The Center for Mission & Spirituality
The Center for Mission and Spirituality seeks to translate into action the strong mission, beliefs and legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and to make bridges to the sisters locally, nationally and internationally.
The Center for Mission and Spirituality provides opportunities for formation, education, and social justice through discussions, lectures, community service and prayer. Through the various mission integration programs, the strong mission and vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SND) continues to permeate across Emmanuel's campus.
Celebrations and Traditions
Annual programming through the center brings SNDs to campus to engage students in their global educational mission and promotes discussion and activities related to social justice.
Supper with the Sisters
Supper with the Sisters brings together Emmanuel College students with Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world to share in discussion and a meal. Through this program, students learn about what the Sisters are doing today to live out the mission of St. Julie Billiart globally.
Supper with the Sisters is offered twice a semester and is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Each year during Founders' Week, the Emmanuel community reflects upon the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by St. Julie Billiart and the founding of the College in 1919. Founders' Day is part of a weeklong celebration that includes prayer services, discussions and local community service opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND Lecture Series
This lecture honors one of the College's most distinguished faculty members, the late Sr. Marie Augusta Neal, SND ‘42. Sr. Marie Augusta taught sociology at Emmanuel for nearly 40 years, inspiring students to take an active role in global and social issues. She was internationally known for her work for change in the Church.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
To mark the opening of the academic year, Catholic colleges and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This longstanding tradition dates back to 16th century Europe and allows the entire College community to come together and celebrate Emmanuel's mission and Catholic identity. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated in conjunction with Emmanuel's Academic Convocation as the official start to the academic calendar. The Mass serves as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom throughout the academic year.
SND Jubilee Fund Walk
This annual walk supports the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur missions in both South America and Africa. Students from the 1804 Society are joined by their peers, faculty and staff in an effort to raise funds for international mission support. The walk is in the beginning of the fall semester and is held on Castle Island in South Boston. Walkers may walk any distance they are comfortable with, and the key, of course, is to encourage people to sponsor them.