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The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Trinity in 1897 to make a higher education accessible to women who were denied admission to the men’s colleges in that era, and particularly to then-new Catholic University.  The SNDs are a global congregation of religious women working to spark action for social justice in places of need around the world, with a special emphasis on education for women and children and the poor.

St. Julie Billiart founded the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1804 in the aftermath of the French Revolution.  In 1840, the SNDs came to the United States to establish their first school in Cincinnati.  In 2015, the SNDs are celebrating the 175th Anniversary of their presence in the United States.

Sisters Julia McGroarty and Mary Euphrasia Taylor worked with other sisters in the founding of Trinity in 1897.  Over the years, many SNDs served as presidents, faculty and staff at Trinity, became active alumnae and worked to ensure the strength and vitality of Trinity’s mission.  Future work on this web page will include biographical snapshots and more information about the SNDs at Trinity.

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