One Family’s Generous Gifts

WILTON—The U.S. Province of the Congregation of Notre Dame is blessed with wonderful friends. Among these friends is a family who came to know the CNDs through a Sister serving in their parish. This Sister introduced the family (they have requested anonymity) to CND spirituality and ministries to the poor and vulnerable. Last year family members made a very generous donation and renewed it this year for a total of $180,000. The family members targeted their gift to six Sisters who receive little or no pay but whose work changes lives and saves souls.

Three of the Sisters are in active ministry. Two advocate for the poor and the ecology of Appalachia. Another serves Hispanic immigrants in North Carolina.

The other three Sisters are officially “retired,” but volunteer in vital ministries: teaching religion at Notre Dame Academy, a CND school in Staten Island, NY; tutoring students at Grace Academy, a tuition-free middle school in Hartford; and serving as patient advocate on the oncology ward at St. Vincent Hospital in Bridgeport.

Sister Patricia McCarthy, CN, province leader, comments, “Such generous gifts allow our Sisters to continue their ministries to the poor, needy, exploited and forgotten. We are profoundly grateful to our good friends for helping make what we do possible.”

The family hopes their gift will inspire others to be generous (at any level their means permit) to CND Sisters and the Sisters’ ministries to the least fortunate among us. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Congregation of Notre Dame Mission Advancement Office,30 Highfield Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203.762.4309; website: Office of Mission Advancement.