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Notre Dame Launches Doctor of Musical Arts Program

Author: Joanna Basile

Sacred music is foundational to many of the world’s artistic traditions, and this is especially so when it comes to Western music. It is also an artistic—and academic—area that continues to grow and develop. To celebrate and promote this diverse and vibrant art form, the University of Notre Dame is launching a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program with majors in organ and choral conducting, beginning in fall 2013. Read More

Retirement Celebration: Gene Ulrich and Paul Bradshaw

Author: Emily Hammock

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Notre Dame Theology Department honored the careers of retiring professors Gene Ulrich and Paul Bradshaw with a reception in the Jordan Hall Reading Room. Professors Jim Vanderkam and Max Johnson introduced the honorees, who each spoke briefly on their remarkable careers. Ulrich and Bradshaw will both retire after the end of this semester but hope to return to Notre Dame for occasional lectures and events. The Theology Department wishes them the best of luck and happiness in their new endeavors! Read More

In Memoriam: Rev. Matthew Miceli, C.S.C., ND Theologian and Rector

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, C.S.C., associate professor emeritus of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died on Sunday, December 9, at Holy Cross House. He was 89. Father Miceli ’47, served as rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 1963 to 1990, and holds the University’s record as longest-serving rector of one residence hall. Seventeen children of Cavanaugh alumni have been named after him. Read More

Two Muslim female scholars to lecture at Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Two prominent Muslim intellectual women will give lectures this week as participants in the University of Notre Dame’s Quran Seminar, a yearlong project gathering scholars from around the world at Notre Dame to study the Quran.

Nayla Tabbara, director of cross-cultural studies for the Adyan Foundation, will speak on “The Quran and Muslim-Christian Relations” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Maryam Musharraf, associate professor of Persian language and literature at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran, will speak on “The Quran and Islamic Mysticism” at 5 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in Room 100-104 of McKenna Hall. Read More

A Memorable Reacquaintance in Rome: Pope Presents Prize to Notre Dame Theologian

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Some 40 years ago, Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, then a doctoral student at Oxford, met Rev. Joseph A. Ratzinger, then a professor of theology at the University of Regensburg, at an academic conference in Germany. Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI remembers their first meeting, Father Daley won’t soon forget their second. On Oct. 20, at a ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Benedict presented Father Daley with a 2012 Ratzinger Prize for Theology. Read More

Former president of Catholic Relief Services to speak on University role in promoting integral human development

Author: Elizabeth Rankin


Former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRSKen Hackett will deliver the lecture “How Can a University Promote Integral Human Development?” at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday). The talk, which will be held in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Following Hackett’s address, Raymond Offenheiser, a 1971 Notre Dame graduate and president of Oxfam America, another highly respected development and relief agency, will offer commentary. Read More

ND Expert: Liturgical manuscript from Beethoven raises questions

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The recent discovery of a previously unknown musical manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven provides a glimpse of the composer at work on a medieval hymn he would already have known quite well, according to Peter Jeffrey, Michael P. Grace II Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Beethoven’s manuscript was an arrangement of the Gregorian chant “Pange Lingua,” a hymn often sung in Catholic liturgies during Holy Week. “Why, in 1821, would Beethoven have written out a harmonization of ‘Pange Lingua,’ a medieval hymn about the Holy Eucharist for the feast of Corpus Christi? The hymn was certainly familiar to him from his childhood, and it’s relatively well-known even today." Read More

Father Jenkins to lead 'Rosary for Life' Oct. 9

Author: Notre Dame News


A “Rosary for Life” will be led by University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 9) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The rosary, which is open to the public, will include scripture passages and meditations read aloud by Notre Dame students, faculty and staff in an event hosted by the Office of University Life Initiatives in observance of Respect Life Month and in appeal for a greater respect for the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

“This is the third year that the Office for University Life Initiatives has held Notre Dame’s Rosary for Life,” said Mary Daly, program coordinator for the office. “The Rosary is a beautiful prayer to Our Lady, who is the patroness of our University, and we are asking that she continue to guide us as we work to promote the sanctity of all human life.” Read More

Sacred Music at Notre Dame Receives Mellon Grant

Author: Joanna Basile

With a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame announces the launch of the Sacred Music Drama Project, a four-year, cross-disciplinary initiative designed to engage people more deeply with the power of shared creativity, performance, and scholarship. The project will draw on humanistic, artistic, and sacred topics from a variety of musical traditions to develop new coursework and to stage the production of a major dramatic performance each year. The Mellon grant will also bring both eminent and emerging guest artists to campus and will fund the commission of a new work of sacred music drama at the end of the project. Read More

Theology Faculty Recognized at ND Bookstore

Author: Emily Hammock


The ND bookstore produces a monthly newsletter that spotlights recent releases of interest to the Campus Community.  The October newsletter puts the spotlight on the Theology Department and the faculty's most recently published books. The newsletter was released on October 1 and coincides with a display of the featured books in the front of the store. Please visit the bookstore to pick up these new and exciting titles!

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Authentic or Not, Jesus’ Wife Papyrus Sheds Light on Diversity of Opinion in the Early Church

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Whether or not it is authenticated, the recent discovery of a purported fourth-century papyrus fragment that quotes Jesus as referring to his wife “has some important ramifications for how we think about the early church,” according to Candida Moss, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. “Even if the text is a modern forgery, it draws attention to a debate about the status of women and the marital status of Jesus himself that scholars know was ongoing in the early church," said Moss, who teaches courses in New Testament and Christian Origins. Read More

Rev. Brian Daley, S.J., to receive 'Nobel Prize' in theology from Pope Benedict

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology from Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony Oct. 20 in Rome.

