Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Roseanne Murphy

After Roseanne Murphy finished nurse's training to become an RN, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur whom she knew from five years of boarding school in Belmont, California at Notre Dame High School. Sr. Roseanne was sent to Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, and then to Stanford University for her M.A. in the same subject. When she won a Research Assistantship to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, she spent three years studying for her Doctorate in Sociology. She returned to Belmont where she was assigned to College of Notre Dame in Belmont where she has been since 1965. After 37 years of being Department Chair for the Sociology/Psychology Department, Sr. Roseanne retired from teaching and now works for the Advancement office. In 1987, she was asked to deliver a paper in Namur on the apostolic work of St. Julie Billiart, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame. She got so enthusiastic about the life of St. Julie, she determined that she would write a new biography of the saint to help many people know more about her. The book, Julie Billiart, A Woman of Courage, was published in 1995. Because of that work, she was asked to write the life of Sr. Dorothy Stang, the SND murdered in Brazil in 2005. Her second book, Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sr. Dorothy Stang, was published in 2007. Presently, she is Interim Vice President of Advancement for Notre Dame de Namur University, the new name of the former College of Notre Dame.


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