The John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics at the University of Notre Dame began in 1983 with a generous gift from John S. and Virginia Marten of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. and Mrs. Marten took a special interest in Sunday homilies and the way that they impacted their children, friends, and fellow parishioners. From that hunger for effective preaching, they took the initiative to support the training of preachers. The Martens had already founded a Marten Program at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, one of the largest Catholic seminaries in the United States.
Fr. John Allyn Melloh, S.M. was the founding director of the Notre Dame Marten Program. He retired from the faculty in 2008. Fr. Michael E. Connors, C.S.C. has been the director of the program since 2010. Dr. Karla J. Bellinger came on board as the Associate Director in 2015.
Virginia Marten and her family have remained vitally interested in the Marten Program. We are grateful for their ongoing support!
Pictured at the National Festival of Young Preachers (from left): Fr. Mike Connors CSC; MDiv students Mike Urbaniak, Dennis Strach CSC, Chase Pepper CSC; Mrs. Virginia Marten; MDiv student Mary Beth Ashley May; Jim Marten.