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Oblates of Notre-Dame
Oblates of Notre-Dame[1]
Formation1956 (1956) Cotabato City (Philippines)
FounderFr. George Dion, OMI
Fr. Gerard Mongeau, OMI
TypeReligious congregation (Institute of Consecrated Life)
PurposeCatechesis and social ministries (Hesed Foundation, Reconciliation Center, health care, and ministry to migrants, itinerant people, and women, along with Mission Exchange in Papua New Guinea, Texas, USA and Okinawa, Japan)
#141 Sinsuat Ave., Rosary Heights, P.O. Box 667, 9600 Cotabato City, Philippines
Membership (2011[1])
Superior General
Sr. Erlinda Candelario Hisug,OND (2017-2021)[1]
Parent organization
Oblates of Mary Immaculate Philippine Province

The Oblates of Notre Dame (OND) is a Roman catholic religious congregation based in Cotabato City, Philippines.[2] The congregation consists of 172 religious sisters as of January 2016.[citation needed]. They are known for their interfaith programs in Mindanao which caters to both Christians and Muslims.[2]

It was founded on November 10, 1956, in Cotabato City by two missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who came to Manila in 1939: Fathers George Dion and Gerard Mongeau.[2][3] The First Members were: Sr. Ma. Estrella Adre, OND, and Sr. Rosita Quijano, OND

Their primary apostolate is pastoral catechesis. Many sisters are working as parish sisters and help in diocesan offices in various local parish churches. They own and administer schools or help in other institutions as administrators, deans of women or campus ministers especially among Notre Dame schools in the Philippines and church-owned institutions.

The OND first established presence in Papua New Guinea in 1982.[4]

The OND Sisters are also engaged in a numerous variety of social ministries, and work in conjunction with the OND Hesed Foundation.


  1. ^ a b c Annuario Pontificio, Città del Vaticano 2011, p. 1607
  2. ^ a b c Digal, Santosh (7 November 2006). "Mindanao: Notre Dame Oblates mark 50 years "serving Christians and Muslims"". Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  3. ^ "The Society of the Oblates of Notre Dame (OND)". Oblates of Mary Immaculate Philippine Province. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  4. ^ Lenssen, Frans A. (2013). Footprints in the Ocean. History of the Catholic Church in Western Oceania. Engelsdorfer Verlag. ISBN 978-3862689385. Retrieved 9 October 2021.