Blog Entries - 2017

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Posted on: June 23, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

June 23, 2017 is the Feast of the Sacred Heart. In this video, Sr. Ruth Lubbers reflects on this day and the history behind the SNDs' devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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A reflection on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Posted on: June 21, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege, SND

Two hearts
One surrounded by thorns
One pierced by a sword
Two hearts
Stamped onto
The official seal of the Sisters of Notre Dame

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Film Screening "13th"

Posted on: June 15, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Events, Prisonministry,

Join us for a screening of the movie "13th", a documentary about the overpopulating of prisons and jails in the US, with a look at injustices going on in the name of justice.

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East Africa: First profession of vows

Posted on: June 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Uganda, Vocation, East africa,

Seven women from Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania made their first profession of vows on June 10, 2017.

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Sr. Nicole's Border Talk

Posted on: June 12, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Vocation, Novitiate, Events, Blog,

Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin recently returned from 3 months of ministry at the US-Mexico border. On June 20, she will speak about her experience at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

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4th of July Festival

Posted on: June 12, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Festival, Events,

This Independence Day, the Covington Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) will celebrate the 95th anniversary of their July 4th Festival. Begun in 1922 to raise funds for the building of the sisters’ current Dixie Highway convent, the festival has taken place every year regardless of weather or world events.

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Associate Inquiry Sessions

Posted on: June 6, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Associates,

Want to learn more about the Notre Dame Associates? Come to an inquiry session on June 21 or July 8, 2017. 

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Sr. Mary Joanne Lutkenhoff 1929-2017

Posted on: June 2, 2017 4:00 pm

Sister Mary Joanne was born Joan Lutkenhoff on August 15, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. Her parents, Edward and Anora Byron Lutkenhoff, raised five children, two boys and three girls. Joan was the oldest. Her family resided in Bellevue, Kentucky, where she attended Sacred Heart School, Our Lady of Province Academy, and St. Anthony Commercial School. After graduation, she became inspired by the Sisters of Notre Dame, joined them, and made her profession of vows on August 16, 1959.

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June Birthdays and Name Days

Posted on: June 1, 2017 9:00 am

Happy June birthdays and name days!

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Condo in Charleston, SC (Folly Island)

Posted on: May 18, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Festival,

Bid on a condo in Charleston, SC at this year's 4th of July Festival Silent Auction!

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Holy Family students visit SND Nature Trail

Posted on: May 17, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Nature trail,

Students from Holy Family School (Covington, KY) learned about local plants and animals at the SND Nature Trail. 

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BLOG: A reflection on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (May 25)

Posted on: May 16, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

He is risen
He is not here

Where is he?
     In the garden with Magdalene
     In the upper room with Thomas
     On the seashore preparing breakfast

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BLOG: A reflection on the Feast of St. Julie (May 13)

Posted on: May 12, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

How good is the good God
How good is God

The good God
Punctuating every letter she writes
Woven through every conference

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Cabin in Pickens, SC

Posted on: May 11, 2017 3:00 pm
Tags: Festival,

The 2017 4th of July Festival features a cabin resort in the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the SND Uganda and East Africa missions, local SND educational ministries, and the SND retirement fund.

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June 17 Pilgrimage Walk

Posted on: May 10, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Events,

Join the Sisters of Notre Dame on a pilgrimage walk to pray Via Lucis (The Way of Light): The Stations of the Resurrection.

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St. Claire receives Customer Impact Award

Posted on: May 9, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: St claire regional,

St. Claire Regional Medical Center was recognized with a Customer Impact Award at the Nuance annual user group meeting in Chicago.

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Sr. Mary Sharron Goller inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted on: May 1, 2017 3:00 pm
Tags: Education,

Congratulations to Sr. Mary Sharron Goller on her induction into the Holy Cross High School Hall of Fame.

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May Birthdays and Namedays

Posted on: May 1, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Birthdays,

Happy May birthdays and feast days!

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ND Associate recognizes herself in 80-year old photo

Posted on: April 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Tags: Festival, Associates,

Notre Dame Associate Shirley Bradford has walked past this picture many times. This week, however, she paused to look at it and noticed that SHE was in the front row!

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Volunteers paid it forward on April 22

Posted on: April 27, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Volunteer,

More than fifty volunteers participated in the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) Pay It Forward Service Day on Saturday, April 22.

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Three National Merit Finalists at NDA

Posted on: April 20, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Nda, Education,

Notre Dame Academy is pleased to announce that three students from the class of 2017 have been recognized as National Merit Finalists by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. NDA seniors, Brooke Schulte, Paige Montfort and Abbie Guard have all earned the distinction of National Merit Finalist.

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Volunteer at NDUEC

Posted on: April 18, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Volunteer, Nduec,

What are you doing this summer? Share your talents as a summer volunteer at Notre Dame Urban Education Center!

