From Sister Patricia McCarron

A loving God inspires us each to continue to live each day our theme for the year, "United in Faith." Faith in one another, and faith in the Jesus who lives in and among us. United in the Gospel and in the message of Jesus Christ to be one. This unity is the charism of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, our founding order. As we journey through this school year, may we always remain United in Faith!

Unity at the Core
When the School Sisters of Notre Dame congregation was founded in 1833, the order was gifted through the Holy Spirit with the charism of unity. This desire for oneness with God and with one another has infused the work of the SSNDs for nearly two centuries and across the world. Each October 24, we celebrate the School Sisters of Notre Dame Foundation Day. This is a time when we honor these faithful women who have, since the congregation began, answered God’s call.
In past years, Notre Dame Prep has hosted in person School Sisters of Notre Dame and NDP Jubilarian alumnae for a community Liturgy and special luncheon. Because of COVID, this year will be different, as we will hold our Foundation Day Liturgy virtually and host no outside guests. Although we are not gathering in person, unity remains. By its nature as an SSND-sponsored school, Notre Dame is rooted in unity and works through its academic, spiritual and service mission to bring  “all to that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent” (SSND Constitution, You Are Sent, p. 37).


    • Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.

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    Sister Patricia McCarron’s appointment as Notre Dame Preparatory School’s ninth headmistress, which began July 1, 2005, completes a remarkable circle:  she started her professional career there as a faculty member some 30 years ago and returned to lead the school in its 132nd year.  Sister Patricia guides the NDP faculty and staff in its mission of educating young women to transform the world.
    In the years that she has been headmistress, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at Notre Dame Preparatory School, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund and endowment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and their commitment to service and justice in the world.  Under her leadership, NDP has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012 and again in 2020; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun each year since the program’s inception in 2011; A Baltimore Style and Daily Record Reader’s Top Choice School; and a Top Engineering Source School by University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.
    As a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Patricia is committed to empowering others through education.  Before her appointment at NDP, Sister Patricia served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Prior to that, she held administrative positions at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.
    Sister Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Ed. in Education Management and Supervision from Loyola College.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Sister Patricia is a recognized speaker on the topics of Catholic identity and Catholic school leadership.  She is in The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for being named among the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2014, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s Educational Excellence Award. She previously served on the Board of the Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014-2020) and currently serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Independent Child Abuse Review Board.

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