Constitutions

The Constitutions describe the way of life of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur internationally. They include inspired goals for living out the Spirit, Mission, Spirituality and Governance of our Religious Congregation. The Constitutions have their origins in the rule life written by our Co-Foundresses, St. Julie Billiart and Françoise Blin de Bourdon in the early 19th century.

WHO WE ARE

“Julie named her Congregation the Sisters of Notre Dame as an expression of her love for Mary, woman of faith…” (Constitutions #8)
“We strive to grow ‘in the spirit of Mary, the virtue of Mary, the strength and power of Mary.’” (Constitutions #50)

WHERE WE SERVE

“It was Julie’s vision that the Sisters would go throughout the world proclaiming God’s loving care for all peoples.”   (Constitutions #7)

HOW WE SERVE

“Our common aim is to express in our time, as Julie did in hers that God is good.”   (Constitutions #9)

SPIRITUALITY

“Our Spirituality is apostolic in the tradition of St. Julie whose unique experience of prayer and action enabled her to find God’s presence everywhere and in a special way among the poor.” (Constitutions #44)

JOIN US

“We are united by a common vision of the Gospel and a common call from God to follow Jesus according to our heritage in Notre Dame, in Julie’s simplicity and joy.”    (Constitutions #33)