What is The 1804 Society?

The 1804 Society is a mission and leadership student organization at Emmanuel College. The society, named in honor of the founding year of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by St. Julie Billiart, continues the tradition of mission at Emmanuel through a deeper understanding of the SNDs, the College history and Emmanuel’s Catholic identity. In turn, the students act as ambassadors for the college at annual traditions and celebrations.

Our organization is build around Six values. They are:


As members of the Emmanuel family, one of the values of the 1804 Society is creating a welcoming community. We value relationships and want to make sure that every member of our Emmanuel community feels like they are a valued part of something bigger than themselves.


St. Julie Billiart said that education is the greatest work on earth. Education is so incredibly empowering and provides people with the tools to build a better world for themselves and others. As an organization, we value our Emmanuel education and know we can use our education to transform our own communities and the lives of others.


St Julie Billiart said ‘How God is the Good God is, why can’t we proclaim it to the whole world?’ In the 1804 Society, we try to look for the good and go about doing good. Seeking goodness in other people makes us proud to be members of the Emmanuel College community.


In the 1804 Society, we learn about the Sisters of Notre Dame and their humble acts of Servant leadership. We develop our own skills so we can be leading contributors to our local and global society.


The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur serve on 5 different continents. Service is deeply embedded in the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We continue the culture of service at Emmanuel through creating partnerships with local SND organizations and participating in community service.


Through the 1804 Society, we continue the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by living out their mission. Built upon a strong foundation establish in 1804, we continue in age-old traditions on campus and beyond.

The 1804 Society has become an organization of students who embody the mission of Emmanuel and the spirit of St. Julie Billiart. The society is made up of over 40 students who represent different majors, organizations, backgrounds but they all share one thing in common…the mission!


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