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Notre Dame’s crèche pilgrimage: Celebrating life’s most intimate moment

December 02, 2014Michael O. Garvey


When the University of Notre Dame’s Crèche Pilgrimage begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 7) in the Eck Visitors Center, those on hand to visit, view and pray at some 30 Nativity scenes on exhibit throughout the campus will be participating in a Christmas tradition as ancient as it is universal.

“Mary is the most ‘inculturated’ person in the Church,” said John Cavadini, professor of theology and director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL). “Nowhere is this more evident than in the depiction of the Nativity of the Lord as interpreted by people of the various cultures of the world who have embraced this mystery in their heart. In these crèches, we are at once invited into one of the most intimate moments in a family’s life, the welcoming of a newborn child, and in contemplating this scene, we are invited into what Christian faith believes to be the most intimate moment between God and creation, the Incarnation.” Read More

Notre Dame sociologists explore the paradox of generosity

October 09, 2014Michael O. Garvey

"The Paradox of Generosity" by Christian Smith

For most religious believers, it is an article of faith that it is more blessed to give than to receive. For at least two University of Notre Dame sociologists, it is an article of fact as well.

In their recently published book, “The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose,” Christian Smith, Notre Dame’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, and sociology doctoral candidate Hilary Davidson provide empirical evidence in support of the biblical admonition. According to their analysis of measurable data, people who are generous with their money, time and associations are happier, healthier and more resilient than their less generous counterparts. Read More

Martin Horn, director of New York State Sentencing Commission, to lecture on prison reform and human dignity

September 29, 2014Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life

Martin F. Horn, executive director of the New York State Sentencing Commission and Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College of City University of New York, will give a lecture titled “Prison Reform: Problematic Necessity” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 (Wednesday) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall Auditorium. Read More

Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

September 09, 2014William G. Gilroy

Indianapolis Shamrock Series 2014

University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public. Read More

Notre Dame Vision, modeling a 'life of faith in progress for teens'

July 29, 2014Valerie McCance

ND Vision Logo




Notre Dame Vision's highly successful program for high-shool students was featured in Faith & Leadership Read More

Saturdays with the Saints 2014

July 21, 2014Valerie McCance

Saturdays with the Saints“Thank God for the saints whose feast days come around and remind us that we too are called to be saints.” (Dorothy Day, “On Pilgrimage-October 1949.” The Catholic Worker, October 1949.


The Institute for Church Life hosts its fifth annual series, Saturdays with the Saints Read More

2014 Summer Spirituality Series: Celebrating Mary Today

July 09, 2014Valerie McCance

Celebrating Mary Today

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy (NDCL) is hosting its annual Summer Spirituality Series. The focus this year is Marian theology and spirituality and will be guided by Sr. Danielle Peters, a post-doctoral fellow of the Institute for Church Life, and Katherine Mahon, a graduate student in the Department of Theology. The series of talks will take place in Geddes Hall, Room 320; all are welcome. The schedule is as follows:
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Pope Benedict Emeritus book receives award

July 02, 2014Valerie McCance

Benedict book

Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, published in 2012 and edited by John C. Cavadini, Director of the Institute for Church Life, received the Bronze Award in the Religion category from the 2013 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award. The book was the result of a conference held at Notre Dame in 2012, God is Love: Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI Read More

Notre Dame’s Echo program: Ten years of 'giving Jesus a good name'

June 27, 2014Michael O. Garvey

Institute for Church Life Echo program

The University of Notre Dame’s Echo program will mark its 10th anniversary this weekend with a campus reunion of its graduates, a dinner and a Mass celebrated by Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C., rector of Dillon Hall, who once quipped of Echo’s graduates, “These people give Jesus a good name.” Read More

Symposium: Pastoral Issues in Science and Human Dignity

February 15, 2014Valerie McCance

Professor John C. Cavadini; Donald Cardinal Wuerl; Marc Cardinal Ouellet; Rev. John I. Jenksins, C.S.C.; Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

This past week, February 12-14, 2014, the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine, sponsored a symposium for Bishops from across the United States and their delegates. The fifth in a series of biennially co-sponsored conferences between the Institute for Church Life, and the Committee on Doctrine of the USCCB, the symposium, titled Pastoral Issues in Science and Human Dignity Read More

ND Experts: Pope Francis and the new cardinals

January 14, 2014Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini

On Sunday (Jan. 12), when Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men he will soon make cardinals, he also gave some University of Notre Dame theologians an inkling of his vision of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Benedict represented a ‘back to basics’ move theologically, and Francis interprets and represents the same move pastorally,” according to John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. Read More