Writers & Artists

As writers and artists, many of the Sisters of Notre Dame strive to reflect God’s goodness in images and words.


Notre Dame Creations – Liturgical and Fine Art photography and reflections – Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz

Grace to Paint – Daily Oil Paintings – Sr. Maresa Lilley

Spiritual Art – Link to SND article about finding the Spiritual in Art

Paintgrace – Etsy site to purchase artwork by Sr. Maresa Lilley


Catholic Faith Corner – Understanding, Teaching and Living the Faith – Sr. Kathleen Glavich

Sunflower Seeds – Celebrating Everyday Spirituality – Sr. Melannie Svoboda

Sisters of Notre Dame Blog – Sisters of Notre Dame Group Reflections from the Sisters in Toledo

Sisters of Notre Dame – Religious resources – Sr. Kathleen Burns

Catholic Web Solutions – How to Integrate the Internet and Social Media into your Ministry – Sr. Susan Wolff


Sr. Kathleen Glavich – has written more than 60 books that testify to her skills as a catechist, her devotion to Jesus, and her desire to draw others closer to him.

Sr. Melannie Svoboda – a popular author and speaker who is well known for her ability to see grace in everyday happenings

Sr. Rosemarie DeChant – is the author and narrator of The Shagette Series of 4 books and CDs for little children

Sr. Valerie Schneider – is the author of multiple resources on prayer services and reflections

Sr. Regina Alfonso – is the author of “Go Teach and Jesus Showed Us How”

Profiles in Ministry: Sr. Joyanne Sullivan

I have been teaching myself how to paint for the last 15 years.  I began when I was invited, by someone I met when I led a senior ministry program at Sacred Heart Church, to join a class at a Ventura area Senior Center art class.  She asked me to join her and the class during my lunch break and I got hooked. I‘ve been painting ever since, working mainly with oil paints and doing landscapes and still life.

I try to use photos from places I’ve visited for inspiration in my paintings such as the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino and Descanso Gardens in La Canada. I feel very close to God when I am painting. I can close out the world around me, the frustrations and challenges of the day and zone in on the goodness of God in the beauty of His creation. My studio is my sanctuary, my holy ground.

I became a Sister of Notre Dame in 1963 and I am the Director of Adult Formation and Evangelization at St. Dominic’s Parish in Eagle Rock, CA. I am also a National Catechetical Leader and Master Catechist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I use art and nature to enhance my teaching and find my greatest joy in journeying with the RCIA and Adult Confirmation processes and in training lay people to embrace the roll of Catechetical leaders in their parishes. There are days I feel like their cheerleader and days I feels like their tug boat, but I always rejoice in their growing love of the teachings of Jesus and his Church.

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