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'Saturdays with the Saints' lectures to feature saints for the Year of Mercy

Author: Meg Mirshak

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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.

“The series was inspired by the fact that Saturday has great significance in the Christian tradition. Saturday was the ancient Sabbath and is an image of eternity because it was on the seventh day that God rested. Therefore, our lecture series is an image of eternity,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life.

Saturdays with the Saints has established itself as a popular pregame ritual for members of the Notre Dame community and visitors to campus. The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium on the lower level of Geddes Hall, adjacent to Hesburgh Library. The talks are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the events tend to fill to capacity.

In addition to home games on the Notre Dame campus, a lecture will be held prior to the Shamrock Series game versus Army on November 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Timothy Matovina, professor of theology, and Rev. David Garcia, director of the Old Spanish Missions, San Antonio, will speak on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The 2016 Saturdays with the Saints schedule includes talks on St. Joseph, St. Faustina, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary. For a complete schedule, visit the Institute for Church Life’s website.

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