Brazil ~ Passo Fundo

Holy Cross Province

Passo Fundo, RS-Brazil

First Sisters arrived in 1923

Established as a Province in 1937

On April 7, 1923, full of trust and courage, nine Sisters of Notre Dame left the motherhouse in Mülhausen for Brazil. A vast missionary field was opening up in Brazil, while the growing power of National Socialism was closing Catholic schools in Germany. As a result, additional groups of sisters came to Brazil in the following years. A total of 178 sisters arrived in Brazil as missionaries. Presently the sisters of the Passo Fundo province minister in the states of Acre, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, and Distrito Federal. In 1992 the sisters opened a mission in Mozambique, Africa.

We share our charism and work to fulfill our mission by our ministry in a vast field of educational-pastoral work in schools, hospitals, parishes and in social work. After the Second Vatican Council and the conferences of Medellin, Puebla and St. Domingo, the province became more involved with the commitment of the local Church to ministry with the poor. Today we minister in 13 dioceses with different demands according to the geographical, social-economical, cultural and religious reality of the areas.

The Province celebrates September 14th, the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, as its Patronal Feast


  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Social Work
  • Parochial Administration
  • Parochial Pastoral
  • Vocations Pastoral
  • Formation for Religious Life
  • Coordination and Administration
  • House for Meetings and Retreats
  • Missionary Work in Mozambique
  • Boarder for University Students
  • Psychology Office
  • Youth Pastoral
  • Home Services
  • Partnership working with Public Power
  • Houses for Old People
  • Work with Recycling Materials


Brazil—Passo Fundo, RS Province
Irmãs de Nossa Senhora
Rua Moron, 2279
Cx. Postal 565
99001-970—Passo Fundo, RS
Phone: (0055) 54/2104 2944

Contact Sister
Irmã Maria Cleomar, SND –

Vocation director
Irmã Maria Lenice Rebelato, SND – 

Volunteer Coordinator
Irmã Maria Cleomar, SND –

Visit the Sisters of Notre Dame in Passo Fundo-RS, Brazil
Holy Cross Province Website