Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Elizabeth Smoyer

After graduation from Notre Dame High School, Moylan, Pennsylvania and two years of college, Sr. Elizabeth (Betty) Smoyer entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on September 11, 1966. On completion of her undergraduate studies in Music Education, Sr. Betty returned to Notre Dame High School where she taught music and religion for nine years. She continued graduate studies in Music Education. After a year of Parish Social Ministry at Holy Child Parish in Philadelphia, Sr. Betty assumed a position as a Campus Minister at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 1981. As a member of the Campus Ministry Team, she led the college’s Liturgical Music Program establishing liturgical and hand bell choirs and training a variety of other liturgical musicians. While there, she completed graduate studies in Theology with a focus on Liturgical Studies at nearby University of Notre Dame. She “retired” from Saint Mary’s in June of 2009. During her sabbatical year, Sr. Betty began ministering part time at St. Margaret’s House in South Bend, Indiana, a day center for women and children living in poverty. She now ministers there full time in the roles of Guest Services Worker, Kitchen Manager and Assistant to the Director of Volunteers.

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