The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is rooted in the faith tradition of the Catholic Church; the charism of our foundress, Saint Julie Billiart; and the legacy of service of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Through their lives and actions, and guided by the seven Hallmarks of the Notre Dame learning community, our students and graduates proclaim the goodness of God.
Prayer and Worship
“You will find in prayer the strength for your journey.” - Saint JulieThe Notre Dame community begins each day in prayer, led by Campus Ministry members. Each week, students and faculty gather for Community Prayer, with members of Campus Ministry and other members of our school community offering scripture readings, prayers for intercession, and reflections.
Our community gathers for Mass throughout the liturgical year, with students in all grade levels taking an active role in the liturgy as readers, cantors, gift bearers, and altar servers. Sacred music, offered by the Academy’s liturgical choir and instrumentalists, deepen and support our worship. There are many opportunities for families to become engaged in the liturgical life of the school community, including the Welcome Mass for new families in August, the Opening Liturgy followed by the Mother-Daughter Picnic in September, and the Father-Daughter Communion Breakfast in October. The incoming sixth and ninth grade classes and all transfer students are warmly welcomed into the student body during the Opening Liturgy when they receive St. Julie medals and sunflower pins from their faculty advisors.
Each February, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur return to campus to join the Notre Dame community in prayer as they gather to remember the life and charism of their Foundress, St. Julie Billiart. During the Saint Julie Mass, the sisters affirm the vows made on the day of their profession, praying, "We ask you, our good God, to keep us faithful so that we may stand with the poor in the most abandoned places, build community on earth, and proclaim your goodness all the days of our lives."
During Advent and Lent, a weekly Mass is offered in the Mansion prior to the start of the school day. Students and faculty participate in a community Reconciliation service with opportunities for individual confession each semester, and are invited to pray the Rosary each Friday during the months of October and May.
Campus Ministry Team
“Our life will never be long enough to thank the good God.” - Saint Julie
Middle and high school students are invited to join Campus Ministry as participating members or as team leaders who plan and facilitate activities. The goal of Campus Ministry is to provide service opportunities, faith enrichment, retreats, and pastoral care to our Notre Dame community.