Educating a diverse population in the liberal arts

For personal, professional and global responsibility

In the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame

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A Notre Dame College current trustee, faculty and staff member are commemorating their 50-year anniversaries with the Sisters of Notre Dame in 2019.

A total of 16 College alumnae, including two marking 70 years, one with 65 years and one with 60 years, are among the nearly 40 members of the Chardon, Ohio, province celebrating jubilees this year.

Marking their Golden Jubilee in 2019 are current members of the College community: Sr. Mary Margaret Gorman, ’71, a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees; Sr. Mary Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min., an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame and 1971 graduate of the College; and Sr. Donna Marie Paluf ’71, who currently serves as executive assistant to the president and the office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at Notre Dame.

Gorman also worked as advancement and vice president for administration at Notre Dame.

Another eight Sisters with previous service to the College are marking anniversaries with the congregation this year.

Sr. Mary Jane Olatta who reaches her Jubilee of Joy, 75 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, has served as an instructor at the College.

Sr. Mary Margaret Hess, ’58, trustee emerita of the College, commemorates her 70-year Jubilee of Grace with the Sisters of Notre Dame this year. Sr. Mary Catherine Romancik, a 1951 graduate of the College also marks 70 years with the congregation. Romancik has served as an instructor at Notre Dame.

Celebrating 65 years, the Iron Jubilee, is Sr. Mary Margaret Harig, a 1956 graduate of the College who is a former trustee and faculty member, and Sr. Mary Rochelle Walter, a former instructor at Notre Dame.

Sr. Eileen Marie Reardon, who formerly worked in food service at the College, has reached her 60-year Diamond Jubilee.

Sr. Megan Dull ‘71, who retired this year after serving nearly 35 years as an adjunct art instructor in three-dimensional design and ceramics at the College, and Sr. Mary Joela Leinberger, who has worked the Notre Dame Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences, both mark their Golden Jubilee in 2019.

Alumna Sr. Anne Marie Robinson ’61 has reached the 60-year Diamond Jubilee. Eight alumnae mark 50-year anniversaries with the Sisters of Notre Dame this year: Sr. Mary Kendra Bottoms ’71, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Daly ’74, Sr. Mary Barbara Daugherty ’74, Sr. Marie Alex Justavich ’72, Sr. Olivia Maria Latiano ’72, Sr. Mary Lenette Marcello’72, Sr. Mary Renee Pastor ’72, and Sr. Mary Gail Sako ’71

Other members of the Chardon province commemorating jubilees in 2019 and their anniversaries with the Sisters of Notre Dame are:


Sr. Mary Patricia Gannon


Sr. Jeanne Mary Nieminen

Sr. Mary Doreen Strahler

Sr. Mary Rosalind Vilics


Sr. Mary Anne Glaser

Sr. Mary Margaret Kerr

Sr. Mary Laurette Kramer

Sr. Mary Francismarie Seiler

Sr. Mary Alice Slowey

Sr. Mary Rochelle Walter


Sr. Mary Joanne Bonczek

Sr. Mary Kathleen Knechtges

Sr. Mary Popoczy

Sr. Eileen Marie Reardon

Sr. Mary Jacquelyn Sefcovic

Sr. Mary Geralyn Stenger

Sr. Mary Ann Tusai


Sr. Mary Emilia Castelletti

June 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, 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 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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or