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Notre Dame and UNC-Chapel Hill Philosophers to Examine Religious and Transformative Experiences

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

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Whether as dramatic as the divine visions that inspired Mother Teresa’s work or as commonplace as the decision to have a child, certain events have the power to transform us. To explore aspects of these religious and transformative experiences, philosophers Michael Rea and Samuel Newlands of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and philosopher L.A. Paul from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences will co-direct a $4.8 million initiative called “The Experience Project.”

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Graduating Seniors Honored for Commitment to Postgraduate Service

Jenna Ahn

One hundred fifty-two University of Notre Dame graduating seniors—many of them from the College of Arts and Letters—are embarking on a year or more of service in locations around the globe. They were honored during the University’s annual Service Send-Off ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall.

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History Alumna Becomes First Female President of Dakota Wesleyan University

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Categories: Alumni, Catholicism, and General News

Amy Novak

After marrying her college sweetheart when she graduated from Notre Dame in 1993, Amy Novak and her husband moved nine times, landing everywhere from Dayton, Ohio to Ottawa, Canada. No matter what city they called home, Novak was able to find challenging and fulfilling work to support her growing family. Novak majored in history in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and she knew how to convey to employers what skills she gained as a liberal arts graduate and how she could use those skills to enhance an organization—whether it was in higher education or the technology industry. In June 2013 she became the first female president of Dakota Wesleyan University.

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ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Anthropologist Arlene Dávila will visit the University of Notre Dame next week as the inaugural recipient of the Institute for Latino Studies’ Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. A professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University, Dávila, “is one of the country’s leading Latino studies cultural anthropologists,” says ILS Director José Limón, the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies.

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Notre Dame Theologians Explore Life, Death, and Resurrection in Rwanda

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Internationalism

The genocide in Rwanda, whose 20th anniversary is being observed worldwide this month, began only a few days after Easter. That the hatred that cost the lives of a million people in this overwhelmingly Christian country could be unleashed so near to Holy Week seems paradoxical, ironic, or even blasphemous. But for Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, it is most of all a searing mystery. “This country went through what Jesus Christ went through,” he says of his homeland. “Life, death, and resurrection.”

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Notre Dame Psychologist Darcia Narvaez to Co-Direct $2.6 Million Virtue Project

Author: Kate Garry

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and Nancy Snow, a professor of philosophy at Marquette University, are co-directing a new, interdisciplinary research initiative on virtue, character, and the development of the moral self. The three-year project is supported by a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds “discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”

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Alumni Share Sacred Music in Ireland

Author: Gabriela Leskur

Categories: Alumni, Arts, Catholicism, General News, and Internationalism

The healing power of music, the joyful celebration of faith—Teach Bhríde (the House of Brigid) seeks to enrich these elements of the Notre Dame spirit in a people who helped form this institution’s mission and heart: the Irish themselves. The House of Brigid began in 2009, when recent graduates of Notre Dame, aided by generous donors from the Notre Dame community and the Notre Dame Folk Choir, started a yearlong service program to assist in spiritual ministry and liturgical music in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Notre Dame Study Finds American Catholics 'Distinctively Optimistic'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, General News, and Research

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) indicates that American Catholics hold “distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.” The report, “Distinctive Catholicism: U.S. Catholics’ Views on Human Nature,” summarized the findings of a study done by CSPRI director Brian Starks. The CSPRI initiative is a program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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Father Gustavo Gutierrez Receives Welcome in Rome

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch. Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church, edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis.

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In Memoriam: William G. Storey, Professor Emeritus of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News

William G. Storey, professor emeritus of theology at the University of Notre Dame, died January 16 after a brief illness. He was 90. A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Storey joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1967. In his first years in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, Storey taught in the then-newly founded doctoral program in liturgical studies and designed the undergraduate program for theology majors.

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ND Experts: Pope Francis and the New Cardinals

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

On Sunday, January 12, when Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men he will soon make cardinals, he also gave some University of Notre Dame theologians an inkling of his vision of the Catholic Church. “Pope Benedict represented a ‘back to basics’ move theologically, and Francis interprets and represents the same move pastorally,” according to John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life.

