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The Notre Dame Sisters host several events throughout the year.
The following is an overview of upcoming events. Make sure to mark your calendar!

Celebration of Spirit

March 27, 2022

With such generosity from our friends, family, and supporters, we were able to raise more than $150,000 at our Celebration of Spirit. $50,000 was raised for a wheelchair accessible van for the Sisters during Raise the Paddle.

Thank you to those who bid on items, bought raffle tickets, and especially to those who raised their paddle.

Susan and Bill Cutler received the Mother Qualberta Award.

Read more about Susan and Bill Cutler

Event News

  • Updates from our Alumnae

    We were incredibly grateful for all of the updates we received from our Notre Dame Academy alumnae. You continue to impress us with your travels, family accomplishments, careers, volunteerism, and community building.

    We mailed out full programs with these updates. If you did not receive one, or would like to print your own, click here:

    Print 2022 Alumnae program

     

    Georgia (Cubrich ’61) Gregg

    Dick & l will be celebrating our 60th anniversary  on September 15th. Thought you could put it in the next newsletter….we have two children. Cheryl Gregg & David Gregg & his wife Michelle….three grandchildren….Matthew & his wife Jessica & Patrick Gregg & Kathryn Kocanda. Great grands… Kaliah, Dom, Max, Luca & Layne…as you can see our family is growing. We are doing well & thankful to be celebrating 60 years together.

     

    1968 – Mary Lou (Melia) Brennan

    I left my job at Nebraska Spine and Pain Center 4 1/2 years ago to help my daughter with homeschooling. She has tutored 4 of her 5 children’s classes once a week, she will be tutoring her second sons’ junior class this coming year. Her oldest son will be starting his sophomore year at UNL and her youngest son will be in 2nd grade.

    I have been busy at Church with funeral luncheons, reading for funerals when families don’t have anyone to read. I’ve been involved with RCIA and sponsored candidates for the last 4 years. I also just finished 2 years with the Archdiocesan Mentorship program. Our neighborhood had a block party this past July to meet all of the new neighbors and there were a lot of new neighbors. Everyone enjoyed it so much they would like to hold a block party twice a year now, spring and fall.

    Took a trip to Wyoming and had a wonderful time with my brothers, sister-in-law and her mother at Cheyenne Frontier Days. I’ve told everyone that it’s great to see my brothers and Cheyenne Frontier Days is just an excuse to get together with my family. One of the nicest things is that we say the rosary as a family each night. It’s always a great week to spend with family and in such a beautiful state.

  • Join us for a Notre Dame Housing luncheon

    Join us for a luncheon highlighting the critical impact senior housing has on North Omaha and the broader community. We are grateful that KIOS Development Director and former host Michael Lyon will emcee.

    Our keynote speaker is Naomi Hattaway with Front Porch Investments. She will discuss local senior housing, how the fabric of our community is strengthened through housing, and how our local communities benefit when seniors are cared for.

    We will also celebrate NDH’s 25 years of providing housing, health, and hope to seniors. Our goal at Notre Dame Housing is to provide affordable housing and educational opportunities while combatting isolation and food insecurity for seniors in our community.

    This luncheon will also allow us to raise funds for NDH and our new Enrichment Center which will benefit seniors in North Omaha.

    Event details

    Tuesday, October 18, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Swanson Conference Center Room 201 A,
    Metro Community College-Fort Omaha Campus
    5300 N 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68111

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    About our speaker

    Our keynote speaker is Naomi Hattaway with Front Porch Investments. She will discuss local senior housing, how the fabric of our community is strengthened through housing, and how our local communities benefit when seniors are cared for.

    Naomi is the Director of Communications & Community Initiatives for the Front Porch Initiatives.

    Here is how she describes herself:

    I believe in the power of community impact.

    I believe in listening – between the lines.

    I believe that quiet power is a form of activism, in the magic of kindness, and the beauty of building something that matters.

    I believe that each one of us has leadership inside of us. I also believe that we each have the ability to build and contribute to communities, whether that is physical, virtual or a combination of both.

    I am a quintessential weaver and bridge-builder. I see the through-lines of connectivity and impact between people, places,

    organizations, ideas, and movements. I also consider myself a guide, as I teach and advise, using my skills to strengthen networks and systems. I am at my best when I’m asked to help find solutions, bring people together, and shake things up a bit!

    I understand the importance of connection, the value of living the ethics you promote to your community and the difference between community for the sake of business, and community for the purpose of changing the world.

  • My Father, gracious Dad and best friend - A Father's Day Story

    John and Elizabeth Rolf, parents of Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

    John and Elizabeth Rolf, parents of Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

    By Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

    My father, John Rolf, was born and raised on a farm near West Point Nebraska. I experience my Dad as a very gentle, patient, and trustworthy man with a great trust in God. He was a hard working farmer with great respect for the land, as well as for others.  He was a man of few words, but very wise in his words and work, care for the family and in making decisions.

    Dad spent his days working on the farm and tending to his wife and four children. Like Mom, Dad, too, lost his parents at a young age and was cared for by his siblings.  I can’t say for sure, but I think that may have been what bonded them in their early relationship. Both were happy to stay near West Point where neighbors, friends and extended family were plentiful.

    While my mother spoke openly about her relationship with God, the Church, and family, Dad was quietly aware of God in his life. I often experienced God in my life when I was a child sitting on my dad’s lap combing his hair or sharing my concerns.

    As a very young child I often went to Dad with my worries. He was always up early in the mornings to do the chores and milk the cows.  Often I would go into the barn and talk to him. My siblings thought I was a hard worker, assisting Dad with the milking the cows.  But I was just standing by his side talking to him about life.    In the summers when he was working in the field, Mother always made snacks and coffee which I took to him and had a chance to talk to him about my questions or concerns.  Talking to Dad help me to know and love God’s presence.

    In the article of my mother I shared about our house burning down. A few years later mother was a patient in an Omaha hospital for several months after our youngest sister was born.  Often Dad would be up later in the evening working or reading.  I would sneak out of bed to talk to him about my concern regarding Mother, hoping that she would not die.  He reassured me that she just needs Doctors care but she will come home.  Again, I sense the wisdom of my Dad, and the trust of God’s care for us.

    My only brother was too young to help Dad, so when I was about eleven or twelve, Dad would take me along to the fields to help with the work.  He taught me how to drive the tracker and to drive straight rows when planting corn.

    When it was time for high school, my sister and I attended Notre Dame Academy as borders.  As a freshman, I had an emergency appendix surgery.  So the doctors called my parents to inform them. Dad drove on ice and snow to get to Omaha. I don’t remember what we talked about, but we didn’t talk about the surgery or my pain. I had learned from both of my parents not to complain but live with gratitude.

    Thanksgiving break was always longer for students at Notre Dame Academy, because so many of us were expected to go home to help with the harvest. .

    I never heard my Dad complain about anyone. He was gentle, kind, and respectful, but I discovered his sense of humor when I got older.   He didn’t have parents to raise him, but he found faith on his own, but probably grew in his faith from my Mom and her steadfast trust in God.