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BLOG: Courageous in the Face of Fear

Posted on: April 10, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Blog, Sndusa, Novitiate, Hispanic ministry,

This year as Holy Week begins, I find myself reflecting on the fears present in Scripture. We hear often from Jesus, "Do not be afraid." There must have been a lot of fear if he had to say it so often. Now that I think of it, it seems as if fear is a human quality. Fear arises when the illusion of control is dismantled in our lives. Ironically, our fear often ends up controlling us.

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Sister Mary Beena in Covington

Posted on: April 7, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Education,

Notre Dame Sister Mary Beena from the Patna Province (India) visited the Covington Sisters of Notre Dame in late March. Sister Mary Beena lived at the Covington Province in 1982 while earning her master’s degree from Xavier University.

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Returning to Uganda

Posted on: April 4, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Uganda, Volunteer,

On January 16, 2017, Sr. Mary Janet Stamm boarded a flight to travel to Uganda with a volunteer maintenance group. This was her first time returning to the SND Mission in Uganda since she concluded 18 years of service at the mission in 2013. For two weeks she served as the volunteers’ liaison to the sisters and locals and prepared delicious meals.


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NDUEC Family Night

Posted on: April 3, 2017 3:00 pm
Tags: Education, Nduec,

Notre Dame Urban Education center had a very special Family Program on March 21 with guest speaker Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton.

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April Birthdays

Posted on: April 1, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Birthdays,

Happy April birthdays and feast days!

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Sr. Norene's POP retirement party

Posted on: March 31, 2017 3:00 pm
Tags: Education, Retirement, Lourdes hall,

Students at Prince of Peace School hosted a retirement celebration for Sr. Mary Norene McCormack on March 30, 2017. 

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Calling all bakers and treat-makers!

Posted on: March 31, 2017 11:00 am
Tags: Festival, Volunteer,

Do you like to bake or make treats? You might be interested in our baking and treat-making team for the 4th of July Festival. 

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Partner Spotlight: University of Akron RooCatholic

Posted on: March 31, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Volunteer, Spotlight,

Notre Dame Sisters Ruth Lubbers and Kate Hine arranged a spring break service trip with students from the University of Akron. Their spring break destination? Covington, Kentucky.

In between their service hours, we sat down with some of the students to ask what the trip has meant to them. Click below to watch!

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Holy Week Mass Schedule

Posted on: March 29, 2017 11:00 am

Holy Thursday7:00 p.m.
Good Friday4:30 p.m. (service, not Mass)
Easter Vigil (Saturday), 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday10:00 a.m.

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St. Patrick's Day Photos

Posted on: March 17, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Lourdes hall,

Sisters and staff celebrated St. Patrick's Day together. 

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Stretch Your Heart: New Orleans 2017

Posted on: March 16, 2017 4:40 pm
Tags: Events,

STRETCH YOUR HEART in New Orleans, July 7-15, 2017. Single women ages 18-40 are invited to volunteer with the Sisters of Notre Dame at the Rebuild Center in New Orleans, LA.

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Community Center at St. Charles

Posted on: March 15, 2017 12:00 pm
Tags: St charles,

For 56 years, the St. Charles Community has 'Celebrated Life and Embraced Seniors.'

The Covington campus on Farrell Drive is enhancing that legacy with the renovation of the original convent into a 4,000-square foot Community Center.

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St. Claire Foundation Scholarship

Posted on: March 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Education, St claire regional,

MOREHEAD, Ky. –The St. Claire Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship and the Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND, Scholarship. The application deadline for both scholarships is May 26.


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Partner Spotlight: Keith & Mary Jo Moore

Posted on: March 6, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Spotlight,

I started working with the Sisters of Notre Dame ten years ago because of Sister Dennise Wagenlander--surprise!  Yes, she has me on speed dial!  My husband, Keith, and I have four daughters that graduated from St. Columban where the Sisters of Notre Dame taught.  Sister Suzanne Rose and Sister Dennise were our principals while our daughters were there.

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Pay it Forward 2017

Posted on: March 6, 2017 10:00 am
Tags: Volunteer, Events,

Pay it forward in service with the Sisters of Notre Dame on Saturday, April 22. 

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Daily Mass

Posted on: March 6, 2017 10:00 am

Mass takes place in the St. Joseph Heights Chapel, located on the first floor of the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial Center, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, KY 41011. Questions? Please call 859-291-2040 or email

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Photos from Ash Wednesday 2017

Posted on: March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Events,

The Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection was held at the Covington Provincial Center and included presentations by Sr. Marla Monahan, SND, Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and chances for reflection and fellowship. Thank you to all who attended and brought joy to this first day of Lent.

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March Birthdays and Namedays

Posted on: March 1, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Birthdays,

Happy March birthdays and name days to these Sisters of Notre Dame!

