St. Julie Billiart





Sisters of Notre Dame

The Sisters of Notre Dame trace their spiritual foundation to St. Julie Billiart in 1804.  St. Julie and her companions in Namur, France, gathered young women who devoted themselves to the catechesis and education of women and children, especially those living in poverty.  At the invitation of the Bishops of Cleveland and Covington, the German branch of the Sisters of Notre Dame, founded in 1850, responded by sending Sisters in 1874.

The Sisters of Notre Dame have membership of 2,100 sisters serving in eighteen countries: Brazil, China, England, Germany, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, United States of America and Vietnam.

Metro Catholic began in 1988 with the merge of 3 parish schools administered by the Sisters of Notre Dame:  St. Boniface, St. Michael and St. Stephen.  From the beginning the Sisters of Notre Dame of the Chardon Province have supported Metro Catholic with personnel and contributed services that cannot be measured.  There are currently 8 Sisters of Notre Dame in ministry at Metro Catholic School. 

In recent years the Sisters of Notre Dame have welcomed sisters of other religious communities in partnership at Metro Catholic.  Currently, one Ursuline Sister serves on the Administrative Team and three others are on staff as well.

Charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame

As Sisters of Notre Dame we share in the special gifts of the Holy Spirit given to our spiritual mother, Julie Billiart, to our foundress, Hilligonde Wolbring, and to our co-foundress, Elizabeth Kühling. Hilligonde’s charism, a deep experience of God’s provident care, moved her to a compassionate love for others, especially poor children.

Through the formation, the living tradition, and the Constitutions which our first Coesfeld Sisters received from the Amersfoort Sisters, our congregation shares in the charism of Julie Billiart, a deep experience of God’s goodness:

“Ah, qu’il est bon, le bon Dieu!”

The charism of our congregation, a deep experience of God’s goodness and provident care, continues to be enriched by the creative fidelity of each Sister of Notre Dame.