanted to be Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
During her 38 years of service 26 large secondary houses were opened in Ohio, Massachusetts, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. with the Sisters operating more than 60 academies and parish schools.
The Sisters of Notre Dame under her care grew to number 651 with an additional 99 in training at the time of her death.

Sister Judith Merkle
Born: Dayton, Ohio
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1970
Professed her vows in 1972
1970-1976 – Taught in elementary schools in Lancaster, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio
1976-1980 – Served as principal of the Middle School at the Summit in Cincinnati and St. Susanna Parish School in Mason, Ohio
1985 – Received her Doctorate in Theology from St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada
2014 – Received the St. Elizabeth Seton Medal that recognizes a woman who has made outstanding contributions to theology
Currently a full professor on the faculty of Niagara University in New York

She has written numerous books and presented more than fifty papers on such topics as culture, economy and faith; Gaudium et Spes; social ethics; and Catholic social teaching. She has presented papers, chaired panels, lectured and participated in round table conversations on theology in Canada, England, Belgium, Rome, and the Vatican as well as multiple venues in the United States.
She has served on the boards of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the College Theology Society.
She continues to make significant contributions to the study of culture and faith, moral theology, the intersection of sacramental theology and justice, and religious life.


Sister Mary

Born: April 4, 1859 in Mason, Ohio
Baptismal Name: Margaret Henretty
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur November 14, 1880
Professed her vows July 26, 1883
1900 – Helped to open Trinity College
1903 – Became Academic Dean
1921 – Named superior of Mt. Notre Dame
1922 – Named superior of Emanuel College, Boston
1928 – Named treasurer of the Summit, a ministry she continued until her death.
Died at September 4, 1936 at the Summit in Cincinnati

Taught at various academies of Notre Dame and in 1899 was selected to become a member of the pioneer staff of Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
She accompanied another Sister to Belgium and England to study methods in higher education.
She won the respect and admiration of outstanding educators around the country, as well as the love and loyalty of a generation of students.

Sister Rosalia of the Blessed Sacrament

Born: March 26, 1882 at Holyoke, Massachusetts
Baptismal Name: Rose Lee
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur May 21, 1900
Professed her vows August 15, 1905
1928 – Named provincial of the Eastern Province headquartered at Waltham, Massachusetts
1934 – Named provincial of the new Maryland Province headquartered at Ilchester, Maryland
Died at July 1, 1962 at Ilchester, Maryland

She suffered from ill health her whole life, but she was known for her strength of will, her kindness and understanding heart. Her creative energy was well used in growing and expanding the Maryland Province and Notre Dame minitries in the South. When confronted with obstacles she said, “I’m not looking at the dirt; I’m looking through the dirt.”
She acquired the buildings that would become Notre Dame Schools at Maryvale, Villa Julie and Wyncote.

Sister Kristin Matthes
Born in Orlando, Florida
1983 – Entered the Coesfeld Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo making vows in 1987.
1989-2004 – Taught in various elementary and secondary schools around Ohio
1997 – Affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and transferred her vows in 2000
1998 – Starts
Giving Voice
2004-2008 – Helped to open and serves as campus minister and teacher at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts
2011-2014 – Sent to St. Camillus Parish, Silver Spring, Maryland to work in Faith Formation
Currently Sister Kristin is working in Young Adult Ministry.

Giving Voice
is a peer-led organization that creates spaces for younger women religious to build relationships, learn from one another, and build skills for the future with peers across religious congregations. She served on the Editorial Board for the Giving Voice magazine for 10 years.
In her work with you adults she appreciates the opportunities to create spaces for people to nurture a faith that frees them to experience their innate goodness as people formed in the image and likeness of our good God.

Sister Geraldine Bolzan
Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960
Professed her vows in 1962
1964-1987 – Taught biology at Notre Dame High Schools in Cincinnati, Dayton and Chicago
1987-1996 – Served as Pastoral Associate/DRE at Parishes in Chicago
1996-2005 – Served as Vocation Minister as 1st Site Director for NDMVAC program in Chicago
2005-2012 – Served as Novice Director training Kenyan Sisters of Notre Dame in Nairobi, Kenya

2012-present: Sister Gerry serves as Director of Sisters in Initial Commitment (they have not yet made final vows as Sisters of Notre Dame) and helps to train teachers and catechists.
She says the Sisters of Notre Dame in Kenya "… hope that we may continue to reach out to those living in poverty and help them to help themselves through education as well as working for justice in dealing with corruption and many other unjust situations here."
Sister Francis Regis
Born: 1822 in Luxemburg
Baptismal Name: Marie Josephine Haas
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1842
Professed her vows September 26, 1845
1847 – Sent to America
1867 – Opens St. Ann’s, the first parochial school for African American children in Cincinnati and was principal there until 1893.
Died at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio November 23, 1895

During her first 20 years in America she served on the Academy staffs at Sixth Street, Chillicothe and Mt. Notre Dame. She also taught at St. Mary and St. Augustine Parish Schools in Cincinnati.
When the Jesuits requested Sisters to open a school at St. Ann Parish for African Americans Sr. Francis Regis begged Sister Superior Louise to let her serve in this ministry.
She worked to improve the lives of her students both in and outside of the classroom.

