Beginning on June 1, 2015, Professors Gary Anderson and John Cavadini will lead a MOOC - a massive, open, online class that is available to anyone with an internet connection. Their course, titled "Jesus in Scripture and Tradition," will introduce students to a theological way of reading the Christian Bible. By exploring three interrelated questions: Who is Israel, Who is Jesus and Who is the Church we hope to provide the student with means of contemplating the identity of Jesus Christ as he has been understood in the Christian tradition. As the questions suggest, the identity of Jesus Christ is inseparable from the mystery of Israel and that of the Church. To ponder one is to ponder all three. Read More
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (March 16) that the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum, Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have resonance today. The forum will highlight the Declaration on Non-Christian Religions (Nostra aetate), the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis humanae) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes). Read More
The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has launched a new online adult faith formation program for Hispanic Catholics.
Rev. Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Jan. 25) after a long illness. He was 78. “Father McBrien was a leading theologian and commentator on the Catholic Church,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul.” Read More
Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology, and Agustín Fuentes, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, have been awarded a $1.78 million grant by the John Templeton Foundation. This grant, which begins in March 2015 and lasts for three years, is to promote literacy in evolutionary anthropology among theologians and to advance research at the interface of theology and anthropology. The project builds on and expands a current smaller interdisciplinary project directed by Deane-Drummond and Fuentes on the evolution of wisdom Read More
The Catholic Church in Africa is growing at an annual rate of over 3 percent. Given the largely Eurocentric nature of moral theology in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, what will it take to invest the theological community in the history and moral challenges of the Church in other parts of the world, especially Africa? What is to be gained for the whole Church when this happens in a deep and lasting way? These are some of the questions Notre Dame Associate Professor Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, C.S.Sp., explores in his latest work, Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations. Read More
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
Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be awarded the John Cardinal Wright Prize by the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 27. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1996, Father Daley, a Jesuit priest, is an internationally renowned scholar of the writings, sayings, and lives of the earliest Christians. Read More