Final Celebration at St. Loup! For the 200th Jubilee

July 28, 2019
Sr. Gabriela Martinez, Sr. Mary Dorothy Powers, Sr. Patricia Ridgley

On July 8, Sister Maureen Quinn, then Superior General of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, opened the 2019 General Chapter in Namur, Belgium. Coincidentally, 2019 is the 200th anniversary of our foundation by Dom Nicholas Joseph Minsart, a former Cistercian monk, together with two young women from Namur: Josephine Sana and Elisabeth Berger. From that humble beginning, the congregation spread to nine other countries in Europe, North America, Africa, and South America. In these photos taken at the General Chapter, we see representa-tives from all ten countries as they assist at the Concluding Mass in the Church of St. Loup, the same church of which Dom Minsart was pastor 200 years ago. This year, Soeur Immaculée from Rwanda, was elected Superior General for the next six years. She will have as her Councilors: Sister Barbara from England, Soeur Marie Justine from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sister Maria das Graças of Brazil, and Soeur Ana from Belgium. After the Mass the Sisters processed to the corner of their nearby convent where a plaque has been installed to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Sr. Louise Smith, SSMN

SSMN Chapter Delegates from Texas Region

July 2019
Sr. Gabriela Martinez, Sr. Mary Dorothy Powers, Sr. Patricia Ridgley

Sr. Lola Ulupano and Oblate Ann Smith are support staff for the many facets of the 3 week chapter.

Pray for all the Sisters on there way to Chapter, God keep them safe on there journey.

News from the sisters at the Chapter, Namur, July 2019.

Open House and then Vespers at the mother house today. You see Sisters looking through the archives display. It just so happened to be S Thérèse Marie’s BD today, so we sang to her. She reminded us that the mother house chapel was built on the site of the orchard of our founder, Don Minsart, and with the help of our first sisters.

200 years of walking to pray in the chapel can even wear down stone.

Saturday was a free day, so some sisters went to the large outdoor market in Namur.

Here's just part of the flower market!

SSMN Celebrate the 200th Anniversary Visiting the departed Sisters graves in Waco

May 15, 2019
As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the foundation of our congregation in Namur, Belgium, in 1819, we wanted to honor the courage and dedication of all of the Sisters who have gone before us. Among them are our pioneer Sisters who came to Texas in 1873. Eighteen of these valiant women now rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Waco, Texas. On May 15th, fourteen of our Sisters, Oblates, and friends went to Waco to visit and pray at their graves. We then went to the church of St. Francis on the Brazos where Sister Mary Mathilda Laufkotter, Sister Bertha Carey, and many other Sisters worked with the Hispanic children and their families for over twenty years. We had a beautiful prayer service and then went to the home of John and Anna Fulbright, the brother and sister-in-law of Sr. Mary Fulbright where we enjoyed their hospitality and had box lunches before returning to Fort Worth. God bless our Waco Sisters and all of the students and teachers who passed through Sacred Heart Academy.

May they Rest in Peace

SSMN Celebrate Founders Day

November 11, 2018
On Nov. 11, 2018, the Sisters began a year of preparation for our 200th anniversary in 2019. Shown are some of the Sisters preparing to cook baked apples and baked potatoes which, according to tradition, formed the first supper eaten by the first two Sisters. We also have featured a photo of Mother Emilie Kemen, the leader of the group of three who first came to Texas in 1873. This year we also wanted to honor Sisters who have been important in the life of the international congregation and here in Texas.  

Our motto, pictured here, is: 
"In simplicity of heart, I have joyfully offered all to the Lord."

God bless SSMN.

Sr. Ginny Vissing served as the MC on Founders Day

She sang this little tune at the Founders Day celebration. She lives in Wichita Falls, Texas. So she knows about the weather in Texas.

Home on the Range (Waco)

O give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

To Texas we come in the really bright sun
All we want is a little place to stay
Waco’s the spot and, Lord, it is hot!
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

They take us to rest in a place that’s a mess
Where the rats hang around us all day
And even at night, they give us a fright
And the skies are not cloudy all day!

Home, home on the range
We thought many Catholics would pray
We just did not know, that they wouldn’t show
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

We want to go home from where the buffalo roam
How can the Lord want us to stay
Somehow the grace made us stick in this place
Where the skies are not cloudy all day.

Home, home on the range
We’ll build a big school come what may
It sounds very rash cause we aint got the cash
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

After so many years, those sister pioneers
Never dreamed we’d all be here today,
They gave us a start with great faith in their hearts
Where the skies are not cloudy all day.

Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.


The Sisters celebrated their 198th birthday!

On Nov. 11, 1819, two young women came together to work for the poor with Dom Nicholas Joseph Minsart in the Parish of St. Loup in Namur, Belgium. Their supper that night consisted of baked potatoes and baked apples. Since that time, it has been our annual tradition to have a special prayer to commemorate that occasion and then to have the same supper together. Our work of education and work with the poor has now spread to ten countries.