    After all of us children were no longer at home, Dad said that he wanted to show Mom the world.  They enjoyed traveling the states, but also several trips to Germany since their ancestors were from there.  Trips to Nevada where my sister lived with her family were vacation they didn’t have earlier in life.

    After my mother died, Dad moved to a retirement center in West Point. He enjoyed many of his friends who lived there.  However, a year later he moved to a retirement center in Omaha that would provide long term care if needed.  This was closer for my brother and me. We could  visit often or whenever he needed help.

    Dad had a great sense of humor. As he got older, it seemed to get became better and better.  Close to the end of his life he was in the hospital with heart problems He knew his days were limited.  Often he would ask me if he would die.  I said “yes, sometime,”’ how do you feel about dying, and he said, “I  have to face the music sooner or later!”   I know he was ready, he just didn’t know how long he’d have to wait.

    I will always remember my dad as quiet, kind, respectful, peaceful, gentle man of God.

     

  • A Mother's Day Story About Perseverance and Gratitude - Sr. Dorothy Rolf

    John and Elizabeth Rolf, parents of Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

    John and Elizabeth Rolf, parents of Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

    Throughout the next week, we will be sharing stories the Sisters remember of their mothers. We honor the women who raised us into the women we have become. Below is a story of perseverance and gratitude from Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND, about her mother Elizabeth.

    My mother’s name was Elizabeth, and she was from West Point, Nebraska. My mother went through so many incredible hardships, but I never heard her complain. She lived a life of gratitude, joy, and old-fashioned German fastidiousness. She was raised by her grandparents after her parents passed away when she was little.

    She was a fantastic mother. She was an excellent cook and invited relatives over all the time for meals, enjoying entertaining everyone with her piano music. Most of our neighbors were relatives of some sort. She was especially good at frying chicken.

    The house fire

    When I was about three or so, before my youngest sister was born, my parents went away during the Feast of Christ the King. We children were staying with relatives. That night our house burned to the ground – we were never sure exactly how it happened; dad guessed it may have been a chimney fire. I distinctly remember seeing the brick frame of the house and the piles of ashes, and the only possession left was a lunchbox that belonged to my sister I found in the ash. Some people would be embittered by this experience, but not my mother. Every year on the Feast of Christ the King we would go to church, and she would pray in gratitude that all of us were away from the house and kept safe from the fire.

    Our community really came together to support our family at that time. Someone allowed us to live in their summer kitchen, a farm building that people used in the summer for washing and cooking to keep their main house cool. For a few months, mother turned that into a home, even making food for all the people harvesting corn that year.

    When it came time to move into our rebuilt house, people from all over the area brought us everything we needed – beds, tables and chairs, kitchen accessories. My mother was incredibly grateful, and she always used to remember who gave us each and every item. If we were in the kitchen, she would say, “Grab that large mixing bowl that so-and-so brought to us.”

    I think that is why she was so gracious and giving throughout her life, because she had felt the graciousness of others when she really needed it.

    What I gained from my mother

    In high school I came to Notre Dame Academy, as did my sisters. She always managed to save some tasks and chores for us to do when we came back to the farm on breaks! Once I realized I wanted to become a Notre Dame Sister, mom was completely supportive. Well, only after calling her brother to see how his daughter had been faring in the Franciscan novitiate!

    I have so much of both of my parents in my personality. When I think of my mother, I think of how adjustable I am to any new situation. I think of completing tasks without complaint, doing work precisely and correctly. I think of living with gratitude for the relationships I have with others.

     

  • Join us for a reception

    THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2022 AT 4:30 PM – 7 PM

    Legends Patio Grill and Bar
    6920 Pacific St. suite 100

    We at Notre Dame Housing are hosting a reception as a preview to SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Days.

    We want to update you first on the good work happening at Notre Dame Housing. This get-together is a great opportunity to connect with other partners, supporters, and staff. Celebrate the 25-year history of Notre Dame Housing and its ongoing evolution. Be the first to hear about exciting upcoming developments.

    The event is for you, your family, and friends to learn more and connect with this unique North Omaha nonprofit. This is a casual “come as you are” event with complimentary beer, wine, non-alcoholic refreshments, and hors d’oeuvres provided.

    Thank you so much for your continued support of Notre Dame Housing. It is your partnership that allows us to continue growing!

    RSVP here
  • Save the Date - Notre Dame Academy Reunion 2022

    September 10th, from 3-5:30 p.m.

    Enjoy a reunion at Notre Dame Housing (previously Notre Dame Academy) Saturday, September 10. We will offer Mass at 3PM, class photos at 4 PM, and at 4:15 PM, tours of the building and refreshments with light appetizers.

    *Your graduating class may be holding special get-togethers before or after the reunion. We will add any information we receive to the website and social media, but feel free to check with your class for updates

    We will be specifically celebrating the classes of:

    • 1972 – 50th anniversary!
    • 1967
    • 1962
    • 1957
    • 1952
    • 1947
    RSVP early and send us your update here

  • Fundraiser for European Notre Dame Sisters supporting Ukrainians

    We are raising matched funds until midnight to send to our Sisters caring for Ukrainian refugees

    Information about the terror in Ukraine and the number of people trying to flee is growing every day. After speaking with our fellow Notre Dame Sisters in Eastern Europe, we have a clearer picture of what they are doing to help. This is our time to support them.
    Donate now
    • The Sisters in the Czech Republic are housing refugees from Ukraine. After Mass on the feast of St. Joseph, Ukrainian refugees prepared their specialty foods and a concert, “Light for the Ukraine,” was held in the chapel of the Sisters.
    • In Slovakia, which is on the border of Ukraine, Sisters house and care for of 13 refugees. They also welcome refugees crossing into Slovakia offering information on local services.
    • Sisters in small towns help provide food and clothing.
    • Others are donating weeks of their time working at the Ukrainian border with volunteers.

    We are raising funds with a $3,000 match.

    The funds will be sent to the Generalate, the headquarters of the Sisters in the Czech Republic, to be distributed as needed to support refugees on several fronts.
    Donate now


    You can also listen to Sr. Margaret speak on KIOS, Omaha’s local NPR station here.

  • A Successful Celebration of Spirit

    Thank you for making the night a success!

    With such generosity from our friends, family, and supporters, we were able to raise more than $150,000 at our Celebration of Spirit. $50,000 was raised for a wheelchair accessible van for the Sisters during Raise the Paddle.

    Thank you to those who bid on items, bought raffle tickets, and especially to those who raised their paddle.

    Bill Cutler

    Susan and Bill Cutler received the Mother Qualberta Service Award

    Read more

    We appreciate our volunteers

    Thank you also to the students from Marian High School and to the Notre Dame Sisters staff who donated their time to ensure the auction and dinner ran smoothly.

  • Susan and Bill Cutler's Mother Qualberta Service Award video

    Watch their video below:

    We were grateful for all of the Cutler family attending the dinner. 

    You can read the article about the Cutlers here.

    Bill Cutler

    About Mother Qualberta & the Service Award

    In 1910, Sister Mary Qualberta brought four sisters from Czechoslovakia to serve Czech immigrants and to establish the Notre Dame Sisters in the United States.

