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In Memoriam: Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died early Monday (Nov. 11) at Holy Cross House after a long struggle with complications of a head injury sustained in July. He was 83.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Father John S. Dunne, a beloved teacher, scholar, priest and friend,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Read More

Paul Farmer, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez to launch 'In the Company of the Poor' book

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

A pioneer in global health and a path-breaking theologian explore their common option for the poor in a new book drawn from their respective writings, using as a springboard public and private conversations hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez” (Orbis Press, 2013) will have its public launch at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 (Tuesday) in McKenna Hall Auditorium on the Notre Dame campus. Read More

Theology Faculty Lead Notre Dame's Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series

Author: Kate Garry

On Wednesday, November 13, Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, will give the inaugural lecture in the Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). Eire, author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy (2003), will speak at 7 p.m. at the Hesburgh Center Auditorium, followed by a reception and book signing. Read More

Father Gustavo Gutiérrez to Speak on Poverty and Human Dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the University of Notre Dame’s John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, will deliver the 2013 Annual Human Dignity Lecture on “Poverty and Human Dignity” Wednesday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium. “Gustavo Gutiérrez’ influence on the last 40 years of Catholic theology has been profound and fundamental,” said John C. Cavadini, director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL). Read More

Notre Dame to host conference on theology of Mary

Author: Michael O. Garvey

A conference of theologians will convene Oct. 6-8 (Sunday-Tuesday) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall for a new consideration of recent, but lately overlooked, scholarship on Mary.

The conference, “Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council,” is being sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. It will focus on the works of several prominent Catholic thinkers of the 20th century — among them Karl and Hugo Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Henri de Lubac and Thomas Merton — and examine their implications for the 21st century. Read More

New Notre Dame program to train theology teachers for Catholic schools

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has announced a new program to train recent college graduates for service as theology teachers in Catholic middle and high schools.

The new initiative, Echo Teaching Theology, is receiving applications now through January, and will begin in the summer of 2014. In partnership with ICL’s Echo program, which since 2004 has trained catechetical leaders for ministry in Catholic parishes, and Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, Echo Teaching Theology will offer participating students a tuition-free graduate degree in theology through summer studies at Notre Dame, service in Catholic schools and dioceses, and human and spiritual formation in Echo communities nationwide. Read More

Theology Professors Participate in Game Day Lectures

Author: Emily Hammock

Theology department faculty members Rev. Brian Daley, S.J., and Professor Cyril O'Regan, along with associate Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, presented a game-day lecture on August 31 to a group of students and fans alike.
Their talk, entitled “From Pope Benedict to Pope Francis: Contrasts and Continuities,” was part of the Saturday Scholars program sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. Six lectures are presented throughout the football season.  Details on upcoming lectures can be found here
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Notre Dame community of faith responds to call for peace in Syria

Author: John Guimond

The University of Notre Dame community of faith will join Pope Francis and people of faith around the world for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World on Saturday (Sept. 7). Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Peace Fellowship, Militia of the Immaculata and other student organizations have planned a series of events and liturgies to mark the day of fasting and prayer, and they welcome participation in person or in spirit.

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Saturdays with the Saints program to feature 20th-century martyrs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The “Age of Martyrs” is the term of art for the earliest years of Christian history, but as Pope Francis remarked in a homily last April 15, “the age of martyrs is not yet over; even today we can say, in truth, that the Church has more martyrs now than during the first centuries.” More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all previous centuries combined.

The lives of these remarkable men and women and the effects of their witness in the Church and the world are the subjects of the University of Notre Dame’s Saturdays with the Saints program, a series of morning talks offered on football home game days throughout the fall. Read More

Celebrating 125 years of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Author: Carol C. Bradley


On Aug. 16 (Friday), the University of Notre Dame celebrates the 125th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Most Rev. Daniel Robert Jenky, C.S.C., bishop of Peoria, Ill., will preside at a special 4 p.m. Mass that will also feature music from alumni of the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir. A reception in the Rotunda of the Main Building will follow. All are welcome to attend.

The Basilica serves as the oldest and principal church of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States and as the cornerstone of liturgical life at Notre Dame. The Mass and reception will commemorate the consecration of the Basilica by the Most Rev. Joseph Gregory Dwenger, bishop of Fort Wayne, Ind., on Aug. 15, 1888. Read More

Five Theology Professors Receive CPA Awards

Author: Emily Hammock

Works by five Notre Dame Theology Professors were honored with 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards

Eternal Consciousness, by John S. Dunne (University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN), received first place in the category of "Spirituality - Soft Cover." According to the Catholic Press, Prof. Dunne's book  "focuses on the quest to explore eternal consciousness and its meaning in relation to the fulfillment of one’s self. He shares his insight that eternal life is the deeper life of relatedness to others, to God, and to self. This well-written book, enhanced by the inclusion of his original songs, provides the incentive for readers to continue the personal search."

