The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur exist to provide outreach to people who have limited resources. We are part of a legion of women and men religious who carry out Jesus’ ministry to those who are the most vulnerable, primarily through education. For 213 years, we have moved forward through challenges ranging from, but not limited to, the rejection of local clergy, world and civil wars, immigrant suppression and misogyny “to proclaim through our lives that God is indeed Good.” Our Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts rests on the foundation and continues the tradition of our high school that opened in 1859 for the daughters of immigrant families working in the local mills.
Now, amid a largely Hispanic population of students, we are optimistically focused knowing that we touch the lives of our Cristo Rey students in a manner that sparks their inner energy to propel them forward to become thoughtful adults, capable of making responsible choices in every avenue of their lives, (family, society, religious, civic) for the common good. We are grateful for the Cristo Rey Network that allows us to maximize our outreach and lift our students onto a larger national playing field.
Sr. Maria Delaney SNDdeN
Co-Director, US Office of Sponsored Ministries, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur