Sisters of Notre Dame…Missioned to Incarnate the Love of our good and provident God


Holy Cross Province
Passo Fundo, RS-Brazil
The First Sisters of Notre Dame arrived in Brazil in 1923.
Established as a Province in 1937
On April 7, 1923, filled with confidence and courage, nine Sisters of Notre Dame left the Motherhouse in Mülhausen, Germany, to establish the Notre Dame mission in Brazil. A vast mission field was opening up in Brazil, while the growing power of National-Socialism closed Catholic schools in Germany. As a result, additional groups of sisters came to Brazil in the following years. A total of 178 sisters arrived in Brazil as missionaries. Currently, the Sisters of Notre Dame of the Passo Fundo Province, minister in the states of Acre, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, São Paulo and the Federal District, Brasilia. In 1993, the Sisters started a mission in Mozambique, Africa.
At present, the Sisters of Notre Dame of the Holy Cross Province, share the charism of God’s goodness and provident care in a vast apostolic field that includes 5 archdioceses and 9 dioceses, responding to the different demands according to the geographical, socio-economic, cultural and religious areas.
The Province celebrates its Patronal Feast on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14th.
The Generalate celebrates October 7th, Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, as its Patronal Feast.
  • Education
  • Preventive and curative health care
  • Promotion and social assistance
  • Leadership training
  • Catechesis
  • Vocation awareness programs
  • Pastoral care
  • Formation for Religious Life
  • Coordination and Administration
  • Retreat Pastoral
  • Missionary Work in Mozambique
  • Lodging and accompaniment for University Students
  • Youth Ministry
  • Prison Pastoral
  • Domestic economy
  • Care for Elderly people
  • Support for recycling cooperatives

Brazil—Passo Fundo, RS Province
Irmãs de Notre Dame
Rua Moron, 2279
Cx. Postal 565
99010-035 – Passo Fundo, RS, Brasil
Fone: (0055) 54/2104 2944
Contact Sister

Irmã Maria Iris Marcolin, SND –
Vocation director

Irmã Maria Lenice Rebelato, SND –
Volunteer Coordinator

Irmã Maria Iris Marcolin, SND –
Visit the Sisters of Notre Dame in Passo Fundo-RS, Brazil
Holy Cross Province Website



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