    Their beginning was difficult due to the hardships of the new language and customs, different climate, and a lack of food and means of income. Sister Qualberta encouraged her sisters to persevere.

    They began their ministry at the Hessoun Orphanage in Fenton, Mo., near St. Louis. A year later, more Sisters arrived from Czechoslovakia and Sr. Qualberta was appointed Reverend Mother. She soon had Sisters teaching in schools in Nebraska and Iowa. In 1917 Mother Qualberta sent two Sisters to Omaha to work with Father Edward Flanagan at his first Boys’ Home. In 1920 Omaha became the Provincial Headquarters for the Sisters.

    After serving as Superior for 19 years, Mother Qualberta stepped down from her position. Even in her retirement, she continued to write letters of encouragement to the Sisters and develop educational instruments for teachers to use in classrooms.

    In honor of their American Foundress, the Notre Dame Sisters established an award in her name. Each year the Sisters nominate a person or group who possesses the following qualities: witness to faith in God and love for people, service to others, a pioneering spirit, partnership with the Notre Dame Sisters, and excellence in teaching others.

    Past Mother Qualberta Service Award Recipients

    Kathy Schinker – 1994

    Patricia Callone – 1995

    Dr. & Mrs. Robert Fitzgibbons, Sr. – 1996

    Most Reverend Daniel E. Sheehan – 1998

    Emily Cunningham Kozlik – 1999

    Tessie O. Edwards – 2000

    Juana Espejo – 2001

    Mary Jo Pedersen – 2002

    M. Jane Huerter Weekly – 2003

    Notre Dame Sisters of the

    European Provinces – 2004

    Dick & Renee O’Brien – 2005

    Ada & Joe McDermott – 2006

    Roland & Marta Nieves – 2007

    Randal Korth – 2008

    Knights of Columbus

    Mary Our Queen Council #11700 – 2009

    John Griffith – 2010

    Sr. Marilyn Ross, RSM – 2011

    Ann O’Connor – 2012

    Robert Lanik – 2013

    Sr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, Ph.D. – 2014

    Mike Saklar – 2015

    Byron & Linda Stigge – 2016

    Jo Williams – 2017

    Nancy Bohnenkamp -2018

    Julie Kaminski – 2019

    Stephen Patrick O’Meara – 2020

    Julie Bea and Dick Pieterson – 2021

  • Bill and Susan Cutler receive the 2022 Mother Qualberta Service Award

    Bill and Susan Cutler have been integral parts of their communities in Council Bluffs (where they were both raised) and Omaha for decades. 

    Susan and Bill Cutler“Few people know of their generosity. One of things they do is quietly provide gifts for people and nonprofits, but always with humility,” said Fr. Don Shane who has known Bill and Susan for more than 25 years, and worked with Bill preparing funeral services for local families.

    Still, both Bill and Susan have been honored and noticed for their great contributions over the years. Bill is CEO and chairman of Heafey Hoffman Dworak and Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha, NE and Cutler O’Neill Meyer Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, IA as well as the Walnut Hill, Cedar Lawn, Memorial Park and Ridgewood Cemeteries in Council Bluffs. He was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame in 2015.

    Susan Cutler (formerly Susan Eakin) was born and raised in Council Bluffs. She is a 1966 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School where she met Bill. Susan graduated in 1970 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Following graduation, she taught 3rd grade at Hoover Elementary in Council Bluffs until her daughter Jeanie was born.

    They have been married for 52 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. They made the big move from Council Bluffs to Omaha in 1987.

    Susan and Bill Cutler with family

    The children remember their parents as being hard workers throughout their lives.

    “My dad was put on this earth to be a funeral director,” said Bill Cutler IV. “When he was growing up in Council Bluffs, his school was a block away from our funeral home. When he walked to and from school he wanted to stop there, but his father wouldn’t allow it.”

    Nothing was going to stop Bill from pursuing his calling to become a funeral director, and he has passed that love down, including to his son who is now also a funeral director.

    Bill Cutler

    “My dad always allowed me to be there when I was little and then I was able to start working there on a serious level at 16,” Bill IV continued. “Having that opportunity at a young age taught me a lot about life and compassion and caring for others. I appreciate that my parents allowed me to experience that growing up.”

    All of his children have helped out at the home over the years, making this a true family ministry of compassion. And while Bill was a role model at work, he said he hoped his children looked to their mother and followed her example.

    “She is a great example of faithful giving, and a role model of doing the right thing,” Bill said.

    Susan said her style of parenting wasn’t to order her children to be a part of their community, but to show them what joy it brings. “Watching my parents growing up, they were great leaders in their church and their community, so children and grandchildren learn by watching examples,” she said.

    “I was always inspired by my dad’s understated optimism. Couple that with my mom’s faith and trust in God that you always are where you are meant to be, she taught us to walk by faith and not by sight,” said Jackie Conway.

    “My parents have always been givers and do things for others,” said their daughter Jeanie Jones. “My father serves others every single day through his work and my mother serves the community through her volunteerism and philanthropic work. My parents are givers beyond measure and that has inspired me to serve my community as well.”

    While Susan and Bill have both volunteered, given back, and served others for decades, neither has slowed down in recent years.

    Bill currently serves on the Archbishop’s Development Committee and is a member of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. He served as the Board President of the Nebraska Organ Retrieval. He has served on boards across Omaha and Council Bluffs including the Physicians Mutual Insurance Company, Westside Foundation, College of Saint Mary, Mercy Housing, Merrymakers, and Catholic Charities.

    Susan also has an impressive list of service across Omaha and Council Bluffs. She served on several boards that provide educational opportunities for children and on performing arts guilds across our community, creating a more culturally-rich and healthy Omaha Metro area.

    She currently serves on the board of directors for the Methodist Hospital Foundation, University of Nebraska Medical Center Healing Arts Advisory Committee, and the Archbishop’s Committee for Development. She is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy.

    “I have had the personal experience of watching Bill help many, many families without drawing attention to it,” said Fr. Shane. “Families face tragedies, and he is able to be an important part of helping them get through a really tough time. I see him as such an honorable and professional person.”

    As many people who know them would say, Fr. Shane said it best, “My life is better having Bill and his family as friends.”

  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is the association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States including the Notre Dame Sisters.

    Women religious around the world are deeply involved in protecting and promoting the dignity of trafficked people and to creating long-term change to dismantle the systems that enable oppression and exploitation. In 2014, we Notre Dame Sisters recognized human trafficking becoming an epidemic. We teamed up with the Servants of Mary and the Sisters of Mercy to begin the Coalition on Human Trafficking.

    The Coalition on Human Trafficking

    coalition on human trafficking logoWe strive to eliminate human trafficking through awareness and education. With community-based collaboration, we provide information to mobilize people to Realize, Recognize and Respond to Human Trafficking.

    The Coalition training focuses on businesses.  Since a high percentage of human trafficking occurs in hotels and motels, the Coalition began training all employees in hotels and motels and have trained in over 150 h/ms.  Other businesses include OPPD, Ameristar Casino, Lincoln Electric Company.