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Daniel Philpott Appointed to Direct Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science and peace studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR), effective Jan. 1. “Professor Philpott brings an ambitious vision for building the CCHR into a leading center for impactful research to his new role,” said J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “He is a highly accomplished scholar who will support and enhance the center’s position as a beacon for civil and human rights, guided by the tenets of Catholic social teaching.”

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Notre Dame Students Retrace Medieval Pilgrimage in Spain

Fourteen Notre Dame students, along with two of their professors from the College of Arts and Letters, traveled to northern Spain over fall break to experience the Camino de Santiago—one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. History Professor Olivia Remie Constable, the director of the University’s Medieval Institute, and Danielle Joyner, an assistant professor of medieval art history, say it was an academic adventure they won’t soon forget. And their students agree.

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In Memoriam: Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, and General News

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died early Monday, November 11 at Holy Cross House after a long struggle with complications of a head injury sustained in July. He was 83. “On behalf of the University, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Father John S. Dunne, a beloved teacher, scholar, priest, and friend,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Rev. Tim Scully, Founder of Notre Dame’s ACE Program, to Receive Manhattan Institute’s William E. Simon Prize

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, will be awarded the $100,000 William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute for founding and leading the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

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Father Gustavo Gutiérrez to Speak on Poverty and Human Dignity

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Undergraduate News

Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the University of Notre Dame’s John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, will deliver the 2013 Annual Human Dignity Lecture on “Poverty and Human Dignity” Wednesday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall auditorium. “Gustavo Gutiérrez’ influence on the last 40 years of Catholic theology has been profound and fundamental,” said John C. Cavadini, director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL).

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History Faculty Awarded Numerous Honors

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, Internationalism, and Research

During the past year, faculty from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of History received multiple awards and fellowships in recognition of their research. The honors include a Guggenheim fellowship, two invitations to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, N.J., several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Haskins Medal—the highest award granted by the Medieval Academy of America.

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Notre Dame Philosopher Vittorio Hösle Appointed to Vatican Academy by Pope Francis

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Internationalism

Vittorio G. Hösle, Paul Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis. “We were very gratified to learn of Professor Hösle’s appointment to this truly distinguished body,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Hösle for this well-deserved and important recognition, and thank him for helping Notre Dame fulfill its mission of serving the Church through scholarship.”

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Historian Studies Impact of Mexican Immigrants in Chicago

Author: Mike Danahey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, General News, and Research

Growing up in Los Angeles, Mike Amezcua heard stories about how his great-grandparents emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico to find work in Chicago during the 1920s. Such stories influenced Amezcua’s academic path, inspiring him to focus on how Mexicans helped shaped Chicago’s mid-20th century history. His journey will bring him to South Bend in fall 2014 as an assistant professor of history and faculty fellow in the College of Arts and Letters’ Institute for Latino Studies.

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Saturdays with the Saints Program to Feature 20th-Century Martyrs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, Faculty News, and General News

The “Age of Martyrs” is the term of art for the earliest years of Christian history, but as Pope Francis remarked in a homily last April 15, “the age of martyrs is not yet over; even today we can say, in truth, that the Church has more martyrs now than during the first centuries.” More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all previous centuries combined. The lives of these remarkable men and women and the effects of their witness in the Church and the world are the subjects of the University of Notre Dame’s Saturdays with the Saints program, a series of morning talks offered on football home game days throughout the fall.

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Research by ND Sociologist Christian Smith Helps Shape Nationwide Catholic Initiative

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Faculty News, General News, and Research

“Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth,” an initiative that brings Catholic parishes and schools together with Catholic families to strengthen and deepen their faith, is now active in some 60 dioceses in the United States and Canada. According to those who conceived, organized and now direct this new and growing movement in youth ministry, social science research conducted by Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, has been instrumental in the development of the program.

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Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry Office Launches New Smartphone App

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Categories: Catholicism, Centers and Institutes, and General News

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry has launched a new smartphone application accessible to all Apple and Android devices. The free app, which is available from the Apple Store and Android Market by searching “Notre Dame Daily Faith,” includes a calendar of campus liturgies, meetings of prayer groups, performances of sacred music, retreats, lectures and seminars.

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