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R U Called?

Posted on: February 28, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Events, Novitiate, Vocation,

Are you a woman discerning the consecrated life? You might be interested in the R U Called? dinner on April 26.

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Sr. Nicole begins apostolic year

Posted on: February 23, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Sndusa, Novitiate,

During evening prayer on February 21, 2017, the Covington Province celebrated the start of Sr. Nicole Marie Varnerin's apostolic year. Sr. Nicole, a Notre Dame novice, concluded her canonical year of theological study and will now spend her apostolic year putting what she learned into practice.

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Do I need a vacation? No, I need a retreat!

Posted on: February 22, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Retreats,

by Jenni Crowley-Albu

As a young adult, our lives are busy:  Busy with work, school, family, children, friends, home… the list goes on and on.  It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” and forget to take time to slow things down for reflection and reconnection with your innermost beliefs and thoughts.

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What does Lent mean?

Posted on: February 22, 2017 12:00 pm
Tags: Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Agnes Hemmerle

Here we are at the beginning of the happy times of Lent, yes I did say “happy.” Happy because it is a season, six weeks long, when we happily embrace the time of coming closer to Christ, to God, to the One who compassionately and lovingly gave His life that we might have life in abundance.

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Falling for SND-USA

Posted on: February 21, 2017 1:10 pm
Tags: Sndusa, Blog,

by Sr. Mary Margaret Droege

For two years or more, we Sisters of Notre Dame have been hearing about “SND-USA.”  Each area of our life is being reviewed as the four SND provinces in the USA prepare to become one by 2020.  Committees consider provincial policies and procedures and there have been opportunities for the sisters to meet one another through retreats, conferences, renewals, and jubilee celebrations.  But some of us have really taken this with great gusto.  I literally “fell for SND-USA.”

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2017 Pancake Breakfast

Posted on: February 20, 2017 12:00 pm
Tags: Uganda,

Thank you to everyone who came out on February 19 for the 21st Annual Uganda Mission Pancake Breakfast. A big thanks, as well, to the Ludlow Knights of Columbus for putting on the event since 1996. Everyone coming together for flapjacks and fellowship resulted in $3,500+ for the Sisters of Notre Dame Mission in Uganda.

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Sr. Norene's syrup project

Posted on: February 16, 2017 4:00 pm
Tags: Retirement,

Sr. Mary Norene McCormack worked with Everett, the facilities director, to tap the maple trees for sap today. Stay tuned as she collects the sap and turns it into delicious maple syrup.

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Called to be like God: Finding community

Posted on: February 8, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Jpic,

Video: Sr. Marla Monahan reflects on our call to be like God by living in community with our brothers and sisters.

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Partner Spotlight: Theresa Brugger

Posted on: February 3, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Spotlight, Associates,

Hello, my name is Theresa Brugger. I made my covenant as a Notre Dame Associate on April 12, 2015. To say this is when my relationship with the sisters began would  simply not be true.

Some time ago I was asked to write this piece. At first glance I thought, “No problem.” When I put the pen to paper, I was not impressed with the result.  So I started over. Then after evaluating the next draft, I realized how daunting this task actually was.

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Uganda Maintenance Team

Posted on: February 3, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Uganda,

Thank you to the volunteers and donors who made the 2017 Uganda Maintenance Trip possible.

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Sister Mary Rosetta Conrad 1925-2017

Posted on: February 2, 2017 9:00 am

Sister Mary Rosetta was born Rose Mary into the loving and faith-centered family of Mathias and Henrietta Conrad on December 23, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with her beloved twin sister, Lilly. 

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Statement Regarding Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees

Posted on: February 1, 2017 2:00 pm

Statement from the Covington Provincial Leadership Council regarding the executive order on immigration and refugees.

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February Birthdays & Namedays

Posted on: January 31, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Birthdays

Happy birthday and name days to these Sisters of Notre Dame!

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Music therapy puts a song in our hearts

Posted on: January 5, 2017 2:00 pm
Tags: Lourdes hall,

The response to the music therapy program (from donors and our sisters with dementia) has put a song in our hearts. We received multiple iPod Shuffles and iTunes gift cards to create personalized playlists for our sisters with dementia and Alzheimer's. 

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February 19, 2017 Pancake Breakfast

Posted on: January 4, 2017 5:00 pm
Tags: Events, Uganda,

Come one! Come all! Come HUNGRY to the 21st Annual Uganda Mission Pancake Breakfast.

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2017 Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection

Posted on: January 4, 2017 5:00 pm
Tags: Retreats, Events,

Journey with the Sisters of Notre Dame for a day of spiritual inspiration and personal reflection.

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January Birthdays

Posted on: January 1, 2017 9:00 am
Tags: Birthdays,

Happy January Birthdays and Namedays to these Sisters of Notre Dame!

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