    The Coalition is now reaching out to other businesses to partner with in addressing this major issue.

    Below is information from LCWR about National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

    Homeland Security

    View on the DHS website

    The Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) play key roles in raising awareness of human trafficking domestically and abroad and in supporting efforts of anti-trafficking organizations, communities of faith, state and local law enforcement, survivor advocates, businesses, and private citizens all around the world to end human trafficking.

    Biden Administration

    The Biden Administration continues to focus on prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships in its updated National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking by:

    • Bolstering partnerships with industry to prohibit forced labor in supply chains
    • Developing improvements to prevent human trafficking of foreign workers and students
    • Strengthening efforts to identify and respond to human trafficking they may encounter
    • Improving access to immigration assistance programs for victims of human trafficking
    • Increasing coordination with law enforcement agencies and the social media and technology industry to hold traffickers accountable and dismantle human trafficking networks
    • Enhancing initiatives that combat forced labor and traffickers’ illicit use of financial systems

    #WearBlueDay

    DHS’s Blue Campaign will host several special events and educational activities throughout the month. Its largest initiative is #WearBlueDay on January 11. To raise awareness of human trafficking, the public is invited to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social media along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag.

    Learn more

    Talitha Kum recently released a video featuring the voices of sisters describing the networks anti-trafficking efforts:

  • Thank you for your Giving Tuesday support!

    Thanks to people like you we raised $9,000 in one day! We received more than 100 items for Sisters and 70 for their fellow Notre Dame Housing residents.
    We still have items that need to be purchased for our Notre Dame Housing care packages, the Sisters’ largest ministry.
    Take a minute to click on the wish list. We have items from $14-$50. Our goal is to give each person some essentials like dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and more, so they can avoid a trip to the store this winter when they run out of something.
    Notre Dame Housing wish list
  • Give a gift that feels great!

    This is a time to reflect on for whom we are grateful. Every day this Advent season, take time to notice the ways bright light is shared with you through the kind deeds you receive or see, affirming words you hear, and wonders surrounding you.
    Make sure you are reaching out and thanking the people who brighten your life.
    Giving Tuesday is coming up November 30, an international day of giving back. We have opportunities to give back to the Notre Dame Sisters through volunteering to become an Associate of the Sisters, buy them a gift from the Amazon wish list, or make a donation that could win us prize money from SHARE Omaha.
    Participate now!

    Throughout Giving Tuesday we will be sharing stories of how Sisters are a light to their communities, and offer several means of giving back. Share our Facebook posts with your friends and family, forward our emails, or make a special call or text message to your close friends. All of these actions will help us get the word out about our goal for the day.

    Want to create even more impact? We are making care packages for each of our residents of Notre Dame Housing, our largest ministry.

    See NDH wish list here

    We are grateful to our residents for creating such an active, caring community here at Notre Dame Housing not only for our fellow Sisters who live here, but all of our 115+ neighbors who we know and love. To brighten their Christmas season, we wanted to stock their shelves with necessities. Maybe with this gift, we can save each resident from an unneeded little trip to the store in the winter.

    From paper goods to cleaning supplies, join us in supporting these great residents by contributing to the Amazon wish list now!
  • Being the Light of the World - a reflection for associates and all of our supporters

    Reflections from our Associates Commitment Ceremony – September 19, 2021

    Almighty and ever-loving God, light has long been a symbol of Your abiding presence. A pillar of fire traveled with the Israelites during the long journey in the desert, reminding them of your presence and protection. Your Son Jesus proclaimed “I am the light of the world.” 

    We ask your presence and blessings on each of us to be your followers as a light to all we meet. We ask your love, grace and courage to be a Light to our family, neighbors, community and world.

    Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will have the light of life, and will never walk in darkness.” 

    In the same way your light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to our Loving God.

    How are you a Light of the world?

    Imagine the stronger light within each of us, imagine the power of those lights shining for the world to see, maybe not the whole world but the part of the world that is ours to be with.  

    Imagine that our light is shared with others and slowly but surely the whole world would be lit with God’s love. That is our prayer right now for our hurting world, the displaced, the abused, and the lost.

    We are looking for new Associates.

    Are YOU the right person to join us?

    Do you:

    • Desire to deepen your prayer life and spirituality?
    • Want to be of service and to share your gifts of time and talent to meet unmet needs?
    • Have interest in building new friendships with like-minded adults?

    Associates of the Notre Dame Sisters learn, pray, and volunteer alongside the Sisters. What does this mean

    for you?

    • Every month spend 1-2 hours gathering for presentations, dialogue, prayer, ministry and relationship
    • Join with the Sisters in praying for people on their weekly prayer list
    • Continue to learn and carry the impactful history of the Sisters
    • Understand local unmet needs and create action

    There are plenty of opportunities for service, fellowship, education, and prayer as an Associate. Learn more by emailing associates@notredamesisters.org today!

  • Five Notre Dame Sisters celebrate jubilees; 320 years of religious service across the Midwest between them

    Five Notre Dame Sisters with 320 years of religious service between them, are celebrating jubilees this year: Sr. Margaret Hickey, Notre Dame Sisters Provincial President is celebrating 60 years along with Sr. Irene Dvorak, ND, and Sr. Corona Humpal, ND. Sr. Ernestine Havlovic, ND, and Sr Joan Polak, ND, are celebrating 70 years. We will be releasing blog posts about each individual Sister in the coming weeks.

    Sr. Ernestine Havlovic, ND

    Generations across Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas know Sr. Ernestine . She has been a beloved teacher at nine schools and a principal at five schools across three states — that’s 51 years of teaching and 31 years as a principal. Two incredible achievements were her tenures from 1978-1994 as principal and teacher at Blessed John Neumann, Clarkson, Nebraska, and from 1994-2002 as a teacher at St. John Nepomucene, Weston, Nebraska.

    Sr. Joan Polak, ND

    While Sr. Joan was born in Brainard, Nebraska, she travelled far from the Midwest, making her Central and South American ministries some of the most impactful in her life. Her first mission was in Chile, South America, from 1963 to1967 and then she served in Honduras from 1994 to 2005. In between she worked diligently as a social worker from 1969 until 1982 with the Douglas County welfare departments and from 1982 to 1991 with the Nebraska Department of Social Services.

    Sr. Irene Dvorak, ND

    Sr. Irene spent more than 25 years teaching in Omaha and Iowa at St. Therese School, St. Adalbert School, St. John the Baptist School (in Prague, NE) St. Michael’s in Harlan, lowa, Mary, Queen of Apostles in Council Bluffs, lowa. Sr. Irene then embarked on a career path of teaching religious education at St. Philip Neri in Omaha and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Genoa, Nebraska and taught CCD at St Patrick’s in Elkhorn.

    Sr. Margaret Hickey, ND

    Many people know Sr. Margaret as a teacher (although they may remember her as Sr. Phyllis), as her education legacy stretches across Omaha — Beginning at St. Theresa’s in Omaha in 1963, she spent a few years at St. Michael’s in Harlan Iowa, before returning to Omaha to teach at Notre Dame Academy, where she had attended high school. She then taught at Roncalli High School in the 70s, 80s, and early 2000s.