St. Ann's School
Sister Catherine Phelps
Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in the Washington, D.C. area
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950
Professed her vows 1952
1952-1970 – Serves as teacher and/or principal at various Notre Dame schools in the Washington and Baltimore area
1970 – Sent to Trinity School, Ilchester Maryland

She has provided leadership to the Trinity School community for over 40 years. She has worked with her staff to develop an educational program that encourages students to recognize and accept the uniqueness of each person. She says, "I know that I am in a position where I can create an environment that really makes children happy and helps them to thrive. I certainly want to have that same environment for my teachers where they can grow professionally and spiritually.”
Sister Rose Ann Fleming
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1955
Professed her vows in 1957
1957-1960 – Taught Latin and English at Mt. Notre Dame Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio
1960-1975 – Served as Principal of the Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1975-1982 – Served as President of Trinity College, Washington, D.C.
1982-present – Serves at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.



In 1985 she was asked to create the Xavier University academic advising program for its athletes. Since then Xavier has built a 97% success rate of graduating its athletes and 100% of their men's basketball team athletes have graduated with degrees.
Currently Sister Rose Ann continues to serve at Xavier and is involved in pro-bono legal work often encompassing children and family issues. Why volunteer as a lawyer? She says, "It's a big problem for the little person to get adequate help. If I think I can help someone, I will try."



Sister Anne Ralston
Born in Columbus, Ohio
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 1981
Professed her vows 1983
1986-1995 – Serves as a chaplain at hospitals in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio and Ogden, Utah
1999 to the present – Serves as a Social Worker at University Hospital in Cincinnati.


She is often the one to break the news of a loved one's death to the family. Her gentle compassion helps family members begin the process of grieving. She says, "I help the families to understand the grief process. I talk about the role of the coroner and the burial process. I have resources and contacts for when a body needs to be transported out of the country, or when a family is unable to pay for the burial. I also arrange for the sacraments such as anointing of the sick." She stays with the family for as long as she's needed, or until she's paged to attend another death. When asked how she does it, she smiles and replies, "With the grace of God."
"...the mind and heart of a religious who possess the beautiful virtue of simplicity are always turned towards God alone..."
Saint Julie Billiart

Sister Loyola
Born: May 9, 1810 at Louvain, Belgium
Baptismal Name: Rosalie Celestine Duquesne
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 16 March 1831
Professed her vows in 1833
1843 – Named superior of the first group of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to go to Oregon
1851 – Began a foundation at San Jose, California
1853 – Closes the Oregon foundation and focuses efforts in California
1854 – Sent to Cincinnati where her building skills were desperately needed.
Died at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on December 14, 1880

Her gifts for planning and building were already recognized in Belgium where she finished building a new school right before being sent to America.
In Oregon the Sisters opened a free school, a day school and a boarding school built by Sister Loyola.
She built the first Notre Dame School at San Jose, California.
In Cincinnati she oversaw building expansion at Sixth Street and the building of Mt. Notre Dame in Reading.
She was part of the first community at Mt. Notre Dame.
Sister Alphonse Marie
Born: 1821 in Courtrai, Belgium
Baptismal Name: Zoe Vanderghynst
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1841
Professed her vows in 1843
November 1, 1850 – Arrived in Cincinnati, Ohio
February, 1852 – Sent to Boston
May, 1852 – 1869 Replaces Sister Louis de Gonzague as Superior of the Notre Dame community in Boston
1870 – Named Mistress of Postulants and trusted with the first stage of training for young women entering the community in C
incinnati
Died March 5, 1877 at Sixth Street, Cincinnati
After arriving in 1850 she was put in charge of the little girls in the boarding school at Sixth Street.
Her work in Boston included opening the first Notre Dame Academy there, opening an industrial school to give job training to women and a night school for girls who had to work during the day.
She moved the community to the Berkeley Street location in 1864.
Sister Joan of the Blessed Sacrament
Born: June 30, 1917 in Boulder, Colorado
Baptismal Name: Mary K. Bland
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur December 24, 1938
Professed her vows February 8, 1941
1941-1948 – Taught at high schools Pennsylvania
1948-1963 – Taught History at Trinity College, Washington, D.C.
1963-1969 – Worked with the Sister Formation movement and with the Religious Educators Foundation
1969-1975 – Served as a General Councilor of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Rome
1975-1978 – Served as Vice President at Trinity College, Washington, D.C.
1978-2003 – Created and directed the Education for Parish Service program (EPS) at Trinity
Died at Emmitsburg, Maryland on June 29, 2008

In her work as Vice President she visited Trinity alumnae around the country. She realized the great resource these women could be for their parishes, but they felt inadequate. Sister Joan started thinking of a way women could study scripture and theology and be motivated and prepared for service in the Church.
The EPS program included the study of scripture and theology as well as preparation for service in parishes. It soon spread to other sites in the United States, England and Rome. Sister Joan said, "It began with the simple idea that sophisticated men and women cannot live full Christian lives on a childhood faith and they cannot share – in the home, the parish, the marketplace or the community – what they do not have. We set out to light one candle."

