Notre Dame School strives to keep alive the legacy of St. Julie Billiart, her Spiritual Mother,who filled with faith in God and a burning desire to work for the transformation of society founded the congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame. St. Julie was born on July 12, 1751 into a middle-class family in Cuvilly, France. As a child she was healthy, intelligent, sensible, and hard-working.
During her teenage years misfortune struck the family. The Billiarts were reduced to poverty. Julie’s faith in the good God gave her the courage to work hard and earn a living for her family. Julie was seen as an enemy of the French Revolution because of her teaching and the support she gave to priests. She had to go into hiding to escape from being guillotined. Her health became fragile and gradually her whole body was paralysed. For twenty-three years Julie remained a victim of paralysis but she continued to instruct and counsel those who came to her bedside. A group of young women looked up to Julie as their spiritual guide and they became the members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame that Julie founded in Namur in 1804.