Last month, students and teachers from across the world gathered to continue the development and implementation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s (SNDdeN) mission and Hallmarks. Seven students and two teachers from the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) joined with more than 80 counterparts from sister schools at the Fourth Annual Student Leadership Conference at Emmanuel College.
The Academy was represented by students Charli Aldana-Proulx of Brookline, NH, Olivia Gavlak of Hudson, NH, Kate Conrad of Windham, NH, Emily Aho of Pelham, NH, Danielle Wuerdeman of Hollis, NH, Katie Vieira of Billerica, and Maya Hardy of Billerica.
“During the three-day conference, students from the SNDdeN affiliated high schools based in the U.S. as well as students from Kroonstadt South Africa gathered to become more connected with the overall mission of the Sisters,” says Elizabeth Rossano, Upper School Theology Teacher. “The students explored issues related to leadership and their common connection to the Notre Dame heritage and Hallmarks.”
Students attended workshops and presentations, in addition to working in small groups to become more familiar with the charism and history of the SNDdeN. During the presentations, the Sisters relayed how they are contributing and trying to make a difference for issues at the US Border and in the United Nations.
On the first day of the conference, students participated in a Mass that was dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Julie Billiart, led by Fr. Ed Pratt of Badin High School in Dayton, Ohio. Each school created a banner in honor of the celebration.
The second day of the conference was spent enjoying a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, where students could relax and learn more about their peers. For the final day, all SNDdeN schools were paired up to encourage community and work to develop working relationships rooted in the SNDdeN Hallmarks. NDA was partnered with Notre Dame Hingham for the coming year. Each school will display their sister school’s banner and student exchanges will take place.