Cleveland, Ohio, was the first US address of the Sisters of Notre Dame when they arrived from Germany in 1874. After 85 years in Cleveland, the SND provincial center moved in 1960 to Chardon, east of Cleveland in Geauga county. The urban, industrial areas of Northeast Ohio around Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown have become a center for health care, higher education, the arts, and home to diverse communities of hard-working people. Here the sisters and associates continue to serve in ministries of education and spiritual growth, especially with women and children on society’s margins.
Two sisters arrived in Covington, Kentucky in 1874, missioned to teach at the Mother of God parish school. From there SND ministries in the Northern Kentucky region have expanded–with great enthusiasm and community support—from education to health care, child care, young adult ministry and social outreach. The Covington region is known for its unique combination of small-town warmth and worldly amenities, making it a hub for powerful charitable outreach and personal connections.
“Go to California and build a house of love.” With these words, 11 Sisters of Notre Dame were missioned to Los Angeles from Cleveland in 1924. Today, the SNDs and Associates minister in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, home to 4.3 million Catholics in 300 parishes, with Sunday Eucharist celebrated in 42 languages. Southern California is synonymous with diversity—beaches, aerospace, immigrants, entertainment media, mountains, technology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, deserts—and each of these realities also represents an opportunity to radiate God’s goodness and provident care. A true house of love.
In 1876, the Sisters of Notre Dame traveled to St John the Evangelist Parish in Delphos, Ohio to begin the cornerstone foundation of the future Toledo Region. It was there that our foundress, Sister Maria Aloysia Wolbring ministered. Other affiliations soon were established and in 1924, the Toledo Region was formed. Today, the pioneer spirit of our Delphos sisters lives on in the sisters of the Toledo Region. In education, parish ministry, community service, justice and peace work, and in spirituality, the Sisters of Notre Dame and our Associates continue to incarnate God’s goodness and provident care where the need is greatest. We are SND PROUD!
National Provincial Center
13000 Auburn Rd.
Chardon, OH 44024