Welcome to The Ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, an organization which has marked its 85th year! Our mission is to assist and serve as a connection for women affiliated with both the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College, both located in the heart of the American Midwest, the city of South Bend, Indiana. Whether you have relocated to our community, are here temporarily for a graduate program, going through a change in life circumstances, or just looking to meet interesting people, we are here for you. We have many interest groups and programs to get you involved and engaged! We also have several events during the year where men are invited to participate.
My husband, Jim, and I would be living in Connecticut were it not for the Ladies of ND/SMC. Three years ago, I moved to South Bend from CT/New York City area to fulfill my husband’s life-long dream of teaching at his alma mater. The first month, I cried so much about being home-sick that my husband said we could move back east in a year if I were still unhappy.
My friend, Kim, encouraged me to attend a Newcomers event of which she was chair. At that event, I met many smart and engaging women who I now consider “my tribe.” I joined the Creative Cooking Group, went on to organize and host the Duplicate Bridge Group, and never looked back. These wonderful ladies helped me figure out where to get both of my cars fixed inexpensively when my daughter crashed her car into mine in our driveway. They gave me the list of shops to get those hard to find gourmet ingredients, the chic boutiques that sell unique clothes at reasonable prices, and things like which doctors were still taking new patients.
Most importantly, these ladies are my support system when everything goes wrong or just feels like it. Many brought over dinners when I had shoulder surgery. Others brought wine and cried with me when sad things happened. In these three years, I have met the most amazing women through the LNDSMC.
At the end of that first academic year, my husband said, “I guess we don’t need to call the movers.” “Nope, I think I just agreed to be president-elect.”