Dear Dedicated Friends,
We believe in our God, who is a loving and generous God, and we have so much to celebrate. We also believe in the Gospel challenge that calls us to put that belief into action by serving others so they too can celebrate our loving God, who loves them to fullness of life.
We celebrate God’s fidelity to us, a Notre Dame Congregation, as we mark the 100th anniversary of our arrival in Omaha to assist Fr. Edward Flanagan in establishing of the now famous Boys Town, and as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our sponsored ministry, Notre Dame Housing, providing an affordable and enriched environment for older adults.
As we believe and celebrate, we also plan for a future where we will have ensured that our past efforts and accomplishments will be transitioned into a legacy to last for years to come. We trust that because our work is of God, it will continue.
With the assistance of many of our faithful advisors and leaders, we have identified three needs and a strategy to fulfill these needs through this campaign. We invite you to reflect on them and consider how you might join us in filling these needs — for the good of all God’s people, but especially the women, children and elderly. We invite you to become an important believing, celebrating and trusting part of our endeavors. You can be a factor in helping us make a difference for so many.
My Sisters and I, and our dedicated staff, look forward to the occasions on which we can tell our great story, God’s story of working within us.
Yours in our Loving God,
Sr. Margaret Hickey, ND
The Notre Dame Sisters and Notre Dame Housing extend our gratitude to John and Wende Kotouc and American National Bank for their continued partnership with us. American National Bank provided a $21,000 challenge gift in support of our Proud Legacy. Bright Future. Campaign. We are grateful for their generosity and ongoing support! Thank you!
The Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters dates back to the 16th century, founded in Lorraine, France in 1597 by St. Peter Fourier and Blessed Alix LeClerc. Together they helped transform unmet needs of their time by making Christian formation available to all. They believed that society can be changed for the better by empowering individuals, especially women, through Christian education. This mission extended to Bohemia in 1853 under the leadership of Fr. Gabriel Schneider and five women who established a new congregation.
Requests for Sisters came from the United States in 1907. In response to these requests, Mother Qualberta and four other Sisters left their homeland in 1910 to come to work with the Czech people. They arrived in Omaha in 1917 at the request of Fr. Flanagan to help with what is now Boys Town.
In 1926, the Sisters opened Notre Dame Academy. The school opened with 15 students, and by the end of the first academic year, attendance had grown to 26 students from around the Midwest. The Academy was sponsored and staffed by the Notre Dame Sisters from its inception to its merger with Rummel High School in 1974. With this merger, Roncalli Catholic High School was formed, and continues to carry the Notre Dame Academy legacy today.
After careful evaluation and prayer, the Notre Dame Sisters decided in 1997 to continue pursuing and strengthening their mission of meeting unmet needs in the community by converting the Academy, and eventually the entire Motherhouse, into safe, affordable housing for seniors.
In all these services, the Sisters strive to carry on the mission Our Lady first gave to Alix LeClerc: "Take this Child and make Him grow until he becomes great in all."
As the Notre Dame Sisters transition their tireless work into a legacy, they are embarking upon a campaign to ensure stability and a vibrant future of the ministries they’ve nurtured, empowering those with unmet needs.
Fully Fund the Sisters’ Retirement and Healthcare needs. $550,000
Through frugal living, aggressive savings and smart investments, the Sisters have funded their retirement and healthcare to near completion. Fully-funding the Sisters’ retirement and healthcare needs will allow them to continue their ministry of presence, sharing God’s love with others, and receive the dignified care they need.
Improve and Ensure Affordable Housing for Older Adults at Notre Dame Housing on Seven Oaks Campus. $800,000
Serve Those with Unmet Needs and Create a Transition Plan for Ministries. $150,000
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I thought the archdiocese provided for the Sisters health and retirement.
A. The Archdiocese of Omaha provides no direct support to any non-diocesan religious order. Annually, the National Religious Retirement Office takes up a collection for the retirement of Sisters. The Notre Dame Sisters has not received support from this office since 2012 and are fully responsible for their own health and retirement needs.
Q. What does Notre Dame Housing provide?
A. Twenty years ago, the Sisters transformed their Motherhouse and Notre Dame Academy into 107 units of affordable housing for older adults on limited incomes. Giving their home to help others in need, the Sisters created a service-enriched environment to improve residents’ quality of life, allowing them to live independently and age in place.
Q. As the Sisters age, who will manage these funds?
A. The plan envisions a structure of lay and religious personnel to manage the needs of the Sisters and their assets when the Sisters reach a point where they no longer wish to manage these themselves.
Q. What are some of the contributions the Sisters have made?
A. With their roots in education, many of the Sisters have taught school, mostly in smaller urban and rural parishes. Each Sister has had a professional ministry – some in healthcare, others with the homeless or in church ministries. In recent times, work with the Coalition on Human Trafficking, domestic violence and affordable housing for older adults reflects the Sisters’ commitment to helping women reach their potential.
Q. What kind of monument do you see to honor the Sisters?
A. Each Notre Dame Sister should be recognized for her commitment and honored for her work across the 107-year history of the organization. Placing their names in a simple and public fashion to encourage their remembrance is important. As the Sisters created the Notre Dame Associates – lay men and women sharing the Sisters’ commitment to prayer, service and community – the Sisters wish to have these names alongside their own.
Q. May I honor a specific Sister with a gift?
A. There are multiple means by which to honor a Sister or to honor others through naming opportunities. Please consult the advancement office for more information about levels of giving and other specific means to recognize and honor the Sisters.
Methods of Giving
The most common method of making a gift is to contribute cash. You may benefit from such gifts with a charitable deduction on your tax return. Many donors may choose to make a cash gift in the form of a three-year pledge.
Stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that have appreciated can have an immediate impact in our campaign and create a tax reduction for you based on their current value. Because there is no capital gains tax when you make the gift, you double your tax savings on shares you’ve held for over a year.
You may donate to the campaign by making the Notre Dame Sisters the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
Planned giving is the process of carefully selecting the best method and asset for making a charitable gift. Such a gift can enable you to take full advantage of the tax laws to accomplish your financial and charitable goals. Talk with your financial advisor or tax professional for advice.