    Sr. Margaret served as Notre Dame Sisters Provincial President an impressive three times —  1977-1983, 1998-2005, and currently from 2013-2022. Still, Sr. Margaret managed to also act as Spiritual Director, organist, team member, Associate Director, and Formation Director during her years of teaching.

    Sr. Corona Humal, ND

    Math approved to be an incredibly fruitful major for Sr. Corona, as her ministry from 1963-1993 was education: She started teaching with seventh graders at St. Adalbert’s Grade Schools in Omaha before moving to teach at Howell’s Grade School. She then taught at St. Wenceslaus Grade School, Spillville, Iowa before becoming a high school Math teacher at Notre Dame Academy, Wahoo Neumann High School, and Roncalli Catholic High School.

    After 30 years of teaching in and around the Omaha Metro, she continues to serve people right here. As a resident of Notre Dame Housing in North Omaha, Sr. Corona manages the gift shop with items made by residents, including many of her beautifully crocheted blankets, shawls, and dolls. She volunteers at NDH for their food programs for residents, and gets out in the community serving St James Seton School in the Kids Care Program.

  • Prime Day is an easy way to support the Notre Dame Sisters!

    SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon’s annual Prime Day event will be held June 21 and June 22, kicking off summer with two days of epic deals and the best savings Prime has to offer. The shopping extravaganza will deliver Prime members over 2 million deals across every category, including fashion, home, beauty, electronics, and more, along with the best in entertainment benefits and never-before-seen exclusives across Prime Video, Amazon Music, Prime Gaming, and more. Prime Day kicks off on June 21 at midnight PDT (3 a.m. EDT) and runs through June 22 for Prime members

    Prime Day 2021 will feature can’t-miss deals from top brands including Levi’s, iRobot, Samsung, and Redken and more than a million deals from small and medium-sized businesses selling on Amazon.

    Prime members will again be able to support small businesses this Prime Day, with more than a million deals from small and medium-sized businesses. Members can shop across local Black-owned, woman-owned, military family-owned, and many more small businesses. For Prime Day and throughout the rest of 2021, Amazon will spend more than $100 million to fuel the success of small businesses selling on Amazon, including promotional activities to encourage customers to shop with them. Prime Day provides small businesses with an opportunity to market their products to millions of Prime members around the world who are excited to shop for great deals.

    • 48-Hours to Save this Prime Day: Prime members have the chance to shop two days of epic deals this Prime Day on June 21 and June 22. Prime Day will offer exclusive access to limited time offers, new product launches, and top entertainment to help them spend less and smile more.
    • Over 2 Million Deals Globally: Prime members in participating countries will enjoy over 2 million deals around the world throughout the two-day epic deals event, including on top fashion, home, and beauty products, as well as toys, sporting goods, pet supplies, electronics, Amazon brands, and Amazon Devices.

    How does this support the Notre Dame Sisters? If you use Amazon Smile while shopping for all of these deals, the Sisters will receive donations based on your purchase. Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon Smile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

    Also using Amazon Smile you can support our Wish List and purchase gifts directly for the sisters that they have personally requested right here.

    We truly appreciate all of the support the Notre Dame Sisters receive throughout the year, and Prime Day is a way to support our ministries while going about your daily life!

     

  • Volunteering at the US/Mexico Boarder: takeaways from a crisis

    Sr. Rita Ostry and Sr. Mary Kay Meagher, Notre Dame Sisters, each took trips to El Paso, Texas this spring to support efforts in assisting new migrants to the US. Above is a live conversation with these Sisters along with St. Pius X parishioners Margaret and Tom Hoarty about what they saw, learned, and brought back with them. As referenced in the presentation, here is a link to find your elected representatives so you can share your concerns about the border crisis with your legislatures. We will provide more stories, resources, and information in the coming days. For now, please watch and learn more, and share it with your community!

    Below is the poem also referenced at the end of the presentation.

    Home  By Kenyan-born Somali poet Warsan Shire:

    no one leaves home unless
    home is the mouth of a shark
    you only run for the border
    when you see the whole city running as well

    your neighbors running faster than you
    breath bloody in their throats
    the boy you went to school with
    who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
    is holding a gun bigger than his body
    you only leave home
    when home won’t let you stay.

    no one leaves home unless home chases you
    fire under feet
    hot blood in your belly
    it’s not something you ever thought of doing
    until the blade burnt threats into
    your neck
    and even then you carried the anthem under
    your breath
    only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
    sobbing as each mouthful of paper
    made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

    you have to understand,
    that no one puts their children in a boat
    unless the water is safer than the land
    no one burns their palms
    under trains
    beneath carriages
    no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
    feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
    means something more than journey.
    no one crawls under fences
    no one wants to be beaten
    pitied

    no one chooses refugee camps
    or strip searches where your
    body is left aching
    or prison,
    because prison is safer
    than a city of fire
    and one prison guard
    in the night
    is better than a truckload
    of men who look like your father
    no one could take it
    no one could stomach it
    no one skin would be tough enough

    the
    go home blacks
    refugees
    dirty immigrants
    asylum seekers
    sucking our country dry
    niggers with their hands out
    they smell strange
    savage
    messed up their country and now they want
    to mess ours up
    how do the words
    the dirty looks
    roll off your backs
    maybe because the blow is softer
    than a limb torn off

    or the words are more tender
    than fourteen men between
    your legs
    or the insults are easier
    to swallow
    than rubble
    than bone
    than your child body
    in pieces.
    i want to go home,
    but home is the mouth of a shark
    home is the barrel of the gun
    and no one would leave home
    unless home chased you to the shore
    unless home told you
    to quicken your legs
    leave your clothes behind
    crawl through the desert
    wade through the oceans
    drown
    save
    be hunger
    beg
    forget pride
    your survival is more important

    no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
    saying-
    leave,
    run away from me now
    I don’t know what I’ve become
    but I know that anywhere
    is safer than here

  • Joy of Giving is strong in Omaha!

    Thank you all SO much for helping us make the first Joy of Giving Day a success. Thank you especially to those who made cheer pages, shared Facebook posts, and created interest with your friends and family!

    The intention of Joy of Giving is to unite us all in archdiocese’s vision of “One Church” by providing a new opportunity to unify and amplify the significance of our Catholic community. Called to receive God’s gifts gratefully, we share them, lovingly, in service to one another. Through our joyful and faith-filled response, we can unite to impact and inspire countless lives through the great work of our many Catholic entities.

    Notre Dame Sisters raised $1,845 from 25 donors

    (finished in 39th place out of 80) in 24 hours.

    Notre Dame Housing raised $1,170

    (finished in 49th place out of 80 local Catholic charities)

  • Guatemalan migrant community in Omaha offered vaccinations and information in their language

    May 14, 2021, Omaha, Neb. — An effort is underway to get COVID-19 vaccinations into the arms of the people who are underserved in Omaha. The migrant community in town who may not have information in their local language, is critical to reach out to in order for all people to be safer, sooner.

    112 people we vaccinated Sunday, May 23 at Guadalupe Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and 56 people were vaccinated at St. Francis of Assisi Church the week before.

