The spirituality of Notre Dame Plymouth is firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who founded and support the school. It is overseen by the Bishop of Plymouth and the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth.
The Sisters of Notre Dame
The Mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is to make known God’s goodness… and educate for life. The founding aims are:
- To make known God’s goodness and love of the poor through a Gospel way of life, community and prayer.
- To stand with poor people, especially women and children, in the most abandoned places.
- To work with others to create justice and peace
Our Spirituality is a simple but profound belief that God is so very good. We share in an absolute trust in God’s active presence in all of life. We seek to follow the way of simplicity, obedience and charity that St. Julie set forth for us. As a community, we share our resources and talents. Together we respond to local and world needs, especially the needs of poor women and children. We are united by a common vision of the Gospel and a common call to follow Jesus. As Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Mary also holds a special place in our heart. In the words of St. Julie, we strive to grow “in the spirit of Mary, the virtue of Mary, the strength and power of Mary.” We strive to be women of prayer – both personal and communal. Prayer is the essence of our lives. It fosters and enriches our life of faith and mission. We reach out in support and companionship to others on their faith journey. From the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Constitutions (1989):
“We therefore strive to awaken in ourselves and in those with whom we work, a conscience which recognizes sin in its individual and social manifestations. We commit ourselves to that action for justice which makes real and credible the message of the gospel.” (Article 22)
“We work with others to transform unjust structures and systems as we participate in creating new ways of relating which enable all to express more fully the goodness of God.” (Article 23)
“Our spirituality is apostolic in the tradition of St. Julie Billiart, whose unique experience of prayer and action, enabled her to find God’s presence everywhere and in a special way among the poor.” (Article 44)
Chapter Acts ’69 :
“We, the Sisters of Notre Dame, will strive to find concrete means to promote social and racial integration.”
The Sisters of Notre Dame: www.sndden.org
Notre Dame Virtual School: www.ndvs.org
SND British Province: www.sistersofnotredameuk.org
Notre Dame, Southwark: www.notredame.southwark.sch.uk
Notre Dame High School, Glasgow: www.notredamehigh.glasgow.sch.uk
Notre Dame Catholic College, Everton Valley: www.notredameliverpool.com
Notre Dame High School, Sheffield: www.notredame-high.org.uk
Notre Dame Sixth Form College, Leeds: www.notredamecoll.ac.uk
Notre Dame High School, Norwich: www.ndhs.org.uk
The Catholic Diocese of Plymouth
Plymouth Diocese is in the West Country and consists of the counties of Cornwall (with the Isles of Scilly), Devon and Dorset (west of the original county boundary, thus including two parishes in Bournemouth). The Diocese of Plymouth was established on 29th September 1850. Bishop Joseph Hendren acted temporarily as Administrator until the appointment on June 16th 1851 of George Errington as the First Bishop of Plymouth. Originally Plymouth was one of the dioceses in the Province of Westminster – the only Province in the country. In 1911 it became a part of the Province of Birmingham. Finally, in 1965, it became part of the Province of Southwark.
Diocesan Vision Statement
Christopher, Bishop of Plymouth, invites the priests, deacons, religious and people of the Diocese, to adopt this Vision of our Mission as we make our way towards the 21st Century and the 3rd Millenium. In order that the Gospel may be lived and preached effectively we pledge ourselves, before Our Lord in the World and in co-operation with all other Christians, to be the Good News of the Kingdom in person, word and action. We will become more fully:
- A Celebrating Church – Expressing what we believe in our worship, engaging with the gift of liturgy, and allowing ourselves to be renewed in it
- A Caring Church – Seeking to understand the sufferings of those around us, reaching out and being Christ to one another, and serving the world
- A Learning Church – Deepening our understanding of our faith, humbling ourselves to learn from Our Lord and each other, and discovering our true nature as the Body of Christ
- A Living Church – Empowering all around us with the presence and joy of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming Christ to the world, and being faithful to our mission
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour” Luke 4: 8-19