Archives » May 2013

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