    “Having more of our migrant community vaccinated would mean that our entire community is safe and healthy,” said Charlie Petro, Executive Director of Ixim. “It’s great for people with easy access to get a shot and go back out to restaurants and normal life, but that’s not everyone. Vaccinating everyone means that we can all get back out in a safe and healthy way.”

    Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity is an archdiocesan ministry cultivating relationships of friendship, faith, and solidarity between the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. 

    In partnership with OneWorld Community Health Center, Ixim offered the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics in South Omaha to help get the shot into the arms of people who may otherwise have difficulty signing up for an appointment through a government or pharmacy online portal. 

    “Why go out of our way to reach out to migrants about the vaccination? Because many people do not have the English-language skills or the access to technology in order to learn about vaccinations and make an appointment,” said Mary Kay Meagher, a nurse and Notre Dame Sister who has volunteered with Ixim since 2003. “Everyone is as worthy of this life-saving vaccine as anyone else is.” 

    Ixim has been reaching out to the Mayan and larger Guatemalan community for weeks, going to churches, reaching out on Spanish-language radio stations and handing out flyers across South Omaha.

    “We’ve been getting community leaders to hand out flyers with us to encourage people to get the shot,” said Mr. Petro.

    No appointment, ID, or any information were required to get the vaccine; anyone and everyone was welcome.

    “We noticed, this time last year, we had an incredible number of cases in our community,” said Mr. Petro. “The migrant community at large has been greatly impacted by COVID. We are still seeing infections spreading in the migrant community, due to many factors.”

    “Reaching out to diverse communities is what we do at OneWorld,” said Chief Executive Officer, OneWorld Community Health Centers. “We want to make sure everyone has access to quality health care. It is especially important right now to be protected from the virus. We are very proud to partner with the Mayan community and Notre Dame Sisters to make vaccines available. This is lifesaving!”

    That is why a vaccination campaign has been prioritized. It is the hope of Ixim that COVID-19 related deaths in the migrant community end, when vaccinations cause the infection rate to decrease. 

  • Check out our Sisters' cheer pages!

    See which Sisters are raising funds for what! Sisters made cheer pages for the Archdiocese Joy of Giving Day May 19!

    Sr. Joy Connealy

    I am raising funds for the Notre Dame Sisters in order to provide upkeep of the grounds of this historical property. Just as Father Flanagan saw the potential in this land; just as Mother Qualberta improved the land and welcomed students; just as modern Notre Dame Sisters added onto the school to welcome senior citizens, we are now preparing for the next several decades of caring for this property. We are getting the entire retaining wall replaced on the West side of our property, a $100,000 project!

    Read Sr. Joy’s complete profile

    Sr. Marie Alice Ostry

    We believe that it is important to continue spiritual support to the women as they branch out on their own in the Safe Homes program. That’s where I come in! I provide grocery vouchers during our “Keeping On” portion of the Safe Homes program. “Keeping On” gives the woman a support system to lean on and connects them with information on community resources that are available.

    Read Sr. Marie Alice’s complete profile here

    Sr. Mary Kay Meagher

    We Sisters have many personal ministries that we constantly work at. Among my social justice ministries, I am proud of my work with Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, an archdiocesan ministry cultivating relationships of friendship, faith, and solidarity between the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

    Read Sr. Mary Kay’s complete profile here
    Sr. Celeste Wobeter is raising money for Notre Dame Housing, the largest of the Sisters’ ministries.
    “As a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, I remember walking these same halls, bustling with student chatter and full of energy. As a Sister, I developed a new relationship with the space as our Motherhouse. Now, I call it home. In fact, I get to live in what used to be my high school Geometry classroom!”
    Read more from Sr. Celeste

    Sr. Margaret Hickey is raising money in hopes of adding to the very robust programming at Notre Dame Housing, and wants to highlight the food pantry:
    “We expect more participants to utilize this food pantry even after COVID-19 has passed. In 2020 we built a new Enrichment Center on-site to accommodate more people and store more food.”
    Read more from Sr. Margaret

    What is the Omaha Archdiocese Joy of Giving Day?

    The Archdiocese of Omaha is delighted to announce the launch of Joy of Giving, a 24-hour day of giving set to benefit organizations of the Archdiocese. Joy of Giving directly speaks to and celebrates the archdiocese’s vision of “One Church” by providing a new opportunity to unify and amplify the significance of our Catholic community and its impact across 23 counties.

    The intention of Joy of Giving is to unite us all in support of the organizations that have always given to us. Called to receive God’s gifts gratefully, we share them, lovingly, in service to one another. Through our joyful and faith-filled response, we can unite to impact and inspire countless lives through the great work of our many Catholic entities.

  • Notre Dame Housing invites you to Celebrate Summer!

    Swing by the Old Mattress Factory
    and Celebrate our Most Valuable Place –
    Notre Dame Housing!

    Drop by with your friends and family for food and drink while enjoying CWS and the Swim Trials on the large screens, right in the center of the action – and support Notre Dame Housing’s commitment to seniors in North Omaha. Your support will help ensure NDH continues to make a difference in the lives of so many.

    Get tickets here

    This is the opening of the college baseball finals and the finals of the second wave of the 2021 swim trials, so there will be plenty to enjoy!

    Join us June 18th
    any time from 5-9 p.m.

    at The Old Mattress Factory at
    501 North 13th Street, Omaha

    Buffet dinner and all drinks included!

    Get tickets here

    Sponsor the event!

    • MVP Sponsor- $5,000
      • Prominent placement of name/logo on all printed and online materials and 10 tickets
    • Gold Sponsor – $2,500
      • Logo on website and social media and 10 tickets
    • Silver Sponsor – $1,000
      • Logo on website and social media and 5 tickets
    • Underwriter – $250
      • Name listed on website and 2 tickets
    SPonsor here

    For additional information about sponsorships or the event, contact Sandra Koch at skoch@notredamesisters.org

  • Pork Dinner Postponed until 2022

    Pork dinner
    Postponed 

    The annual Czech pork dinner has been postponed until spring of 2022.

    Knights of Columbus councils at Mary Our Queen and St. Philip Neri parishes in Omaha sponsor this event every year, with Knights preparing and serving the food.

    Each year, the dinner raises about $12,000 for the sisters’ ministries.

    The event features live Czech music provided by Notre Dame Sisters and local Czech bands and entertainers. They also sell crafts, including embroidery and crochet items, and baked goods, including famous kolaches made by the sisters.

    We can’t wait to see you again soon for a great afternoon with traditional food and music. Czech in with us in 2022 for details for the next event!

    You can still contribute to the Notre Dame Sisters!

