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Sister Marie Julie joins the Hilton Fund for Sisters

September 27, 2013 by SNDCA Communications Office


Sister Marie Julie with Conrad N. Hilton                                  Sister Marie Julie with co-worker, Luna Capalla

Recently Sister Marie Julie Bruss traveled to California from Cleveland, Ohio to join the staff of the Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters as the Executive Assistant for Administration and Finance.  As a Sister of Notre Dame from the Chardon Province, Sister has had broad and varied ministry experiences.  Earlier in her career she was a teacher and assistant principal, and then a counselor.  More recently Sister Marie Julie had worked as a program administrator for clinical services in a community mental health agency, and as an assistant to the facilities director for our Notre Dame educational center complex.  Before coming to California, Sister served in the role of dean of students in an inner city Catholic high school.  Sister is very excited to use all of the skills she has gained, especially in administration, to contribute to this important work to support the ministries of other Sisters.  Sister Marie Julie feels privileged to be a part of the philanthropic legacy of Conrad Hilton.  Many of our SND units have benefited from grants awarded through the Fund.

Mr. Hilton was a visionary businessman responsible for building the largest hotel real estate empire of his time and the first American international hotel company. Conrad N. Hilton was also a visionary philanthropist committed to world peace and economic stability.  In 1986 the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation established the Conrad N. Hilton

Fund for Sisters specifically to support the apostolic work of Roman Catholic sisters in accordance with his Last Will and Testament:

“Be ever watchful for the opportunity to shelter little children with the umbrella of your charity; be generous to their schools, their hospitals and their places of worship.  Give aid to their protectors and defenders, the Sisters, who devote their love and life’s work for the good of mankind, for they appeal especially to me of being deserving of help from the Foundation.”  -Conrad N. Hilton       

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