A Sister connecting hearts


Sister Noe educates Middle School students on Sacred Heart’s sister school in Uganda. Courtesy of cshgreenwich.org

Sister Noellina Namusisi, Religious of the Sacred Heart traveled across the globe from Uganda to Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich to spread awareness and garner support for a Sacred Heart sister school in Uganda October 25 through 27.
Sister Noe was the headmistress of the Kulungu Secondary School in Uganda for 11 years. As head of the school, she was responsible for the wellbeing of students, public relations, raising funds, and establishing connections between teachers, students, and parents.
Sister Noe credits her aspirations to work in children’s education to her parents. She values the opportunities she had as a child to hold responsibilities in her household. She also appreciated the encouragement she received from her family and peers. Sister Noe believes that this kind of acceptance helps promote the growth of the students at Sacred Heart’s sister school in Uganda.
As headmistress, Sister Noe motivated her students to learn and reach their goals by emboldening them to execute hard work and to be leaders in the school. She also focused on transforming the school into asecond home for the students.
“Part of what I was doing was helping to heal,” Sister Noe said. “Many people come from broken homes. I helped to make the school home. You have the school environment and you build community to help them feel at home.”
During Sister Noe’s excursion to America, she visited a total of 10 Sacred Heart schools and thanked the students and teachers for their donations and their support for girls’ education in Uganda.

Sister Noe participates in a Middle School chapel. Courtesy of Mrs. Lori Wilson
Sister Noe participates in a Middle School chapel.
Courtesy of Mrs. Lori Wilson

After visiting a variety of Sacred Heart schools in North America, she has noticed a similar uplifting spirit in all of the schools. She also noticed the same application of the Goals and Criteria, specifically Goal 3–a social awareness which impels to action.
While at Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Sister Noe participated in the Upper School’s morning meeting where she inspired students by sharing what student life is like in Uganda and stressing the importance of girls being educated in a stable environment.
Additionally, Sister Noe took part in the Upper School’s annual Mother-Daughter Liturgy by accompanying cantors seniors Nebai Hernandez, Eva Carrasquero, Lydia Currie, and Brooke Remsen and guitarists juniors Delia Hughes and Deah Dushyanth on the drums. She also spoke at a Middle School chapel and visited Middle School theology classes to inform students about education. Furthermore, Sister Noe took advantage of her time, talking with the members of the Barat Foundation, a philanthropy group that gives funds to charities, to emphasize their importance in building leadership skills.
Sister Noe rehearses playing the drums with Upper School students in preparation for the Mother-Daughter Liturgy. Courtesy of cshgreenwich.org
Sister Noe rehearses playing the drums with Upper School students in preparation for the Mother-Daughter Liturgy.
Courtesy of cshgreenwich.org

Sister Noe found similar philosophies and ideals that both Sacred Heart in Greenwich and the Kulungu School in Uganda hold. She thought that both institutions advocate and instill the right values in the students and cultivate strong leaders that are responsible for upholding society’s future.
“We are trying to prepare our girls to face the world of tomorrow,” Sister Noe said. “We are trying to make a difference.
Sister Noe strongly believes that educating children is important because a country cannot evolve without informed and prepared leaders.
“It is the only future and hope for any country to develop,” Sister Noe said. “It cannot develop without education. Without education, the conditions would remain the same. With education, life will change.”
Director of Campus Ministry, Upper School Community Service and Summer Enrichment Mrs. Lori Wilson believes Sister Noe sets an example for both students and teachers in the Sacred Heart Network.
“Sr. Noe is a role model for me and for her students,” Mrs. Wilson said. “She loves others, works harder than most people, and truly wants to make the world a better place. She inspires me to be a better teacher, to care more for others, to work hard and to be my best. ”
– Morgan Johnson, Co-News Editor