    Here is a great video of the band from 2005:

    Here are some great photos of our Pork Dinners from years past:

    You can still contribute to the Notre Dame Sisters!
  • Alumnae Reunion September 11, 2021

    We are thrilled to announce our first in-person event in more than a year!
    Enjoy a reunion at Notre Dame Housing (previously Notre Dame Academy).
    We will honor the following classes:
    • 1931 – 90th anniversary!
    • 1936 – 85th anniversary!
    • 1941 – 80th anniversary!
    • 1946 – 75th anniversary!
    • 1951 – 70th anniversary!
    • 1956 – 65th anniversary!
    • 1961- 60th anniversary!
    • 1966 – 55th anniversary!
    • 1971 – 50th anniversary!
    More information coming soon.
    *Gathering and light refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
    *Tentative Mass in the chapel at 5 p.m.
  • Sisters raise a record $140,000, benefitting people across the Omaha Metro and beyond

    April 6, 2021 — $140,000 was raised at our Celebration of Spirit event March 31. Although held virtually, The Most Reverend Archbishop George Lucas of the Omaha, Nebraska Archdiocese welcomed guests. Dick and Julie Bea Pierson were honored with the Mother Qualberta Service Award. The silent auction, with mostly hand-made gifts raised $19,000.
    “We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support during such a strenuous year from individuals and sponsors,” said Sr. Margaret Hickey, Provincial President of the Notre Dame Sisters. “No one knows the future, but 2020 and 2021 have been nearly impossible years to plan. We just didn’t know if and how much financial support we could count on from people and businesses during the pandemic. We were surprised and honored that people saw the need for our ministries and decided to continue to fund our work.”
    The Notre Dame Sisters work mainly in the Omaha Metro area (where they settled in 1917) where they established nonprofits and programs like Notre Dame Housing for low-income seniors in the area, Safe Homes for women leaving local domestic violence shelters, and the Coalition on Human Trafficking, educating local industries to see the signs of local human trafficking and report it. Additionally, Sisters take on individual ministries as educators, caretakers, advocates, and prayer makers.
    In honor of their American Foundress, the Notre Dame Sisters established an award in her name. Each year the Sisters nominate a person or group who possesses the following qualities: witness to faith in God and love for people, service to others, a pioneering spirit, partnership with the Notre Dame Sisters and excellence in teaching others. Dick and Julie Bea Pierson received this award for their 50+ years of actively supporting their community together. From their active role in St. John’s parish in Valley, to sponsoring students on the Winnebego Reservation, or Micah House in Dick’s hometown of Council Bluffs, to the Omaha Community Foundation, and so much more, the Piersons have touched so many parts of the Omaha Metro.
    “Both Dick and Julie Bea Pierson are an incredible example of citizens, parishoners, parents, you name it,” said Sr. Margaret Hickey, Provincial President for the Notre Dame Sisters.
    The Sisters thank all those who donated to the auction, purchased meals or raffle tickets, and especially sponsored the event, especially Home Instead Inc., Colonel and Mrs. Timon Oujiri, and the Byron and Linda Stigge Foundation.
  • Join us for a climate-themed 'Expand Your Horizons' April 15!

    THURSDAY, April 15, 2021,

    AT 7 PM CST – 8:30 PM CST, on FACEBOOK LIVE

    Presented by Mark Welsch of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

    Join us for a live event!
    We will provide an opportunity to “breathe with and for the earth” as we enter Spring 2021. That’s what our Earth has been doing in its orbit around the sun. This “orbital breathing” is called the 100,000-year Milankovitch Cycle, named after a scientist from Croatia-Serbia. He hypothesized in the 1920s that variations in the solar radiation reaching the Earth strongly influenced the Earth’s climatic patterns.
    In 1856, decades before Milankovitch, a women’s right activist named Eunice Foote demonstrated the effect of solar radiation on gasses. She exposed different gasses to solar heat. Carbon dioxide itself became heated and took much longer to cool. She applied her findings to the Earth’s atmosphere, concluding that “an atmosphere of that gas would give to our Earth a high temperature.” Her revelation appears to have been the first of its kind, but it went more-or-less unnoticed for 150 years, until 2010 when her paper was discovered by a retired geologist. During the 1970s, scientists observed rapid earth warming and sounded an alarm: human activity contributed to a “greenhouse effect.”
    If “global warming” follows natural climate patterns, what can be done about the apparent “runaway climate change” caused by greenhouse gasses? This will be addressed by our April EYH keynote speaker Mark Welsch, Co-Leader of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Omaha Chapter Volunteer. CCL works with everyday people to empower them to work together for climate economy solutions. Their priority – the carbon-fee and dividend proposal – is a laser focused action plan for environmental justice and sustainable living.

    Speakers:

    • Keynote “No More Free Pollution” by Mark Welsch, Nebraskans for Peace Omaha Coordinator and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Omaha Chapter Co-Leader.
    • Panelist from Omaha Together One Community Action Team: Clyde Anderson on Nebraska legislation
    • Panelist students from Creighton University Sustainability Program: Caroline Adrian and Emma Yackley with student perspective and action.
    • Panelist from Elders for the Earth: Carol Windrum on actions that honor the planet.
  • Join us for Expand Your Horizons

    Allow us to guide you through your feelings of grief caused by destruction and death, to invite you to compassion, and to guide you to choose life and hope. Join us for a compelling reflection and prayer with local advocates on issues of abortion, the death penalty, the pandemic, natural disasters, and refugee resettlement.  We thought the topic of life and its challenges, especially after what the nation faced in 2020, was a perfect way to discuss and commemorate life.

    Speakers:

    • Sr Stephanie Matcha, ND – advocate on Abortion and Death Penalty issues
    • Sr Marlene Bakken, ND – retired teacher in Iowa, reflects on natural disasters: Derecho and the pandemic
    • Sr Celeste Wobeter, ND – hospice minister will give perspective on grieving during the pandemic
    • Mr. Preston Love, Jr.– systemic racism and need for a clear vision.
    • Theresa Wiggs, Notre Dame Sisters Associate and OTOC activist, with refugee youth will discuss refugee resettlement in Omaha

  • Save the date for this year's Celebration of Spirit!

     

    In March, our friends, loved ones, and supporters near and far will gather online to show their support for our Notre Dame Sisters community and our ministries.
    Enjoy our live auction feature handmade items from our Sisters and our program of updates on the people we serve through our ministries.
    Join us for a gathering we look forward to every year, and help us feel your presence of spirit as we remain socially distant and safe.
    More info and registration coming soon.
  • Celebrating Advent Differently This Year

    Here are some new Advent Actions to coincide with your calendar. Use your Advent calendar to encourage daily actions:

    Sunday:

    Pray for global peace and individuals around the world whom you have never met.

    Monday and Wednesday:

    Attempt small random acts of kindness – pay for someone’s drive-through order behind you. Call a friend. Pick up some litter.

    Tuesday and Thursday:

    Work on your inner-self. Focus on patience, kindness, word choice, self-talk or other small areas of improvement.

    Saturday:

    Help out around the home. Do a small chore for someone else that wasn’t on your list to do that day.

  • We were thrilled by the turn-out for our poinsettia sale!

