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Notre Dame to host 2013 conference of the Africa Faith and Justice Network

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Africa Faith & Justice Network

The 2013 conference of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame this weekend (March 1-3).

The 30th annual AFJN conference, “Justice for Africa: Justice for the World,” will bring together some 200 scholars, religious and social workers, and policymakers to discuss and reflect on issues of peacebuilding, human rights and social justice in African countries and communities.

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and reputed papabile, or plausible candidate for election as Pope, had planned to attend and give the keynote address at the conference, but was unable to do so due to the upcoming conclave in Rome for the election of Pope Benedict’s successor. Read More

New Videos Highlight Theology Major and Study Abroad

Author: Emily Hammock

Over Fall Break 2012, 10 undergraduate students traveled to Israel as part of a Theology Department sponsored pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Several of the travelers, led by Prof. Todd Walatka, are Theology Majors and Minors. Two students from the Film, Television and Theatre program, Nicole Timmerman and Erin Moffitt, accompanied the group in order to film the experiences of these Notre Dame pilgrims. The results of their hard work are two videos now available on the Theology Department website Read More

Theology Alumna Melanie Howard Wins Essay Prize


Melanie A. Howard, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Master in Theological Studies (MTS) program, has won the 2011-12 Word & World Essay Prize for Doctoral Candidates. The prize is sponsored by Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry, a quarterly journal published by Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Joseph S. Khalil, a current Ph.D. student in the department, won the prize last year. Read More

Notre Dame theologians react to resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Author: Michael O. Garvey

University of Notre Dame theologians are reacting to today’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he intends to resign from the papal post at the end of this month.


Notre Dame religious historian R. Scott Appleby praised Pope Benedict’s announcement as an act of courage.

“Pope Benedict XVI has acted courageously in announcing his resignation from the papacy at the end of this month,” Appleby said. “He leaves behind a church still staggering from the sexual abuse crisis, weakened by bureaucratic infighting, curial scandals and papal gaffes, and facing by a host of challenges—to which the pope alluded in his statement today. Read More

Notre Dame’s Pierpaolo Polzonetti Receives Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, has won the Lewis Lockwood Award for his book Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge University Press). Bestowed by the American Musicological Society, the annual prize recognizes a book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career. Read More

Theology Professor Timothy Matovina Wins Book Award

Author: Joanna Basile

Timothy Matovina, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has won the 2012 College Theology Society Best Book Award for his work Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church (Princeton University Press, 2012). Matovina, who specializes in Latino theology and religion, particularly Latino Catholicism, is also executive director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, housed in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Read More

New ND report finds Catholics less generous than other Christians

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Catholics are less generous than other American Christians, according to a study recently published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI).

Unleashing Catholic Generosity: Explaining the Catholic Giving Gap in the United States,” by Brian Starks, director of CSPRI, and Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, compares the religious giving of Catholics with that of other religious communities in America and concludes that Catholics, on average, give less than other Christians. Read More

Sacred Music at Notre Dame Receives $1.9 Million Lilly Endowment Grant

Author: Arts and Letters

Sacred music has the power to enrich and inspire entire communities. And with the support of a Lilly Endowment grant of $1.9 million, Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) is now poised to help congregations across the region renew worship practices and enliven musical expression to engage people more deeply, across the generations. Read More

Lawrence Cunningham Receives Spirit of Holy Cross Award

Author: Emily Hammock

Professor Emeritus Lawrence Cunningham is among the nine recipients of the Spirit of Holy Cross Award for 2012.  This award, which is given annually by the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, “acknowledges the critical importance lay collaborators play in living out the vision and mission of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved, and served through education, parish and mission settings.”  This award will be given to Larry at the 11:45 Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Sunday, January 20, here on campus, with a reception to follow in the Coleman-Morse Center.  Read More

Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, former superior of the Dominicans, to speak at ND

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., former master of the Order of Preachers, will give a lecture, “Can Christianity Touch the Imagination of Our Contemporaries?” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 (Thursday) in the Andrews Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s Geddes Hall.


Father Radcliffe led the Order of Preachers, the 800-year-old Catholic religious order commonly known as Dominicans, from 1992 to 2001. During those years he drew international attention for his writings and preaching on contemporary society, Christian life, religious life and the plight of the Catholic Church. In addition to his administration of the Dominican order, he has been active in the peace movement, ministry to people with AIDS and advocacy for human rights. Read More

Theologian Presents Pope Benedict with a Festschrift From Notre Dame

Author: Emily Hammock

“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him December 7 in Rome. Read More