Sister Ann Carmel Badalamente

Sister Ann Carmel Badalamente says that her first exposure to the Notre Dame Sisters was as a student at Sacred Heart Elementary School in downtown San Jose and later, at Notre Dame High School. When several of her friends were entering the convent after high school, she chose instead to work in the family grocery

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Sister Teresa Ann Leahy

Teresa Ann Leahy’s love of the poor goes back to the kitchen table conversations she heard as a child. Her parents admired Dorothy Day’s work and talked frequently about religion and social justice issues. As she grew older, they encouraged her to read Thomas Merton’s first books and the newly collected letters of Saint Thérèse

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Sister Cecilia Wallace

When Sister Cecilia Wallace reflects on her life, she finds a sense of fulfillment and inner peace. “It is hard to explain,” she says, “but it’s about being able to be there for people and the children.” And Sister Cecilia is certainly there for people. As Sister Liz Tiernan relates, “no matter how often she

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Sister Kathryn Keenan

Sister Kathryn Keenan wanted to be a teacher from the time she started to walk. As a student at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, California, she was attracted by the warmth and caring of the Sisters who were her teachers. After graduation from U.C. Santa Barbara, where she majored in Spanish, she spent a

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Sister Joanne (Catherine Rose) Miller

Sister Joanne Miller remembers being an eighth grader at Ascension School in Los Angeles when her teacher, Sister Mary Joan, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondolet, invited her and another girl to a clothing ceremony at the St. Joseph Motherhouse. Sister Joanne recalls, “It was a pretty impressive ceremony in those days with so

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