The two winners of this year’s award, which has been nicknamed the “Nobel of Theology,” were announced this morning at a Vatican news conference. The other 2012 Ratzinger Prize will be awarded to French philosopher Remi Brague.

At this morning’s news conference, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Ratzinger Foundation’s academic committee, praised Father Daley as “a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel." Read More

ND Expert: Pope Benedict’s Lebanon visit has 'symbolic value'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Benedict XVI is in Beirut today, beginning a three-day visit to Lebanon and a Middle East region convulsed by religious violence ignited by the release of an online movie trailer which mocks the Prophet Mohammed. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Tisch Family Associate Professor of Theology, believes that the Pope’s visit couldn’t be more timely.

“On the one hand the Holy Father’s visit to Lebanon is pastoral,” said Reynolds, whose scholarship largely concerns interactions between Christians and Muslims. “Lebanon is a country in the heart of the Arab world with over a million Christians from a rich diversity of traditions and rites, both Catholic and Orthodox, and a country whose saints are venerated throughout the world. On the other hand the visit has a particular symbolic value. Read More

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. Read More

Sacred Music at Notre Dame Hosts Inaugural Conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Sacred Music Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday (September 13 through 15). The conference will feature sacred music from the Renaissance to the present day and will bring together composers, scholars, and conductors of sacred music to discuss, share, and perform their work. Several concert events are open to the public and free of charge. Read More

Theologians publish new book on Eucharist

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation,” by theology professors Paul F. Bradshaw and Maxwell E. Johnson, has recently been published by Liturgical Press of Collegeville, Minn.

The book concerns the historical development of the theology and liturgy of the Church’s most important prayer, from the early Christian communal meals to the diverse Eucharistic liturgies of Eastern and Western Christians. “We’ve tried to demonstrate the ongoing importance of historical-liturgical scholarship in coming to understand the centrality of the Eucharistic Liturgy in Christian life and faith,” said Johnson. Read More

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. Read More

Notre Dame Forum Events to Explore Future of American Democracy


The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces. Read More

Preeminent New Testament Scholar Comes to Notre Dame

Author: Sara Burnett

Professor John T. Fitzgerald, an award-winning teacher, will join the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology this fall, says J. Matthew Ashley, associate professor and department chair. “He is not only a preeminent scholar of the New Testament in itself but also has a broad and penetrating knowledge of the Greco-Roman context in which it was written and received,” Ashley says. Read More

Theologian Gary Anderson elected to American Academy of Jewish Research

Author: Joanna Basile

Gary Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research (AAJR).

The AAJR is the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America, and fellows are nominated and elected by their peers. The group has approximately 100 members in the United States — and Anderson is one of a select few who are not Jewish.

“For me,” Anderson says, “to be treated in such a way by my Jewish colleagues while at a Catholic institution is the highest of honors given the importance I have placed on Jewish studies in my own life and career." Read More

Notre Dame Theologian Helping to Build a Society for Qu'ranic Studies

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be co-director of an international consultation to develop a plan for the formation of an independent association of Quranic scholars. The three-year initiative, sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) with a $140,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, will bring together scholars of the Quran to discuss the potential establishment of a Society for Qu’ranic Studies (SQS) to foster scholarship in an expanding and increasingly diverse academic field. Read More

ND Expert: A 'rare and wonderful' discovery of ancient Christian documents

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The discovery of 29 previously unpublished homilies by the third-century theologian Origen of Alexandria could provide an unprecedented glimpse of ancient Christian preaching, according to Rev. Michael Heintz, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity Program.


The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, reported Tuesday (June 12) that the homilies, written in Greek, were discovered two months ago in the Bavarian State Library by Marina Pradel, an Italian scholar. Read More

Theology Alumnus Helps the Helpers

Author: Liam Farrell '04

Jim Cavnar ’67 originally came to Notre Dame intending to get a degree in physics but his life has been less about studying forces than becoming one for good. The theology alumnus is a founder and president of Florida-based Cross International Inc. and Cross Catholic Outreach Inc., two Christian relief and development charities founded in 2001 to help the poorest of the poor worldwide. He has worked in Catholic and ecumenical ministries for 45 years and won this year’s Rev. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C. Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association and Notre Dame Senior Alumni. Read More

Theologian Tzvi Novick Appointed to Abrams Chair

Author: Kate Cohorst

Notre Dame Assistant Professor Michael (Tzvi) Novick has been appointed Abrams College Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture in the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theology. Novick holds both a Ph.D. and a J.D. from Yale University. His scholarship ranges across a broad spectrum of themes and genres in late antiquity: from rabbinic law and ethics, to liturgical poetry, to narratological analysis of biblical and Second Temple Judaism texts. Read More

Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Author: Joanna Basile

Art. Sacred music. Medieval history. And the digital humanities. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame, brings them all together in her current research on Hildegard of Bingen — research for which she has been recently awarded fellowships from both the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Read More

ND Expert: Assessing the assessment of Catholic female religious

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Last week, the Vatican charged the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that represents most of America’s Catholic nuns, with “serious doctrinal problems” and announced plans to place LCWR into a sort of receivership overseen by three American bishops.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, said she understands why so many American Catholics have been “flabbergasted” by the decision. Read More

Theology Alumnus Strives for Social Justice

Author: Jordan Gamble

During his time at Notre Dame, Tom Hampson ’71, ’73 M.A., thought he would become a photographer, a mathematician, or a marine biologist. He never expected to be able to turn his passion for social justice—or his two College of Arts and Letters degrees in theology—into a career. But that is exactly what he has done during nearly 30 years at Church World Service, a career that has taken the Elkhart, Ind., resident to more than two dozen countries around the world. Read More