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A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame

December 12, 2012Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame John Cavadini presents Pope Benedict XVI with a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame.

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him Friday (Dec. 7) in Rome.

The festschrift, “Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI,” edited by Cavadini and forthcoming next month from the University of Notre Dame Press, grew from a conference sponsored by ICL in March to mark Pope Benedict’s 85th birthday. Read More

Archbishop ViganĂ², Vatican ambassador to the U.S., to speak at Notre Dame conference on martyrdom

November 01, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ² Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, will speak on religious freedom and the persecution of Christians at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

Archbishop Vigano’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is the keynote address for the conference “Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today’s Christian Martyrs,” sponsored by the Institute for Church Life Nov. 4-6. Read More

Notre Dame Vision mentors: Leaven in the world

October 01, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Vision

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Since it was established by the Institute for Church Life (ICL) in 2002, the Notre Dame Vision program has brought more than 10,000 high school students to the University’s campus for week-long summer sessions of prayer, theological reflection, and celebration of their vocations as members of the Catholic Church.

One of the most conspicuous instances of the University’s service to the Church, Notre Dame Vision owes much of its success to the work of its “mentors in faith,” the 65 Notre Dame undergraduate students who lead the high schoolers in the program’s reflections, discussions and liturgies. The undergraduate mentors, who prepare for their work in special theology courses, pastoral formation workshops and small retreats, are themselves a feature of Notre Dame Vision’s success. Read More

Notre Dame Echo program graduates honored at Mass

July 31, 2012Jenny Monahan

Echo Faith Formation seventh graduating class

A Mass of blessing and missioning for the seventh graduating class of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program was celebrated Saturday (July 28) in the Holy Cross Chapel of Stanford and Keenan residence halls.

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, emeritus archbishop of Galveston-Houston, presided at the Mass for the 12 members of the “Echo 7” cohort, who were joined by families and friends to celebrate their completion of requirements for master of arts degrees in theology while serving as catechetical apprentices in parishes nationwide. Read More

Institute for Church Life to host Seed of the Church conference

July 26, 2012Jenny Monahan

Institute for Church Life

The Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will host the upcoming Seed of the Church conference from Nov. 4-6. The event, to be held at McKenna Hall, is open to the public. Registration is now under way and is required for all participants. Conference registration is free.

Keynote speakers include Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and John L. Allen Jr., senior correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst at CNN. The conference will bring together bishops and lay experts from around the world — including Egypt, China, India and Pakistan — testifying to the landscape of Christian persecution in their respective contexts. Read More

Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates

April 30, 2012Shannon Chapla

Joyce and Dockweiler awards

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.

The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, but recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations.

Dockweiler Award winners are: Ramzi K. Bualuan, associate professional specialist, computer science and engineering; Joshua B. Kaplan, associate professional specialist, political science; and Holly E. Martin, assistant dean, First Year of Studies.

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations. Read More

Christian and Muslim scholars to meet at Notre Dame

April 17, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life

Scholars and believers from the Catholic and Islamic faiths will meet at the University of Notre Dame Thursday and Friday (April 19 and 20) to discuss and deepen the encounter of the Catholic Church and Islam.

Among the issues discussed in “The Church and Islam: An International Colloquium,” sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, will be Muslim views of the Bible, the church and the saints; Christian views of the Quran and Islamic teachings on Muhammad; and the roles of conflict, reconciliation and healing in Christian-Muslim relations. Read More

A new consideration of human dignity

February 27, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life

Philip Sloan, professor emeritus in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies, is speaking to a lecture hall full of undergraduate students about what it means to be a human being and what that means for the sciences.

A philosopher and historian of science, Sloan emphasizes that the concept of human dignity, the insistence that a human being is literally invaluable, is not only central to the social teaching of Roman Catholicism, but emerges from a philosophical tradition with ancient and pre-Christian Greek and Roman roots. It is a concern not only of the church, but of the United Nations, whose Millennium Declaration acknowledges “a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.” Read More

A new journal for the New Evangelization

February 21, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization

The “New Evangelization” of the Catholic Church, a term often used by Blessed Pope John Paul II to describe and inspire efforts to reawaken the faith in nominally Christian parts of the world, was used again last week in Rome by the newly created Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, in an address to his new colleagues.

At the University of Notre Dame, a new online publication, “Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization” is intended both to celebrate and invigorate Catholic life and mission by exploring aspects of its theology, liturgy, teaching, community and prayer. Read More

Conference offers contemporary stories of holiness

February 01, 2012Michael O. Garvey

Stories of Practical Holiness: An Exercise in Interreligious Understanding

A conference at the University of Notre Dame next week (Feb. 5 to 8) will bring together Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and Buddhists for four days to tell the stories of particularly admirable men and women from their respective faiths and traditions.

Stories of Practical Holiness: An Exercise in Interreligious Understanding,” convened by the Institute for Church Life (ICL), will include accounts of martyred Trappist monks; of the asceticism and enlightenment of Dharma masters, Buddhist nuns and Sikh luminaries; of reconciling Israeli Jews and dispossessed Palestinians; and of a contemporary Muslim religious healer. Read More