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PhD Graduate Receives Theology Book Award


Ken Garcia, a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a co-winner of the College Theology Society’s 2013 best book award for his work, Academic Freedom and the Telos of the Catholic University. Read More

Rev. John Dunne, C.S.C., Receives 2013 Presidential Award

Author: Emily Hammock

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., the Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor Catholic Theology, is the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Award, given to a member of the faculty or adminsitration for distinguished service to Notre Dame over an extended period of time. A 1951 graduate of Notre Dame, Father Dunne is a Holy Cross priest who joined the faculty at his alma mater in 1957 and has been an important figure in the Department of Theology ever since. He arguably has taught more students than anyone else in the University's history, and taught them superbly well, winning Notre Dame's Sheedy Award and the Danforth Foundation Harbison Award in recognition of his efforts.  Read More

Graduating seniors honored for commitment to postgraduate service

Author: John Guimond

One hundred sixty-nine University of Notre Dame graduating seniors embarking on a year or more of service in this country and abroad were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on May 18 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, commended the seniors for their commitment to service. Nearly a quarter of the graduates will join the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) or programs that share its model to serve as educators in the nation’s Catholic schools. Others will serve in the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Still others will mentor AIDS orphans in South Africa, cultivate sustainable agriculture in the South Pacific islands, foster spiritual formation in the nation’s parishes, or provide a host of other services that match the mission of Notre Dame. Read More

Theology Honors Thesis Writers Announced

Author: Emily Hammock

The Theology Department is pleased to recognize 5 students with the classification of "Honors in Theology" as a result of their sucessful completion of a senior thesis recieving a grade of A- or above.The Department of Theology offers an Honors Thesis Program for particularly gifted undergraduate majors who seek a deeper, more sustained experience in the major. The program gives participants the opportunity to research a topic in depth, in close collaboration with a member of the faculty, and to undertake an extended writing project. The experience of writing a thesis can give students a more complete grasp of the nature of the scholarly life. For students seeking an advanced degree, the thesis will send a strong signal of achievement and accomplishment to graduate schools. The students recognized this year with Honors in Theology are: Read More

Theologian Brian Daley Receives Quasten Medal From Catholic University

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, received the Johannes Quasten Medal of Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies from Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies on May 2. Father Daley is the 26th theologian to receive the Quasten Medal since the award was established in 1985. Read More

Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit: 'People were inspired'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Our Lady Of Mercy, Geddes Hall

In one of his earliest public addresses, at an audience for journalists, Pope Francis spoke of how, immediately following his election, an old friend and fellow churchman had embraced him, urging, “don’t forget the poor.” The new pope said that he subsequently chose as namesake the saint “who wanted a poor church,” and concluded his remarks by exclaiming, “Ah, how I would like a church that is poor and is for the poor!”

Pope Francis’ words were invoked early on during the Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit at the University of Notre Dame last month, and the paradox of Catholic doctrine — the imperative to alleviate the poverty we encounter in others while trying to become poor ourselves — was appreciable in the gathering.

Having heard nation- and statewide overviews of the worsening plight of the poor and the increasing inadequacy of communal response, the summit participants received more intimate views of urban and rural Indiana poverty from diocesan social workers at work in Evansville, Tell City and South Bend before breaking into five respective diocesan groups to discuss the use of education, advocacy, service and prayer in battling Indiana poverty. Read More

FTT Students Film Theological Journey Through Jerusalem


Over fall break, Erin Moffitt and Nicole Timmerman, both senior film, television, and theatre (FTT) majors in the College of Arts and Letters, traveled with a group of undergraduate theology students to Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Their mission was to create a pair of short documentaries about the experience for the Department of Theology. Read More

Theology Professor Wins Luce Fellowship


Yury P. Avvakumov, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, was recently selected as one of six Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for his work on the relationship between the Latin West and Byzantine East during the 12th century. Established in 1993, the Luce Fellows Program has awarded just 136 fellowships in its 20-year existence. Read More

Theology Department Announces Senior Award Winners

Author: Emily Hammock

At the end of each academic year, the Theology Department selects two graduating seniors to receive the department's highest undergraduate awards.


