2019 Festival Beneficiaries 

All festival sponsorships, donations, grand raffle entries, and day-of purchases benefit the:

  • SND Uganda and East Africa missions,
  • SND-sponsored education ministries (Notre Dame Urban Education Center, Notre Dame Academy, Julie Learning Center)
  • and SND young adult and vocation outreach.

Uganda and East Africa Missions

In 1995, two Covington Sisters of Notre Dame arrived with two California SNDs in Uganda, East Africa. Their mission: to educate and proclaim God's goodness in the Hoima Diocese of Uganda.

Over the last 23 years, Sisters from the Covington, Thousand Oaks (CA), Toledo (OH), Chardon (OH), and Coesfeld (Germany) provinces have partnered in providing quality Catholic education and vocational opportunities in Buseesa and Mpala, Uganda. 

The Sisters of Notre Dame educate more than 600 students annually at:

  • St. Julie Primary School
  • St. Julie Nursery School
  • Notre Dame Academy Senior Secondary School
  • St. Julie Mission Farm
  • Notre Dame Education Center and House of Studies and Formation

In addition to serving at the mission sites in Buseesa and Mpala, Uganda, Sisters of Notre Dame from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Mozambique work together as part of the East Africa Delegation.

Click here to learn more about the Uganda Mission.

SND-Sponsored Education Ministries

Since 1874, the Sisters of Notre Dame have been missioned to "foster the fullness of life by promoting Catholic education, especially for women and children in urban and mission schools." Today the Covington Sisters of Notre Dame educate and minister to students in the urban areas of Northern Kentucky, ensuring that these students meet their academic potential and break the cycle of poverty.

You will find Sisters of Notre Dame serving as principals, administrators, teachers, and tutors at the following SND-supported institutions:

SND Young Adult and Vocation Ministries

One of the action points from the SNDs’ 2016 General Chapter was to grow in life-giving relationships, especially with youth and young adults. 

Across the world, the Sisters of Notre Dame are finding ways to meet young people where they are. 

We are committed to witnessing to young adults the joy in our shared life, offering them a view of the world that might differ from what they experience daily, and bringing them to encounter Jesus.

Our outreach includes:

  • RU Called Gatherings
  • Stretch Your Heart Service Trip to New Orleans
  • United in Prayer at Main Strasse
  • Charis Young Adult Retreats
  • Spring and Fall Break Service Trips
  • Come and See Gatherings
  • Lenten Movie Nights
  • Pay it Forward Service Day