Sister Dorothy Stang
Born: June 7, 1932 in Dayton, Ohio
Religious Name: Sister Mary Joachim
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur January 29, 1949
Professed her vows January 27, 1951
1951-1953 – Taught at grade schools in Calumet City and Villa Park, Illinois
1953-1966 – Sent to Most Holy Trinity School, Phoenix, Arizona
1966-2005 – Sent to Brazil
Martyred February 12, 2005 in Boa Esperanca, Para, Brazil

She built over 35 churches and schools as she worked to help poor farmers build independent futures for their families.
She worked with the Pastoral Land Commission, an organization of the Catholic Church that struggles for the rights of rural workers and peasants, and defends land reforms in Brazil. Her death came less than a week after meeting with the country's human rights officials about threats to local farmers from illegal loggers and ranchers.
Sister Therese Del Genio
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1960
Professed her vows in 1962
1964-1974 – Taught in various grade schools in Cincinnati, Illinois and Indiana
1971-1976 – Served at Harbor House, East Chicago, Indiana.
1976-1987 – Pastoral Staff at St. Victor Parish, Calumet City, Illinois
1987-1993 – Assistant Director of Field Education at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois training future ministers
1993-2009 – Southwest Chicago P.A.D.S.
2009-2013 – served as Director of Novices training new Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Currently Sister Therese is serving at Our Daily Bread in Cincinnati

Harbor House was a shelter and outreach ministry to the homeless. It was there that Sister Therese discovered her gifts and her passion for working with the homeless and those dealing with addictions.
She served as a volunteer, part-time employee and as full-time Director there.
She later founded and oversaw the growth of Southwest Chicago P.A.D.S., a ministry to the homeless.
She is now Assistant to the Social Worker in the Social Service Programs at Our Daily Bread in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio: a ministry of hospitality dedicated to serving the needs of neighborhood residents and those who frequent the area. The ministry strives to provide stability and hope to individuals and the neighborhood community, by offering not just a warm meal, but also providing social services and a place for people to socialize in a safe, respectful, caring environment.

Sister Thecla
Born: September 26, 1891
Baptismal Name: Anna Marie Ryan
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur August 20, 2010 at Sixth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Professed her vows: August 12, 1912
1916-1933 – Taught at Notre Dame Academies and high schools in Hamilton and Dayton
1933-1962 – Taught classes to the Postulants and Novices and served as Directress of Studies
Died at Mt. Notre Dame, Reading, Ohio on January 16, 1962

Subjects she taught included: Religion, English, Literature, Spanish and Latin.
As Directress of studies she oversaw the professional training of hundreds of Sisters, helping them discover the gifts God had given them and grow those gifts into skills to be used to help God’s people.

Sister Leocadie
Born: December 25, 1849 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Baptismal Name: Frances O’Meara
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur June 13, 1875
Professed her vows July 16, 1877
1887 – Began writing the Life of Sister Superior Louise – a work later completed and published as the
Memoirs of Sister Louise
1894-1916 – Edited and printed a magazine for the Notre Dame world called
Among the Reapers of the Fields of Notre Dame
Died at the Summit in 1928

Her major contribution to the work of Notre Dame was her writing, printing and binding Notre Dame literature and other works on printing presses she ran at Sixth Street and at the Summit, both located in Cincinnati.
Sister Judy Tensing
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 1956
Professed her vows 1958
1958-1978 – Taught at parish schools in Illinois; Hamilton, Dayton, Lancaster & Cincinnati, Ohio
1978-1983 – Served as a member of the Pastoral Team at St. Joseph Parish, Cincinnati, Ohio
1984-2010 – Served as Director of the West End Center in Cincinnati
1986 – Started Power Inspires Progress (PIP) program with another Sister

PIP operates small businesses in inner-city Cincinnati to provide paid on-the-job training and meaningful work experiences for adults with employment barriers. Venice Catering and Venice on Vine Pizzeria are two of the small businesses operated by PIP that provide a structured yet supportive environment where trainees build a work history, job skills and educational goal.
Sister Judy continues to work with PIP. She says, "We provide a workplace community where people are able to break out of the cycle of poverty by improving their lives and the lives of their children."
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