The School Sisters of Notre Dame have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools (QCES) Foundation’s Friend of Catholic Education Award in recognition of their years of service to both Catholic elementary and secondary education in Quincy. Established in 2009, the award recognizes an individual, couple or organization whose contributions have significantly fostered and strengthened Catholic schools in the Quincy community.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have had a continuous presence in Quincy, Illinois, since November 1, 1859, when Mother Caroline Friess, a School Sister of Notre Dame and a native of Bavaria, arrived in Quincy via steamboat, to survey the possibility of educating the children of German immigrants. Moved by their desire to educate their children, Mother Caroline sent for more School Sisters of Notre Dame to teach the children of these German immigrants. Within a few weeks, a school/convent was ready for the sisters, and on Dec. 27, 1859, three additional sisters arrived in Quincy to begin teaching at the newly established St. Boniface School, which had an enrollment of 400 students. The School Sisters of Notre Dame would go on to teach at St. Boniface School for the next 119 years.
Since 1859, more than 100 young women from Quincy have entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame Religious Order, and during the past 155 years, more than 1,040 School Sisters of Notre Dame have served as principals and teachers in Quincy’s Catholic schools, as well as in a variety of parish ministries and outreach programs within Quincy. Currently, there are four School Sisters of Notre Dame who continue to minister in Quincy: Sr. Jeanette Feldott, SSND, teaches at Quincy Notre Dame; Sr. Jacqueline Sellmeyer, SSND, a pastoral care assistant at St. Vincent Nursing Home; Sr. Joann Volk, SSND, a substitute teacher for Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools; and Sr. Jane Wand, SSND, a massage therapist.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame were honored at the Seventh Annual “Friend of Catholic Education Award” Dinner on Sat., Jan. 31, 2015, at the Quincy Holiday Inn, 4821 Oak St.
Revenue from the dinner is designated for the QCES Foundation’s Tuition Assistance Fund for students enrolled in one of Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools. Since 2009, the QCES Foundation has awarded more than $450,000 in tuition assistance to families with students enrolled at Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis and St. Peter schools, regardless of their faith tradition.
The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation was established in 2009 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support Catholic elementary education in Quincy, Illinois, through the establishment of a permanent tuition-assistance fund. The QCES Foundation strives to make a Catholic elementary school education affordable and attainable for every family seeking to send their child(ren) to one of Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools.
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