The Chesapeake Province came into being after a period of experimentation with governmental structures in the Maryland Province. On April 8, 1990, the General Government Group gave approval for this new structure.
The sisters of Chesapeake chose the name of their province after the Chesapeake Bay: a major river flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and crossing many of the States where the sisters serve. Chesapeake is a multi-faceted symbol, rich in meaning, representing several aspects of life in Notre Dame: diversity, survival through ebbs and tides, interdependence, tradition, a common mission and a steady flow into the future.
The sisters are involved in formal education, religious education, pastoral ministries, human services and community development.