The Sisters of Notre Dame

The Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame came into being in Coesfeld, Germany in 1850. In 1849, two young teachers, Hilligonde Wolbring and Elisabeth Kuhling, befriended orphaned and neglected children and took them into Hilligonde's home where they educated and cared for them. Both young women had been educated in the spiritual and pedagogical tradition of Reverend Bernard Overberg.

From the beginning of our congregation, Christian education in its various forms has been our principal activity. The sisters entrusted with this ministry devote themselves to the holistic education of those in their care. They integrate Christian values with all areas of knowledge to form people able to influence Christian transformation of society.

Today the Sisters of Notre Dame, a Marian family of women religious, serve the Church throughout the world in education and other ministries. Together with their lay collaborators, they continue to be bearers of hope and joy, witnessing to God's goodness and provident care.

Awareness of world realities, a sense of social justice and concern for the environment are integral to our ministry of education.