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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: Charge to the Class of 2015

Author: Notre Dame News

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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Class of 2015, you leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments. One that will always remain is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., to his final rest with God. As long as I live, I will cherish the memory of many of you standing shoulder to shoulder, quietly and reverently on a very cold day, along the path from the Basilica to Holy Cross cemetery, to pay tribute on Father Ted’s final journey across campus.

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Class of 2015, 'Father Ted’s last class,' leaves Notre Dame

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Anna Kottkamp delivers the 2015 Valedictory Address

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“You leave Notre Dame with many great achievements and memorable moments,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., told the graduates in his charge to the Class of 2015. “One is that you will always be the class that helped us send Father Theodore Hesburgh to his final rest with God.” Inviting Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne/South Bend to give a blessing to the seniors, Father Jenkins said, “I know Father Ted will join him in blessing the class of 2015 — in another way, his last class at Notre Dame.”

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Noted scholar of Quran and early Islamic history to deliver the Graduate School Commencement address

Author: William G. Gilroy

Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, a scholar of the Quran and early Islamic history, and director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, will deliver the Commencement address on May 16 (Saturday) at the Commencement ceremony for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School.

The Graduate School ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Compton Family Ice Arena and will honor the University’s new doctoral and master’s degree recipients.

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Archbishop Fitzgerald to speak on Christianity and Islam 50 years after 'Nostra Aetate'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald will give a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate” at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in Geddes Hall’s Andrews Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Archbishop Fitzgerald’s lecture, “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate,” will focus on the influence “Nostra Aetate,” the Council’s pivotal declaration on non-Christian religions, has had on relations between Christians and Muslims.

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Statement from Notre Dame President Father Jenkins on the passing of Cardinal George

Author: Dennis Brown

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The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the passing of Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, on Friday (April 17):

“Cardinal Francis George was a good and faithful bishop, a leader in the American Church and a dedicated witness to the Gospel. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his religious community and the Archdiocese of Chicago. May he rest in the peace of Christ.”

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Notre Dame launches first MOOC

Author: Notre Dame News

edX Consortium

The University of Notre Dame’s first MOOC (massive open online course) launched Wednesday (April 15). I “Heart” Stats is a non-technical introduction to statistics and its use in everyday life. The free, non-credit course is being taught by Dan Myers, vice president and associate provost. Offered through the University’s partnership with edX, the course is available to anyone with a free edX account. Interested individuals can take the course at their own pace, at any time of the day. To register for I “Heart” Stats, click here or visit the NotreDameX course page on the Office of Digital Learning website.

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Vice President Joe Biden to deliver remarks at Notre Dame symposium in Washington, D.C.

Author: Dennis Brown

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at a symposium for University of Notre Dame leaders Tuesday (April 14) in Washington, D.C. The vice president’s remarks will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St., N.W. Logistical information for members of the media interested in attending the vice president’s remarks is forthcoming.

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Notre Dame and Latin American bishops sign memorandum of understanding

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, archbishop of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, and president of the Latin American Bishops' Conference (CELAM), sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The University of Notre Dame and the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” pledging to cooperate in a range of initiatives in academics, social development, peace-building and institutional administration.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, president of CELAM, signed the memorandum in a ceremony Tuesday (March 24) in Notre Dame’s Main Building.

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

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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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).

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Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville to receive Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal

Author: Sue Lister

Aaron Neville (Credit: Sarah A. Friedman)

Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement ceremony May 17 (Sunday).

“Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Through tumultuous times in his life, Aaron turned to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude for strength, forgiveness and salvation. His example of repentance and devotion shine bright for all who see him perform.”

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The University of Notre Dame and friends honor and remember Father Hesburgh

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Thomas O'Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, leads the procession to the cemetery following the funeral of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The University of Notre Dame’s iconic 15th president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was honored and remembered Wednesday night (March 4) at a memorial service in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.

Father Hesburgh, one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died Thursday (Feb. 26) at Notre Dame. He was 97.

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Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame dies at age 97

Author: Dennis Brown

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., saying Mass

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning."

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In memoriam: Donald R. Keough, Chair Emeritus of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees

Author: Paul J. Browne

Donald R. Keough

Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, chair of Allen & Company and former president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, died Tuesday (Feb. 24) in Atlanta with family members at his side. He was 88.

“Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father, and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “Don’s visionary leadership and generosity has had a profound impact on the University. He believed that we were put on earth to do good in the world, and his life tangibly demonstrated that faith. He has been a dear friend and cherished mentor whom I will miss terribly.”

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