International crèche exhibit and pilgrimage returns to Notre Dame campus

Author: Brett Robinson

Christmas nativity scenes recreated by cultures from around the world are on display in six Notre Dame campus buildings through Jan. 31, 2017. The third annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage features 30 crèches on loan from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. The exhibit is sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Read More

Theology professor uses NEH fellowship to research Qur’an’s portrayal of God’s vengeance and mercy

Author: Josh Weinhold

The Qur’an describes God as a god of mercy. The Qur’an describes God as a god of vengeance. Are those qualities mutually exclusive? Gabriel Said Reynolds doesn’t think so. The Notre Dame professor of Islamic studies and theology is using a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the idea. He’s spending a year researching the way the Muslim holy text juxtaposes narratives of God’s destruction with declarations of God’s compassion. Read More

Theology major Jake Grefenstette ’16 spending year in Beijing through prestigious Yenching Scholar program

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars. Read More

Life Lunch Series

Author: Deanna Menke

Be sure to join the Institute for Church Life for its lunchtime speaker series in Geddes Hall this semester.

Life Lunch

Thu Sep 8, 2016, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
300 Geddes Hall

Join theology professor Ann Astell for the first in our three-part series on life issues. Professor Astell will present "Haunting Texts: Abortion in Poetry," and explore how four prominent female poets have written about abortion. Lunch is provided. Please register here.

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Evening prayer hosted in Geddes Hall for Notre Dame community

Author: Deanna Menke

Vespers will be held once a month during the academic year in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel located in Geddes Hall. Hosted by the Institute for Church Life, the 30-minute evening prayer service includes liturgical music, Scripture and a brief reflection by members of the university community.

The dates for Vespers in Geddes Hall during the fall semester are August 24, September 21, October 12 and November 30. The service begins at 5:15 p.m. Read More

Saturdays with the Saints 2016

Author: Deanna Menke

The seventh annual “Saturdays with the Saints” lecture series sponsored by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will feature seven saints whose lives give witness to the mercy of God.

The lectures will be held on Saturdays of home Notre Dame football games combining the university’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited football game days. Notre Dame theology faculty and staff will deliver dynamic lectures on saints chosen this year to coincide with the global Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. Read More

Video: Theology Professor Khaled Anatolios on Studying the Origins of Christian Doctrines

Author: Todd Boruff

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“I tend to gravitate towards doctrines that seem inexplicable, and I try to understand what motivated the early Christians to formulate these doctrines in just these ways,” said Khaled Anatolios, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Anatolios specializes in the theology of the early Church. As a Byzantine Catholic priest, he has a special interest in the doctrines of the Greek fathers as well as complementary ideas between the Eastern and Western traditions. His current research focuses on the doctrine of salvation, particularly the disconnect between classical sources and modern experience. Read More

Theology Professor Honored For Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and two have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. Read More