Sisters of Notre Dame to Receive 2013 Notre Dame College Medal June 1

Notre Dame College will award its highest honor, the 2013 Notre Dame College Medal, to its original founders: the Sisters of Notre Dame.

In honor of their ministry through the College, in the region and around the world, the Sisters of Notre Dame─who will be represented by the Chardon, Ohio, Provincial Superior Sister Margaret Mary Gorman; Superior General Sister Mary Kristin Battles; and Assistant General Sister Mary Shauna Bankemper─will receive the honor during a dinner ceremony at 6 p.m. June 1 on the Notre Dame campus.

 “The Notre Dame College Medal is our distinguished honor that recognizes those whose lives reflect the values of Notre Dame College. The College was created by the Sisters of Notre Dame and advances a mission, in part, shared with the congregation,” said Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D. “As the College concludes its yearlong celebration of 90 years of educating students in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, we are proud to award the congregation the highest distinction the College can bestow.” 

The Notre Dame Medal is awarded annually to an alumnus or alumna, friend of the College or civic leader in the Greater Cleveland community who exemplifies the values of the College. Recipients must demonstrate personal, professional and global responsibility through community service.

The Sisters of Notre Dame are an international congregation that began in Coesfeld, Germany, in 1850. Their mission is education in all forms, especially to those who are poor and marginalized. More than 2,000 vowed women religious currently minister throughout Ohio; Michigan; Indiana; New York; Florida; North Carolina; South Carolina; Kentucky; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and California, and in Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Oceania.

In addition to working as administrators and educators in elementary schools, high schools and colleges and with adult education and literacy training programs, the Sisters are prolific writers related to catechesis, plan programs for adult faith formation and spiritual development, counsel parishioners and coordinate evangelization programs.

The congregation also administers a home for children whose families are in crisis, works in a women’s shelter, counsels persons with mental illness, engages in prison ministry, serves in hospitals and hospices and aids sick and elderly persons.

Among other humanitarian and social justice efforts, the Sisters also help ensure clean water for small villages throughout Asia and Africa and are involved in the movement to end human trafficking locally and abroad.

In 1922, the Sisters of Notre Dame founded the College as a Catholic, four-year, liberal arts institution for women, adding postsecondary education to their already established ministry network of one academy, seven high schools and 25 parochial schools created in the Cleveland area.

In Germany, the Coesfeld Sisters of Notre Dame had developed a flourishing educational ministry extending from kindergarten to teacher education and encompassing the care of neglected children to the aged. They came to America in the wake of “Kulturkampf” laws passed by the Bismarck government that included the removal of religious sisters from teaching positions in public elementary schools and the expulsion of teaching congregations from Prussia.

The Sisters of Notre Dame are the sixth recipient of the Notre Dame College Medal, which was first awarded in 2008 to civic leader Sam Miller. The 2009 medal was presented to the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland; the 2010 award to Anthony C. and Donna Kelly Rego, the first couple to receive the medal for their philanthropy and community service; the 2011 medal to the late philanthropist and civic leader Carl D. Glickman; and the 2012 honor to civic and community activist Beth E. Mooney.

Miller and Pilla are expected to serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2013 event.

The College offers sponsorship opportunities as well as individual and group tickets to the medal dinner in honor the Sisters of Notre Dame. Funds raised go directly toward the support of Notre Dame students and programs. For further information about how to become a program sponsor or purchase tickets, please contact Maureen Ischay, executive director of development, at 216.373.5335 or mischay@ndc.edu.



For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.