Central America ~ Nicaragua

Jinotega Mission

Nicaragua, Central America

Established 2008

Christ the King Province, Chardon, Ohio, USA

At the invitation of Bishop Carlos Enrique Herrera, the Chardon province of the Sisters of Notre Dame began a mission in Nicaragua on July 26, 2008. Four North American sisters—three from the Chardon, Ohio, province and one from the Toledo, Ohio, province—went to Jinotega to minister in the parish of Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) in El Llano de las Tejeras with the goal of spreading the Gospel message and empowering lay leadership.

With financial help from Food for the Poor and the American Nicaraguan Foundation, a simple convent and a parish community center were built. The sisters ministering here serve the parish of Sangre de Cristo, as well as many mission communities and villages in the mountains. This area is among the poorest in Nicaragua, which is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Nicaragua is the first mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Central America. We accompany the people in order to discover their needs, especially revitalizing catechesis, empowering women, and finding ways to improve their economic condition. May our presence here spread healing and peace, which is so needed in our world.


  • Catechesis
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Re-evangelization
  • Training of Catechists


Nicaragua—Jinotega Mission
Hermanas de Nuestra Señora
Casa Episcopal
Parroquia de Sangre de Cristo
El Llano de las Tejaras
Jinotega, Nicaragua C.A.
Phone: 011.505.8.447.2472

Contact sister:
Sister Mary Roseanna Mellert, SND – rmellert@ndec.org