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Notre Dame theology chair John Cavadini appointed Vatican advisor

December 16, 2009Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini and Pope Benedict XVI

John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, has been appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Benedict XVI. The International Theological Commission consists of some 30 theologians from around the world. An advising body to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, its members are personally appointed by the pope, who reviews their credentials himself. Read More

Notre Dame theologian John Cavadini receives high papal honor

November 19, 2009Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini

John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of the theology department and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great.

Cavadini received the papal honor at the request of Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who praised Cavadini “for his study of Catholic theology, his recruiting of outstanding theologians for the theology faculty at Notre Dame, and his assistance to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

Established in 1831, the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great honors its recipients for service to the church, support of the Holy See, and for witnessing to the Catholic faith in their country and communities. Read More

Newly opened Geddes Hall integrates theology, sustainability

September 11, 2009William Schmitt

Geddes Hall

The University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall is coming to life.

The staff of the University’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) moved into the newly constructed building this summer, and will be joined by other units of the Institute for Church Life (ICL)—the Center for Catechetical Initiatives, the Church Music Initiative, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame Vision and the Satellite Theological Education Program—and others dedicated to educating the mind and the heart.

University leaders believe the 64,000-square-foot structure sends powerful messages to the Notre Dame family, connecting the organizations inside more broadly with the University and its mission.

After four decades of existence, it’s the first time the activities of the ICL will be under one roof. These entities are also coming together in the first Notre Dame building that can be called “green”—designed to meet national certification standards combining environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. Read More