The Gertrude Austin Marti Award in Theology is given to a graduating senior who has given evidence of qualities of personal character and academic achievement in theological studies. This year it goes to Gabriella Cozzi Read More

Cardinal Walter Kasper to visit Notre Dame

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will deliver the 2013 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture at 5 p.m. April 24 (Wednesday) in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. Pope Francis specifically commended the theological work of Cardinal Kasper at his first Angelus message, noting that, “(i)n these days, I have been able to read a book by a cardinal — Cardinal Kasper, a talented theologian, a good theologian — on mercy. And it did me such good, that book.”

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Cardinal Kasper will address “The Origins of Vatican II.” This lecture is free and open to the public. Cardinal Kasper will also participate in an international gathering of scholars, “The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: A Celebration of his Life and Work,” which will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center on April 25-27 (Thursday-Saturday). Read More

Theology Professor Wins Distinguished Alumni Award

Author: Chris Milazzo

James C. VanderKam, the John A. O’Brien professor of Hebrew Scriptures in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected as a distinguished alumnus by his alma mater, Calvin College. “Dr. VanderKam was chosen because of his outstanding contributions to the study of the Old Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls,” says Michael J. Van Denend, executive director of the Calvin Alumni Association. Read More

Abdolkarim Soroush, Muslim intellectual and reformer, to address Notre Dame’s Qur’an Seminar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Abdolkarim Soroush, the Iranian scholar, human rights advocate and religious reformer, will give a lecture on “The Qur’an, Philosophy and Law” Thursday (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1140 of the Eck Hall of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

Soroush’s lecture is the last of a series sponsored by the Qur’an Seminar, an academic project hosted by Notre Dame to advance Qur’anic scholarship, encourage collaboration among international scholars and present public lectures by leading Muslim intellectuals.

Soroush, a former professor of the University of Tehran and now a visiting scholar at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, is widely considered the most influential figure in religious intellectual movements in Iran. He was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and both his supporters and critics have compared his role in arguing for the reform of Islam with that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. Read More

Cathleen Kaveny to discuss 'positive disruption' in unique TEDxChange webcast

Author: Michael O. Garvey


University of Notre Dame theologian and law professor Cathleen Kaveny will be among the speakers in a TEDxChange webcast discussion on the theme of “Positive Disruption” on Wednesday (April 3).

The 90-minute webcast, convened, hosted and moderated by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be streamed live here beginning at noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT). Read More

Notre Dame Theology Professor Wins Two Awards

Author: Chris Milazzo

Sister Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., professor of theology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, recently received two prestigious honors: the Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Award and the Veritas Award. Read More

Professor to Lead North American Academy of Liturgy

Author: Chris Milazzo

Rev. Maxwell Johnson, professor of liturgical studies in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, was recently elected vice president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) for 2013 and will become its president the following year. Read More

Notre Dame to host multidisciplinary climate conference

Author: Rachel Novick

Climate Change and the Common Good

The University of Notre Dame will host “Climate Change and the Common Good,” a national conference addressing the multifaceted challenges presented by our changing climate, on April 8-10 (Monday-Wednesday). The event will engage nationally recognized scientists, ethicists and strategists in conversation with students, faculty, administrators and members of the broader community.

“We know that climate change will disproportionately impact the poor and vulnerable, those who have contributed the least to our present energy and environmental crisis,” said Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs at Notre Dame. “By coming together as a community to learn about these challenges and the paths to solutions, we can better answer God’s call for us to be stewards of the finite gifts of our planet.” Read More

Cardinal Dolan to deliver 2013 Notre Dame commencement address

Author: Dennis Brown

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the principal speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 168th Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

“Over the past several years, I have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Cardinal Dolan,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “He is a man of great intelligence and personal warmth, and a dedicated shepherd of the Church. We were pleased to have him here in 2011 to give the inaugural lecture for the Notre Dame Project on Human Dignity, and we are grateful that he has accepted our invitation to join us in celebrating the achievements of our students and to provide them with words of wisdom as they set out into the world.”

Cardinal Dolan was named archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 23, 2009, after serving for the previous seven years as archbishop of Milwaukee. He was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Nov. 16, 2010. Pope Benedict elevated him to cardinal on Jan. 6, 2012. Read More

Theology Faculty Book Among “Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2012

Author: Chris Milazzo

Choice magazine has included two books by faculty members in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters on its list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012. John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in the Department of English, was selected for his Cambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, while Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and executive director of the Institute for Latino Studies, was honored for Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church, which also won the College Theology Society’s Best Book Award in 2012, as well as the 2013 Paul J. Foik, C.S.C. Award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society. Read More