    We were thrilled by the turn-out for our poinsettia sale!
    Friends, neighbors, and businesses all made a difference in the lives of local women. We raised more than $1,300 for our Safe Homes program and were able to spread some holiday cheer!
    The Safe Homes Program provides a “Path Forward” for hundreds of women and children leaving domestic violence shelters in Omaha. We provide startup funds for utilities and rent for one month and follow-up support.
    Thank you especially to John and Wende Kotouc who purchased poinsettias for American National Bank Employees, Harold’s Koffee House which will have our poinsettias on their tables, and Home Instead who graciously gave poinsettias to the people they serve. John A. Gentleman Mortuary will adorn their chapel with our poinsettias, Physician’s Mutual order some for their offices, and Hiller Electric also supported the endeavor. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success!
  • Stephen Patrick O’Meara Honored For His Commitment to End Human Trafficking in the Midwest

    O’Meara  was honored with the Mother Qaulberta Service Award for bringing attention to the human trafficking happening all around us, even when no one in Nebraska believed it was here

    This former prosecutor in Nebraska and Iowa with a specialization in human trafficking and child welfare, is quick to cut off anyone who tries to list his accolades.

    “God prepared all of this to happen,” Stephen Patrick O’Meara affirmed. “I was not an outgoing kid, but I later realized how God prepared me to be a lawyer.”

    After Creighton Law School and a brief stint as a tax attorney, O’Meara soon moved to the Iowa District Attorney’s Office where he spent 15 years specializing in child neglect. In fact, he went back to Creighton to strengthen his knowledge in the area, earning a degree in social work and public affairs administration.

    When the federal government mandated that each state have a human trafficking division, O’Meara was the obvious choice to establish the office in Council Bluffs. This is where O’Meara strengthened relationships with other warriors for child welfare and founded the NE/IA Child Exploitation Task Force. O’Meara’s first case in the area continues to stand out in his mind.

    It was toward the end to already illustrious career (that O’meara reiterates was all God’s plan), he found Sr Celeste Wobeter, ND, and the Coalition on Human Trafficking.

    “Because the Coalition was a faith group of Sisters it was recommended for me to join. Celeste keeps me working! Started the hotel/motel program together,” O’Meara said.

    O’Meara began the Hotels/Motels Program with Sr Celeste in which the Coalition on Human Trafficking trained employees in the service industry, garnering major attention on the program and the issue. Elected officials, managers in the service industry, law enforcement, and the general public began supporting the Coalition.

    “Iowa is not immune from human trafficking as we sit at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who noted a trafficking ring recently was broken up in her hometown of Osceola.

    So far, the Coalition has conducted trainings in more than 150 hotels and motels in Nebraska and Iowa. They have expanded as far as Sioux Falls and Des Moines and into greater Nebraska like York and Grand Island. Now, others are reaching out – OPPD, security companies, and bartenders are looking for training. Creighton students are hanging our information in bathrooms all over town, and are getting a great response.

    “Once people recognize that they themselves can do something about this, they get energized for our cause,” Sr Celeste said. In fact, the Coalition is in the process of conducting 12 trainings in a 13-county area with OPPD with groups from 75-150 men “who are so incredibly attentive and grateful and ask great questions. They see the need and are grateful for the information, and we are grateful to teach them how to realize, recognize, and respond,” Sr Celeste continued.

    If you would like more information, photos, or interviews, please contact Molly Mullen with the Notre Dame Sisters at mmullen@notredamesisters.org.

  • Join us to celebrate the memory of Sister Phyllis Marie Heble

    We celebrated the memory of Sister Phyllis Marie Heble November 4th and 5th at Notre Dame with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Sister Phyllis Marie Heble, a Notre Dame Sister for 64 years, died at Immanuel Fontenelle in Omaha, NE, on Sunday, October 27. She was 87 years of age.

    Services were as follows:

    Homecoming:
    Monday, November 4th at 4 p.m.

    Visitation from 6-7 p.m.
    Vigil service at 7 p.m.

    Mass of Christian Burial:
    Tuesday, November 5th
    at 10 a.m. at Cavalry Cemetery (7710 W Center Rd)

  • The Notre Dame Sisters of the Omaha Province Issue a Public Statement on the Treatment of Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    We speak out for those suffering on our border and in detention centers. We join with the many religious, non-governmental organizations, and citizens calling for the Federal Administration and US Congress to take action to end the inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers arriving in the United States.

    We call specifically on Congress and the President to address these immoral conditions. We promote legislation that includes family reunification, a path to earned legalization, worker protections, and an effective border policy that is humane rather than punitive.
    Notre Dame Sisters
    Omaha Province

  • Congratulations to our 2019 Jubilarians

    Sr. Celeste Wobeter, ND – 60 Years of Religious Profession
    Sr. Celeste Wobeter, born in Elberon, Iowa, to Celestine and Frances Wobeter, attended a country school in Iowa, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Omaha.  She earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Duchesne College in Omaha and a master’s degree in mathematics from Seattle University.

    Sister served as a teacher at St. Therese’s in Omaha, St. Wenceslaus in Dodge, Wahoo Catholic and Neumann High Schools in Wahoo.  She was pastoral minister at St. Patrick’s Parish in Fremont from 1981 to 2003. For her Notre Dame community, sister was formation director, a member of the leadership team and president of the community.  She has been a representative on the international constitution committee and a delegate to the General Chapter delegate in the Czech Republic.  Sister is also a spiritual director, retreat director and hospital chaplain.  She currently is a part-time chaplain for CHI hospice and part-time with the Coalition on Human Trafficking, and chair of the Training and Education Committee of the Coalition.

    Sister Celeste will celebrate 60 years of religious profession in early August, 2019.

    Sr. Cynthia Hruby, ND  – 50 years of Religious Profession
    Sister Cynthia Anne Hruby, daughter of Tillie (Dostal) and Dominic D. Hruby, will celebrate 50 years of religious profession August 4, 2019. Her Butler County family moved from Linwood to Clarkson where she began her education in a country school then continued as a boarder at St. Wenceslaus in Dodge. She transferred to Sts. Peter and Paul and later to St. John Nepomucene in Howells. She completed her Catholic elementary education as one of the first graduates from Bishop Neumann School in Clarkson. Secondary education at Notre Dame Academy in Omaha included three years in the Aspirant Program, the first step in the formation provided to young women interested in joining the sisters. She continued in their program during college and made first profession of vows in August 1969.

    Sister earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Natural Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1972 and a Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1982.  As ministry options developed, she earned several certificates, including the Youth Ministry and the Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry Certificates from the Center for Ministry Development in Connecticut, the Family Ministry Certificate from the Omaha Archdiocese, and the USCCB Campus Ministry Certificate. In 2006 she completed a Master of Science in Education/Counseling-Student Affairs Practice from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

    Sister’s ministry included teaching, grief ministry, and college campus ministry

    Sister Mary Kay Meagher, ND
    Sister Mary Kay Meagher, daughter of Anthony & Margaret Meagher, will celebrate 60 years of religious profession in August, 2019.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marillac College ad her Masters of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago.

    The major part of her ministry in the nursing field was in various positions in hospitals, clinics and community health sites.  She was Executive Director of Indian Chicano Health Center for five years, worked as a Nurse Practitioner in several local clinics and five years at One World’s first school based clinic.  She was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Creighton University School of Nursing for 13 years.  She also served in Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala), Nigeria in Africa, Bolivia in South American and a refugee camp in Thailand.