With Grateful Hearts

Last weekend I was sitting outside on our patio enjoying a socially distanced fireside chat with my neighbor Susan when she said, “You know – good things did happen in 2020.” I am from a large family and have siblings and grown children who live out of town, so our Thanksgiving table is usually a reunion of a large number of loud, boisterous, talkative people who have a lot of catching up to do.  While I was bemoaning the fact that, this year, we would not be surrounded by all those loving family members, her simple statement struck me as quite profound. In spite of all the ways this year has been so challenging, Susan is right  –  good things did happen in 2020. Here we were talking about our Thanksgiving plans and at that point we were able to really focus on giving thanks.

I do not want to dismiss the fact that so many are struggling greatly- especially those who are sick (over 85,000 Americans are hospitalized) or who have lost loved ones to this virus. It is incomprehensible that we have lost 258,957 in our country to COVID19. And so many are making great sacrifices to care for others who are sick and grieving. Not only do I have much to be grateful for, but I owe it to all of these good people to act with a grateful heart.

Here is a start to my gratitude list;

  • A loving, fun and close-knit family
  • An incredible husband and adult children with partners who love and support them
  • Our NDA community filled with dedicated educators, eager learners and supportive families
  • Generous benefactors who help us advance the mission of NDA in all we do
  • Notre Dame sisters ever inspiring us through example and prayer
  • Alumnae who really do make a difference in the world, especially those who are parents, educators, healthcare workers, first responders and community leaders

One of our family traditions is to begin our meal prayer with our “I’m thankful for (family member) because…” That tradition is on this year when 30 of us will meet on Zoom (of course!) and two of our youngest cousins, Nate and Cameron, will read each of our expressions of gratitude for another family member. There will be laughter, a few tears and a lot of love.

Just as my friend Susan opened my heart to being thankful, so too does our gratitude open our hearts to God’s goodness and love. In giving thanks we focus on all we have been given and our gratitude becomes a gift not only to others but to ourselves as well.  I hope you and your family enjoy a very special Thanksgiving this year and, while your table may be small, may your celebration overflow with shared gratitude and an abundance of God’s goodness and love.

I am thankful for each of you for being a part of our NDA community!

2020 Open House Experience

This Sunday, Notre Dame Academy kicks off our first ever Open House Experience week. For the last several months, NDA has been finding creative ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can keep our young women engaged in meaningful learning. Our Open House is no exception and we have innovated and put together a number of ways to share the Notre Dame Academy experience with our prospective students and parents, alumnae, donors and friends of NDA – all week long! Our week features a new interactive virtual tour of NDA, Panda Sneak Peek in person Information Sessions, Virtual Interest Sessions, individual tours and more!

We will kick the events off with our Open House Panda Parking Lot Pep Rally on Sunday, November 8, from 1-2 p.m. Drive through campus where you will be welcomed by the Sisters, faculty, staff and students of Notre Dame Academy and experience the uplifting sounds of our NDA/CCH Band. We will also have some NDA gifts for those prospective Pandas who come by as well.

As Northern Kentucky’s only Catholic college preparatory high school exclusively for young women, we are excited to offer a variety of opportunities to learn about Notre Dame Academy. You can find the link for these events during the week at our website. One of the highlights of this experience is a new interactive virtual tour of NDA. Please take a few minutes to click on the link and learn about the many features of our campus, as well as information about our programs that support the academic, personal, physical and spiritual development of our students.

A century ago the Sisters of Notre Dame came to the greater Cincinnati area and, in 1906, opened the doors of Notre Dame Academy for the very first time.  From that campus on 5th street in Covington, Kentucky, to our current location in Park Hills, the NDA tradition has continued to grow and flourish. Our Pandas have been ignited with a passion for learning ever since the days of our founding. We welcome all to our 2020 Open House Experience at NDA and we are excited to share that legacy and all it has meant to our school as we work to educate young women to make a difference in our world.