About the Program
Fr. Pete McCormick, CSC, preaches a Sunday night residence hall Mass at Notre Dame.
The John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics began in 1983 with a generous gift from John S. and Virginia Marten of Indianapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Marten took a special interest in the Sunday homilies they heard over the years at their parish, and wanted to do something to support the training of future preachers. They had already founded a Marten Program at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, one of the largest Catholic seminaries in the United States. The founding director of the Notre Dame Marten Program was Fr. John Allyn Melloh, S.M., who retired from the faculty in 2008.
Since John Marten's untimely death in 1985, Virginia Marten and her family have remained vitally interested in and supportive of the Marten Program. We remain deeply indebted to their support and foresight.
Over the years, the Marten Program has sponsored Preaching and Liturgical Celebration courses in the Master of Divinity Program, along with various workshops, guest lectureships and conferences. An annual event is the Marten Lecture in Homiletics.
The Marten Program delegation to the 2014 National Festival of Young Preachers, Fr. Mike Connors CSC; Mike Urbaniak MDiv '14; Dennis Strach CSC, MDiv '15; Chase Pepper CSC, MDiv '14; Mrs. Virginia Marten; Mary Beth Ashley May, MDiv '14; Jim Marten.
The Marten Program has collaborated with a number of offices and entities both on and off campus. Locally these include the Notre Dame Department of Theology, the Institute for Church Life, the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Campus Ministry, and the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. National partners have included the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Coalition on Preaching, the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, Societas Liturgica, the North American Academy of Liturgy, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and others.
The Program aspires to expand the reach of its services to the Church, and especially to preachers.