Crèches from around the World

Creches from around the World




"The month of the Holy Infancy brings us in close contact with the Crib; Bethlehem is becoming daily more and more a delightful rendezvous to our faithful souls - a House of Bread in which every want of our eager and panting hearts is satisfied. Each time we approach it, in silence and in faith, we find in it the Divine Babe lying in the Manger, stretching out to us his loving little hands, soliciting our love and, as it were, saying with an accent of heavenly sweetness which none can resist: 'Amen, I say to you, unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdon of heaven. ...' Here is what fastens us to the mysterius Crib." 
~ Edward Sorin, C.S.C. Octave of the Epiphany, January 13, 1882







November 19, 2014 – January 31, 2015, the Institute for Church Life invites the Notre Dame and South Bend communities to enjoy a display of thirty crèches from around the world, on loan from the Marian Library International Crèche Collection at the University of Dayton. The Nativities from Asia, Africa, South America, and France will be on display at five different locations around campus: Eck Visitors Center, the Morris Inn, McKenna Hall, the Main Building, and the Hesburgh Library. A self-guided tour booklet will be available at all locations. Click here for a pdf. of the booklet.

PLEASE NOTE: During the Christmas break, the Eck Visitors Center, the Main Building, and McKenna Hall will be closed from December 24 - January 5, 2015. The Morris Inn will remain opened; the Hesburgh Library will be closed on the following days: December 24, 25 and 26 and then December 31 and January 1, 2015.

Times and access to buildings:

Morris Inn- While the hotel is open
Eck Visitors Center - M- F: 8-5; Sat & Sun: noon -4. The Eck Visitors Center is closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas break
McKenna Hall (Second floor): M-F, 8-5 pm; there is elevator access. Closed weekends and during Thanksgiving and Christmas break
Hesburgh Library: Open  except for days listed above
Main Building (Second floor): M-F, 8-5, Sat. & Sun. 8-5; there is elevator access. Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks

The exhibit will open on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center auditorium with a lecture by Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. entitled, “The Crèche: A Celebration of Christmas and Culture.”








On December 7 at 2:30 p.m., guests are invited to make a guided pilgrimage by visiting  the exhibit locations along Notre Dame Avenue. Pilgrims will gather at 2:30 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center and will be joined by the Notre Dame Glee Club and Children’s Choir along the way. Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. will welcome pilgrims to the Main Building and offer a brief reflection. Refreshments will be served.

The lecture and pilgrimage are both free and open to the public. For further information, please contact or call 574.631.9195