Put Your
Faith Into Action

Christmas is a time of hope. And you can help spread hope by supporting the work of the Notre Dame Sisters.


“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
James 1:17

We Help

We Notre Dame Sisters have made it our tradition for more than 100 years to serve the people of Omaha and beyond. Let us focus on what your partnership provides to Omaha.

Housing for Low-Income Seniors

Our motherhouse continues to serve as the only Omaha nonprofit offering affordable housing (107 apartments), social and supportive services, along with a senior center.

Domestic Violence Relief

Since July alone, we assisted more than 67 women and children transition from domestic violence shelters to their own apartment in town. We can provide this only with your help.

Sisters’ Individual Impact

Our sisters often work one-on-one serving the community. Some examples are:

  • Sr. Celeste Wobeter continues to care for her hospice patients during the pandemic
  • Sr. Mary Hlas continues to work night shifts as a hospital chaplain, serving the sick and dying at a time when family and loved ones cannot visit hospitals.


All of us are looking to focus our energies on something good. Join us in our work giving back.



Whether it’s shopping, volunteering or connecting, check out Share Omaha for our and other local nonprofits’ latest needs.



Write to a sister. Whether you have spoken recently or not in many years, a handwritten letter means more nowadays than ever.



We invite you to join our Memorial or Prayer Associations and join us weekly in praying for those who need it.



All of our ministries from Notre Dame Housing to Safe Homes to our individual works are made possible by your donations.

sr josita

Christmas Traditions

See some of our memories of celebrating Christmas as children

As we children did our farm chores Christmas Eve, our dad reminded us to feed the chickens and cattle more than usual. This was a custom my grandmother brought from Czechoslovakia. It was our way to thank our animals that served us just as they served the Holy Family by sharing their stable with Joseph, Mary and their newborn, Jesus.
– Sr Josita Hanus ND

matcha family

Christmas Traditions

See some of our memories of celebrating Christmas as children

My parents would take our family to St. James Orphanage on Christmas to entertain the orphans by singing and playing music. The impact of growing up celebrating the biggest holiday of the year sharing my talents with the orphans, the poor and the homeless has instilled in me a passion to serve the homeless and those who were not blessed with the family and opportunities that I had in my life.
– Sr Stephanie Matcha ND

rolenc farm

Christmas Traditions

See some of our memories of celebrating Christmas as children

We grew up on a farm west of Brainard, Nebraska. Late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve, dad would come from doing chores to the porch and holler at us, “Come quickly girls! I just saw Santa Clause in the grove!” We’d rush to the porch and push open the door to look. “Oh, you’re too late…. Santa’s already gone,” Dad would tell us. We never caught on that while we were staring out from the porch, mom was putting the presents under the tree.
– Srs Karen and Anita Rolenc ND

An Advent

By Sr. Ernestine Havlovic

Heavenly Father, we beg you to make this season a time of slowing down, a time to open our hearts in preparation for your coming.

Let our love of God spread throughout the world and may we find joy in bringing joy to others.