50th Anniversary of St. Julie Billiart's Canonisation
Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
A CELEBRATION IN THE METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING LIVERPOOL
Organised by the
SND UK NETWORK OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES.
Notre Dame Dowanhill Fernhill Our Lady and St Patrick's Dumbarton
Notre Dame High School Sheffield Notre Dame High School Norwich Notre Dame High School Plymouth
Notre Dame Catholic College Liverpool St. Julie's Catholic High School Liverpool
The Homily was delivered by Sister Anne Marie Niblock Head Teacher of Notre Dame RC Secondary Girls School, Southwark. (Link to the Homily)
What a delight to see so many students gathered together in one place. Such a gathering was a sure sign that St. Julie’s charism is alive and well and that her work is being ably carried forward by so many in today's world.
In the words of The Provincial Team;
"We give thanks for the staff and students in our Notre Dame UK schools and colleges, We recognise that living and spreading the message of St. Julie is now in your hands. You are our hope, our future and we know that we can place our trust in you and in our Good God"
Saint Julie was known as ‘the smiling saint.’
Wednesday July 19 dawned bright and clear – a day to celebrate that day 50 years ago when St Julie Billiart, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur was proclaimed a Saint in Rome by Pope Paul V1
As a fitting commemoration, Mass was celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. Students from across the country gathered, filling the beautiful Cathedral with energy and life. A large contingent of Sisters of Notre Dame, alumnae and friends were also part of the congregation. The chief celebrant was Archbishop Malcolm McMahon with concelebrants from the various Schools.
There was full student participation as songs of praise and thanks echoed throughout the Cathedral, St. Julie’s presence evident in our midst. At the offertory significant symbols from the individual schools were carried to the altar.
Julie firmly believed that her God was with her whatever the circumstances of her life – good or bad.
She radiated this deep peace and joy and her constant refrain was,
“Ah, qu’il est bon, le bon Dieu.” "How good is the good God."
Is this maybe a refrain which we too can make our own?