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Institute for Latino Studies Co-Director Timothy Matovina awarded the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Timothy Matovina, co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to receive the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research. The Cushing Medal is intended to recognize the work of Church leaders, who, like Cardinal Cushing, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Catholic Church’s needs through research. Read More

International crèche exhibit and pilgrimage returns to Notre Dame campus

Author: Brett Robinson

Christmas nativity scenes recreated by cultures from around the world are on display in six Notre Dame campus buildings through Jan. 31, 2017. The third annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage features 30 crèches on loan from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. The exhibit is sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Read More

Theology professor uses NEH fellowship to research Qur’an’s portrayal of God’s vengeance and mercy

Author: Josh Weinhold

The Qur’an describes God as a god of mercy. The Qur’an describes God as a god of vengeance. Are those qualities mutually exclusive? Gabriel Said Reynolds doesn’t think so. The Notre Dame professor of Islamic studies and theology is using a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the idea. He’s spending a year researching the way the Muslim holy text juxtaposes narratives of God’s destruction with declarations of God’s compassion. Read More

Theology major Jake Grefenstette ’16 spending year in Beijing through prestigious Yenching Scholar program

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars. Read More

Life Lunch Series

Author: Deanna Menke

Be sure to join the Institute for Church Life for its lunchtime speaker series in Geddes Hall this semester.

Life Lunch

Thu Sep 8, 2016, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
300 Geddes Hall

Join theology professor Ann Astell for the first in our three-part series on life issues. Professor Astell will present "Haunting Texts: Abortion in Poetry," and explore how four prominent female poets have written about abortion. Lunch is provided. Please register here.

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Evening prayer hosted in Geddes Hall for Notre Dame community

Author: Deanna Menke

Vespers will be held once a month during the academic year in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel located in Geddes Hall. Hosted by the Institute for Church Life, the 30-minute evening prayer service includes liturgical music, Scripture and a brief reflection by members of the university community.

The dates for Vespers in Geddes Hall during the fall semester are August 24, September 21, October 12 and November 30. The service begins at 5:15 p.m. Read More

Saturdays with the Saints 2016

Author: Deanna Menke

The seventh annual “Saturdays with the Saints” lecture series sponsored by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will feature seven saints whose lives give witness to the mercy of God.

The lectures will be held on Saturdays of home Notre Dame football games combining the university’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited football game days. Notre Dame theology faculty and staff will deliver dynamic lectures on saints chosen this year to coincide with the global Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy. Read More

Video: Theology Professor Khaled Anatolios on Studying the Origins of Christian Doctrines

Author: Todd Boruff

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“I tend to gravitate towards doctrines that seem inexplicable, and I try to understand what motivated the early Christians to formulate these doctrines in just these ways,” said Khaled Anatolios, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Anatolios specializes in the theology of the early Church. As a Byzantine Catholic priest, he has a special interest in the doctrines of the Greek fathers as well as complementary ideas between the Eastern and Western traditions. His current research focuses on the doctrine of salvation, particularly the disconnect between classical sources and modern experience. Read More

Theology Professor Honored For Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts and Letters have won 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and two have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The awards are presented by the Office of the Provost, and the recipients are selected through a process that includes peer and student nominations. Read More

Institute for Church Life Hosts Dante Lecture Series

Author: Emily Hammock

Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person

Comprising five evenings with two lectures featured back-to-back each time, this series convenes on February 11, February 24, March 16, March 29, and April 7. The series is designed to accompany the audience as they make their way through reading Dante's Divine Comedy during Lent and into Easter. Coinciding with the Year of Mercy, this series also responds to what Pope Francis said about Dante and his poem in relation to the 750th anniversary of the poet's birth: "[The Divine Comedy] is an invitation to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness."  Read More

Marten Program Launches Initiative to Develop Better Catholic Preaching

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame’s John S. Marten Program for Homiletics and Liturgics has embarked on a unique project specifically designed to strengthen Catholic preaching. The Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C., Notre Dame Preaching Academy, a five-year initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, has enrolled its first cohort of 23 priest-participants from Notre Dame’s founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as from the archdioceses of Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky; and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. Read More

Video: Who Hires Liberal Arts Majors?

Author: Todd Boruff

Notre Dame Job Fair

Graduates of the College of Arts and Letters are in demand in the business world. Through a broad liberal arts education, Arts and Letters students develop problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills—attributes that recruiters from major companies are seeking in college graduates. When companies like Vanguard, Epic Systems, Abercrombie & Fitch, and General Mills come to campus looking to recruit new employees, Arts and Letters students find great jobs. Read More

Theology Professor Receives Fellowship from National Endowment for the Humanities

Author: Josh Weinhold


Three faculty from the University of Notre Dame received fellowships this week from the National Endowment for the Humanities, continuing the University’s record success winning support for humanities research. Receiving the grants are Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French; Amy Mulligan, an assistant professor of Irish language and literature; and Gabriel Said Reynolds, a professor of Islamic studies and theology. Since 1999, College of Arts and Letters faculty have won 57 NEH fellowships—more than any other private university in the country. Read More