On Friday afternoon, in his office on the 13th floor of the library named after him, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, was enjoying an after-luncheon cigar and trying to solve an arithmetical problem in his head.
“If I’ve said Mass every day of the week for 70 years, that’s, let’s see. What’s 70 times 365? I don’t know, more than 25,000 Masses, anyway.” On June 24 (Monday), Father Hesburgh would mark the 70th anniversary of his ordination, which took place in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, whose spire, along with Notre Dame’s iconic Golden Dome, is splendidly visible from the window behind his desk.