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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

Father Jenkins, Dean McGreevy reflect on 50th anniversary of Land O'Lakes Statement and the future of Catholic higher education

Author: Amanda Skofstad

In his opening remarks for “Land O’Lakes and Its Legacy,” on September 5, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., suggested that among the essential activities of a university is to engage in discussion and debate about what its proper activities are. The examination included a lecture and panel discussion with four other Catholic university presidents in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the drafting and signing of the Land O’Lakes Statement. Arts and Letters Dean John T. McGreevy opened the event with a talk on the historical contexts of Land O’Lakes. He pointed to the impact of Vatican II, shifts in university and faculty governance, and a more global Church as essential backdrops for understanding the intentions of Land O’Lakes. Read More