Rev. Jenkins: Pope Francis calls Americans to 'live up to the highest ideals of our nation'

Author: Brittany Collins

During his historic visit to the United States, on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to members of Congress and an audience that included Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to greet Pope Francis at the White House, said that the pontiff called on Americans to challenge themselves to live up to their ideals. Read More

Saturdays With the Saints: A foretaste of eternity on game day

Author: Michael O. Garvey

As is true of any great festival, a University of Notre Dame home football game weekend is much more than its central event. The roughly 61,000 people who travel to the University’s campus for each home game can expect to attend a splendid and storied athletic contest, but they can also expect a unique experience that blends merry-making, feasting, community and even worship.

For six years, one of these peripheral game-day offerings, “Saturdays With the Saints,” has attracted increasing numbers of enthusiastic participants and now seems sure to become as indispensable a feature of a football weekend as the marching band’s pre-game departure from the steps of the Main Building. Read More

Three Questions with Theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran Scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include Foundations of Theology, Islam and Christian Theology, The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible, The Holy Land, and Islamic Origins. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary. Read More

Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago. Read More

Theologian Gary Knoppers Interviewed on the Origins of an International Judaism

Author: Todd Boruff


“Different texts speak with different voices. Paying attention to these differences between different writings really helps to illumine the history of early Judaism,” said Gary Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Knoppers, whose research focuses on ancient Israelite history, is currently writing commentaries of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings, Biblical texts authored during the Babylonian exile. Read More

Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley


Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal. Read More

Theologians Expect Pope’s Encyclical to Shine ‘Holy Light’ on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Sii,” has elicited indecorous responses, including questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at the University of Notre Dame, however, insist that it precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say. Read More

Department Administrator Honored by College of Arts and Letters

Author: Emily Hammock

Melody Kesler, department administrator, has been awarded the 2015 Inside Award from the College of Arts and Letters. This award, given annually by the College to one exemplary staff member, recognizes communication, collaboration, and innovation in service to the College. Award recipients are nominated by another member of the College staff and are selected by a committee organized by the Dean's Office. Melody was recognized at the annual College of Arts and Letters staff luncheon May 21. Congratulations, Melody! Read More