With great sadness, the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur mourns the death of Sister Mary Anne Broughton.
Known for her deep love of Saint Julie and her gentle manner, Sister Mary Anne ministered to the Notre Dame community in a variety of roles during her 16 years at the Academy - as a member of the faculty, Director of the Middle School, and as Notre Dame's President from 2002-2008. In 2014-2015, she served as the Academy's Executive Director of Mission Effectiveness.
With each position, Sister Mary Anne remained firm in her efforts to provide our students with a rich spiritual experience as she continually ensured that the Notre Dame community lived the school's Mission.
In a 2014 interview in VISIONS magazine, Sister reflected on her experiences at Notre Dame, "Through my daily interactions with our wonderful young women, parents, faculty, staff and alumnae, I strive to bring to them Saint Julie's words, 'How good is the good God!'
Sister Mary Anne began her religious vocation as a Sister of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1964 and was a member of the IHM community for 18 years before becoming a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.
"I had known and admired the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from my high school years as a student at Notre Dame in Rittenhouse Square and beyond," recalled Sister Mary Anne in a 2014 interview in Endeavor, a publication of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
"Now, as I reflect back, I recognize that same spirit of simplicity and prayerfulness I experienced as a student. Further contact with the Sisters of Notre Dame brought me increasingly to appreciate their integrity and enduring commitment to live fully the mission of the congregation. I appreciated it and before long I shared it. Becoming a Sister of Notre Dame was rather like coming home."
Please keep Sister Mary Anne and all the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in your thoughts and prayers.