“Good will alone is not enough; it must also be put into practice.” - Saint Julie
At the heart of the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is St. Julie Billiart’s belief in the goodness of God. Notre Dame students reflect the spirituality of Saint Julie Billiart in their own lives through service to those in need. Students participate in service projects at all grade levels, and school-wide drives and fundraisers support community outreach. The Academy requires 45 hours of service hours for high school students as a graduation requirement.
The Hallmarks of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur reflect St. Julie’s belief in God’s goodness, and are characterized by a deep respect for the dignity of each individual. Hallmark Four proclaims, “We commit our lives to community service.” The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur has embraced that call to reach out to the poor and those in need, and integrates service learning into the academic and co-curricular programs.
In Luke 16: 19-30, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. In that parable, Jesus asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Our students seek to answer that question, through direct service with members of our local communities, with an understanding that we are all created in God’s image and likeness.
In addition to service trips with Religion classes students have the opportunity to participate in service projects after school, and on the weekends, as well as a summer service trip to Costa Rica. Service opportunities available through Notre Dame include:
- Women of Hope meals and companionship
- Women of Change meals and companionship
- Saint Francis Inn meals and companionship
- Share Food Program food bank
- Walk for Water support for clean water
- PB & J and Canned Food Drives for Patrician Society
- Clothing Drive for Saint Vincent de Paul
- Thanksgiving Basket Drive for Saint Francis Inn
- Infant Clothing and Diaper Collections for Mother’s Home and Catholic Charities
- iCan Bike Camp