New Book Celebrates Notre Dame’s Campus Chapels

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Chapels of Notre Dame, by Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, and Matt Cashore, senior university photographer at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by University of Notre Dame Press.

The book features a collection of some 200 full-color photographs taken by Cashore interspersed with Cunningham’s commentary on the theological, artistic, architectural, and historic dimensions of the 57 chapels embedded throughout Notre Dame’s campus. Ranging in focus from the storied Log Chapel on the south bank of St. Mary’s Lake, where Mass has been celebrated since 1831, to the sparsely adorned Flanner Hall chapel on that building’s second floor, where students and staff members often spend a few moments in quiet prayer, it provides a unique and intimate glimpse of faith as it is lived at Notre Dame.

“This beautiful book illustrates many of those places on our campus where the faith is performed in its formal worship as well as in its informal prayers and devotions,” says Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “The chapels on the campus of Notre Dame are a visible testimony to our common Catholic faith; a lasting reminder of the generosity of our many benefactors; and an iconic tribute of that beauty coming from human hands as a reflection of the source of all beauty—God.”

The website selected The Chapels of Notre Dame as its August book club selection.

A book launch and signing for The Chapels of Notre Dame will be held September 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of Notre Dame’s Eck Visitor Center. The event is being sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President, the Department of Theology, and the University of Notre Dame Press and will include remarks by Cunningham and Notre Dame’s executive vice president, John Affleck-Graves.

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