Who We Are

President's Message

Welcome to a truly unique school. A place intellectually, physically, and spiritually as rich as the Canadian soil on which it stands. A school living a mission devoted to nurturing and empowering young adults, female and male, to find their path through life and faith to become productive, contributing leading members of their communities. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame’s motto is “Struggle and Emerge,” and there is no more apt preparation for a life in the 21st century.
Father Athol Père Murray came to Wilcox to realize a vision of education as a way to transform the lives of boys and girls and, in doing so, to transform the communities from which they came and to which they will go. For over a century, lives and communities have been transformed by Notre Dame Hounds. What we strive to do was articulated by Père Murray in his description of 'The Notre Dame Hound':
The world today is looking for men and women,
Who are not for sale
Who are honest, sound from centre to circumference, true to the heart's core
With consciences as steady as the needle to the pole
Who will stand for the right if the heavens totter and the earth reels
Who can tell the truth and look the world right in the eye
Who neither brag nor run
Who neither flag nor flinch

Who can have courage without shouting it
In whom the courage of everlasting life runs still, deep and strong
Who know their message and tell it
Who know their place and fill it
Who know their business and attend to it
Who will not lie, shirk or dodge
Who are not too lazy to work, nor too proud to be poor
Who are willing to eat what they have earned and wear what they have paid for
Who are not ashamed to say "No" with emphasis

God is looking for them. He wants those who can unite together around a common faith - who can join hands in a common task - and who have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. God give us such as them.

Not only will they be better prepared to fulfil their duties as citizens, they should make better friends, better husbands and fathers, better wives and mothers because free people do. They will, in short, be better prepared to live, and when their hour comes, they will know better how to die because free people do.
The faith Père Murray refers to is an inclusive, ecumenical faith tradition rooted in our Catholic heritage but embracing of all faith traditions and individual spiritual journeys.
This is who we are and this is why we join together as a community dedicated to transforming lives and creating paths to successful, fulfilling, and purposeful lives for our graduates.

To live such a noble and uplifting mission and vision for a better tomorrow is why I am a part of the Notre Dame family.

If you too value the future, believe in the power of education to ground a successful life, and want to provide your son or daughter the opportunity to become someone who lives a life of virtue, of character, and of service, then you too will find that Notre Dame College is the right place for your daughter or son.
Charlie Skipper, PhD
President, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame ·

P.O. Box 100 Wilcox · SK, Canada S0G 5E0
Phone: 306-732-2080 · Fax: 306-732-4408 (Confidential) · Email: info@notredame.ca