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Rev. Jenkins: Pope Francis calls Americans to 'live up to the highest ideals of our nation'

Author: Brittany Collins

During his historic visit to the United States, on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to members of Congress and an audience that included Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to greet Pope Francis at the White House, said that the pontiff called on Americans to challenge themselves to live up to their ideals. Read More

Saturdays With the Saints: A foretaste of eternity on game day

Author: Michael O. Garvey

As is true of any great festival, a University of Notre Dame home football game weekend is much more than its central event. The roughly 61,000 people who travel to the University’s campus for each home game can expect to attend a splendid and storied athletic contest, but they can also expect a unique experience that blends merry-making, feasting, community and even worship.

For six years, one of these peripheral game-day offerings, “Saturdays With the Saints,” has attracted increasing numbers of enthusiastic participants and now seems sure to become as indispensable a feature of a football weekend as the marching band’s pre-game departure from the steps of the Main Building. Read More

Three Questions with Theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds, Quran Scholar

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame theologian Gabriel Said Reynolds studies the Quran and the interactions between Christians and Muslims. Academic courses taught by Reynolds include Foundations of Theology, Islam and Christian Theology, The Qur’an and Its Relation to the Bible, The Holy Land, and Islamic Origins. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Qurʾan in Conversation with the Bible: The Qurʾan Translation of Ali Quli Qaraʾi Annotated with Biblical Texts and Commentary. Read More

Theologian Describes Pope Francis’ South American Journey as Renewal of Acquaintances

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis’ July 5-13 journey to South America will take him through countries and among people who already knew him well before he became the leader of all the world’s Catholics, according to Peter J. Casarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who just returned from a year sabbatical in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago. Read More

Theologian Gary Knoppers Interviewed on the Origins of an International Judaism

Author: Todd Boruff


“Different texts speak with different voices. Paying attention to these differences between different writings really helps to illumine the history of early Judaism,” said Gary Knoppers, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Knoppers, whose research focuses on ancient Israelite history, is currently writing commentaries of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings, Biblical texts authored during the Babylonian exile. Read More

Exhibit Showcases Medieval Liturgical and Musical Manuscripts

Author: Carol C. Bradley


Sacred Music at Notre Dame: The Voice of the Text, an exhibition in the Hesburgh Libraries Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, highlights the University’s holdings in medieval liturgical manuscripts that contain music. The manuscripts from the 11th through 15th centuries originate from various regions in France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. They inclued a a psalter, a liturgical calendar, a gradual, and a diurnal. Read More

Theologians Expect Pope’s Encyclical to Shine ‘Holy Light’ on Climate Change

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment, titled “Laudato Sii,” has elicited indecorous responses, including questions about whether the environment has anything to do with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Theologians and scientists at the University of Notre Dame, however, insist that it precisely concerns Church teaching, and they look forward to hearing what Pope Francis has to say. Read More

Department Administrator Honored by College of Arts and Letters

Author: Emily Hammock

Melody Kesler, department administrator, has been awarded the 2015 Inside Award from the College of Arts and Letters. This award, given annually by the College to one exemplary staff member, recognizes communication, collaboration, and innovation in service to the College. Award recipients are nominated by another member of the College staff and are selected by a committee organized by the Dean's Office. Melody was recognized at the annual College of Arts and Letters staff luncheon May 21. Congratulations, Melody! Read More

Theology Staff Member Honored by Grad School

Author: Emily Hammock

Cheron Price, the administrative assistant to the MTS and PHD programs, has been awarded the 2015 Graduate Administrative Staff member award. This award, given annually by the Graduate School, recognizes efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation in the service of graduate students. Award recipients are nominated by their corresponding director of graduate studies and are selected by the Graduate Studies Leadership Committee. Cheron was recognized at the annual Graduate School luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Congratulations to Cheron! Read More

Theology Professor Appointed Vice President and Associate Provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the recommendation of Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. Read More

Department Announces Senior Award Winners!

Author: Emily Hammock

The Theology Department is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Senior Awards. Hope F. has received The Gertrude Austin Marti Award in Theology and Patrick Calderon has received The Reverend Joseph H. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. Award. There were many outstanding candidates among our graduating seniors, but we were particularly impressed with the academic and extracurricular achievements Hope and Patrick have made during their Notre Dame careers. Congratulations to our 2015 award winners Read More

"Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science" Project Receives $3.1 Million Grant from Templeton Religion Trust

Author: Emily Hammock

“Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science” marks the first multidisciplinary investigation into the dispositions cultivated by scientific practice. Supported by a $3.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, this project will focus on identifying virtues among laboratory scientists -- that  is, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dispositions to act in ways that advance the good of both the individual and a given community. Over a three-year period, the project team (including psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians) will use broad surveys and intensive ethnographic studies to examine the dispositions that are correlated with laboratory research in biology. Drawing on existing literature and original research, the team will also consider how these dispositions might sustain or impede human flourishing in both science and other contexts, including familial, religious, and civic communities. Furthermore, a smaller study of musical ensembles will provide a contrasting look at highly-trained, cooperative teamwork in a non-scientific field. We anticipate that this project will generate significant transdisciplinary research, such as spurring theological and philosophical reflection on the virtues in new and perhaps unexpected ways. Read More

Theology Professors Offer MOOC: Free, Online Learning Opportunity

Author: Emily Hammock

Beginning on June 1, 2015, Professors Gary Anderson and John Cavadini will lead a MOOC - a massive, open, online class that is available to anyone with an internet connection. Their course, titled "Jesus in Scripture and Tradition," will introduce students to a theological way of reading the Christian Bible.  By exploring three interrelated questions: Who is Israel, Who is Jesus and Who is the Church we hope to provide the student with means of contemplating the identity of Jesus Christ as he has been understood in the Christian tradition.  As the questions suggest, the identity of Jesus Christ is inseparable from the mystery of Israel and that of the Church.  To ponder one is to ponder all three. Read More

Notre Dame Forum events to recognize 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council Documents

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, announced Monday (March 16) that the 2015-16 Notre Dame Forum, Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of pivotal documents of the Second Vatican Council that have resonance today. The forum will highlight the Declaration on Non-Christian Religions (Nostra aetate), the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis humanae) and the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes). Read More

Theology Graduate Students Recieve Prestigious Research Grants

Author: Emily Hammock

Theology graduate students are among this year's recipients of prestigious Fulbright and NSAID grants. Ten University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2014-15 program, placing the University among the top-producing research institutions in the nation. Eight of Notre Dame’s 10 U.S. Fulbright students come from the College of Arts and Letters.…
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In memoriam: Theologian Rev. Richard P. McBrien

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O’Brien Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Jan. 25) after a long illness. He was 78. “Father McBrien was a leading theologian and commentator on the Catholic Church,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul.” Read More

John Templeton Foundation Awards $1.78 Million Grant for Human Distinctiveness Project

Author: Emily Hammock

Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology, and Agustín Fuentes, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, have been awarded a $1.78 million grant by the John Templeton Foundation.  This grant, which begins in March 2015 and lasts for three years, is to promote literacy in evolutionary anthropology among theologians and to advance research at the interface of theology and anthropology. The project builds on and expands a current smaller interdisciplinary project directed by Deane-Drummond and Fuentes on the evolution of wisdom Read More