Welcome to a new academic year! Welcome to our Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, an organization which has marked its 83rd year! We are so blessed to be here and have our connections to Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, and with each other. I am truly honored to follow in the footsteps of so many before me and serve as the president of the Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College for the year.
My husband, Michael, is an ND grad, and daughter Catherine is a new ND Class of 2017 grad, and I am a Saint Mary’s grad. We always felt connected to Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. But when Mike began teaching at Notre Dame five years ago and we moved our family of five (two daughters and a son) from Chicago to here, we had another level of connectedness. Also, when I joined LND/SMC five years ago, I met so many wonderful and inspiring women through the interest groups and became involved, and that connection with LND/SMC has been a huge blessing to me and to our family.
Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are dynamic places that bring together many different people from many different backgrounds and places. The Ladies reflect this crossroads and our organization is enriched by the interesting and energetic women who are our members.
We hope you can attend our Opening Reception on September 26th, which will be held at the exciting new venue of the South Club, in the O’Neill building by the stadium. We invite you to become engaged with some activities and become involved with LND/SMC. The friendships that you make will further enrich your life and your connectedness to this special place.
God bless you and your families!
Mary Fran Kitz President