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Land O’Lakes and its legacy: A lecture and panel on Catholic higher education

Author: Shane Ulbrich

Leaders of Catholic higher education became convinced in the late 1960s that the Catholic universities and colleges they oversaw had to change. Academic standards had to improve. Research needed a boost. But the traditions of Catholicism still had to be handed down to rising generations of the faithful. Read More

Video: William Mattison on virtue ethics, moral theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

Author: Todd Boruff

“What difference can faith make for morality when people today recognize that people of various or no faith can live a virtuous, honorable, moral life?” asked William Mattison, associate professor of theology in the College of Arts and Letters. Mattison is a Catholic moral theologian with particular interest in virtue. His latest book, The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology: A Virtue Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the approach to morality that Jesus presents in Chapters 5-7 of the Gospel of St. Matthew and compares it to conceptions of happiness found in the works of classical philosophers such as Cicero and Aristotle. Read More

New director appointed for Catholic initiatives in London

Author: NDI-News

Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C., a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, has been appointed director for Catholic initiatives and outreach at the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway by Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. Read More

Opening and Blessing of the Villa in Rome

Author: Costanza Montanari

Light pink walls, an original “nasone” fountain, a beautiful garden with wood benches, 21 suite bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining area, laundry room, student activity center, and a roof top terrace are only a part of the newly restored Villa, the student residential space just two blocks away from the Rome Global Gateway, on the Celio Hill in Rome. Read More

Justin Bartkus, Inaugural Rector of the Villa at Rome Global Gateway

Author: Costanza Montanari

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Justin is from South Bend and he received his Bachelor’s degree with a major in theology and a minor in peace studies in 2010. After getting a master’s degree in theological studies from Notre Dame, Justin taught high school theology and guided retreats for two fantastic years at Benet Academy, a prep school near Chicago. In July 2017, Justin agreed to become the rector of the Notre Dame Villa in Rome, which houses undergraduates studying abroad here. Among his responsibilities are establishing a ministry of presence among all Notre Dame undergraduates studying in Rome, nurturing the growth of Christian faith and community among them, and designing events that provide for the spiritual, social, and academic needs of students at the Villa. Read More

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology | William C. Mattison III

Author: Allison Collins

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In this volume, William C. Mattison, III demonstrates that virtue ethics provides a helpful key for unlocking the moral wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount. Showing how familiar texts such as the Beatitudes and Petitions of the Lord's Prayer are more richly understood, and can even be aligned with the theological and cardinal virtues, he also locates in the Sermon classic topics in morality, such as the nature of happiness, intentionality, the intelligibility of human action, and the development of virtue. Yet far from merely placing the teaching of Aristotle in the mouth of Jesus, he demonstrates how the Sermon presents an account of happiness and virtue transformed in the light of Christian faith. The happiness portrayed is that of the Kingdom of heaven, and the habits needed to participate in it in the next life, but even initially in this one, are possible only by God's grace through Jesus Christ, and lived in the community that is the Church. Read More