Today is a special day for NDA – the first day of May – the month of Mary! This month is dedicated to honoring Mary – the mother of Jesus, the first disciple, our advocate, helper and Mother of the World! As a school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, we have a special devotion to Mary which is reflected in our school’s mission statement, our daily prayers and many school activities.
Our Mary Mother of the World Chapel features 14 stained glass windows designed and fabricated by stained glass artist Claire Wing. These panels depict many images of Mary that reflect her loving and gracious influence around the world.
Mary, Star of the Sea
Our Lady of the Way
Our Lady of the Star
Our Lady of Light
Our Lady of Fire
On March 12, just a day before our last day together, three glass panels were delivered to our Chapel. They will be the new Mary Shrine (also designed by Claire Wing) in our chapel. The final installation of the shrine will commence upon our return to school. May it always be a place of quiet reflection opening our hearts to Mary’s example and love.
This year our May Crowning will be released as a video on Wednesday, May 6. Senior Molly Kleier will crown Mary with a wreath of flowers. In her beautiful essay about Mary’s influence in her life, Molly said “As an empowered young woman wanting to make a positive difference in the world, I see Mary as my primary role model.” May this month of May, this month of Mary, inspire each of us to be so bold.
NDA Mission Statement
Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic high school dedicated to Mary and committed to academic excellence, exists to educate young women to make a difference in the world.
NDA Mission Prayer
Good and Gracious God, help us to grow as a community centered in Jesus Christ, witnessing to your goodness. May we like Mary, grow in the spirit of the Gospel, in love and respect for all, and in service of one another.
Help us to strive for excellence in all we teach and do, so that your kingdom may come on earth and we can truly make a difference in our world. Amen
Sr. Marla Monahan, SND