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Notre Dame Hosts Conference for Executives in Catholic Higher Education

November 21, 2011Jenny Monahan

Presidents and trustees of 14 Catholic institutions of higher learning met last week (Nov. 6 to 8) at the University of Notre Dame for a three-day conference on the maintenance and strengthening of their Catholic identity. Read More

Mass changes have liturgists scurrying to craft new music

November 17, 2011Jenny Monahan

National Catholic Reporter


Nov. 17, 2011

Singers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., perform July 18. (CNS photo/Marnie McAllister, The Record)
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Painting an evangelical icon

September 28, 2011Michael O. Garvey

John Cavadini

John C. Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL), was recently in Washington speaking to a symposium of young Catholic theologians about how to teach the faith.

The meeting, “Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization,” was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and intended to deepen and strengthen their relationship with a new generation of America’s Catholic teachers, and most of the 54 as-yet untenured theologians in attendance had received their doctoral degrees within the last five years. Read More

Saturdays with the Saints

September 07, 2011Jenny Monahan

Fall, 2011, is the Season for Saints! In October, we will celebrate the feast days of St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi, and the anniversary of the canonization of Edith Stein. In November, the month of all saints, we will honor the recent beatification of Blessed John Paul II. Read More

ND Vision: A summer camp of faith

July 15, 2011Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame Vision

Of the variously themed summer camps on the Notre Dame campus this summer, the most conspicuous are the athletic camps, whose football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball players swarm Notre Dame’s playing fields and gymnasiums hoping to increase their strength and sharpen their prowess. But there also are other camps, devoted to other worthy adolescent ambitions.

One such is Notre Dame Vision, a program of the University’s Institute for Church Life, which this summer celebrates two milestones, its 10th anniversary and the enrollment of its 10,000th participant, Jeff Koberstein, a high school senior from Princeton, Ind. Read More

The STEP Program: Theology online

June 30, 2011Michael O. Garvey

Satellite Theological Education Program

Thomas C. Cummings teaches theology and likes to quote Karl Rahner’s remark that “the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” He also likes to round out the quote by adding that Rahner didn’t consider mysticism some exotic spiritual phenomenon but “a genuine experience of God emerging from the very heart of our existence.”

“That’s what I love about all this,” Cummings said, ready with another quotation, this one from the 11th century theologian, St. Anselm. “It really is ‘faith seeking understanding,’ and it’s having a significant and benevolent influence in the life of the Church and in evangelization throughout the country.” Read More