Members of the Saint Mary’s community heard author James Carroll speak at the 2012 Christian Culture Lecture on Tuesday night. The Christian Culture Lecture series, held in conjunction with the Department of Humanistic Studies, presents a preeminent figure in the humanities. The speaker explores an aspect of the Christian dimension of Western culture. Carroll, an award winning nonfiction and fiction writer, gave a lecture titled “The Reforming Dimension of Christianity in Western Culture and Beyond.” Carroll has written many notable books; among them are his memoir, “An American Requiem” and his novels, “The City Below” and “Secret Father,” both of which were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. In the most current version of “Vatican II: The Essential Texts,” published earlier this month, Carroll and Pope Benedict XVI wrote introductions to the text. In the lecture, Carroll addresses the need for reform that the Second Vatican Council addressed, as well as the role of Vatican II 50 years later. “We must reconcile the challenge of bringing one’s traditional faith with all its treasures into the age of reason,” Carroll said. Carroll explored the reformations brought out of Vatican II and the place the council holds in today’s world, not only for Christians but for all people. “Believers of all stripes have a moral obligation to examine that ways that religion abets violence and to change these ways,” Carroll said. “The obligation to do this is universal.” Carroll explored the way secular culture can trivialize belief. He said the reforms in Vatican II were needed “to the core of the Church.” Carroll said Vatican II represented a landmark shift in the Church’s attitudes. “The Church’s worldview changed and static scholasticism developed into active participation and exploration of faith,” Carroll said. “The doctrine was extensively developed and the Church’s perspective of truth changed.” The 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Carroll said, still marks a beginning and not an end. “The changes Vatican II brought to our Church go deep into the Christian imagination. When there is resistance to Vatican II, this is good news because people understand how deep the changes to our faith go,” he said. Carroll closed with a call for Christians to follow the authentic and loving Jesus. “The first followers of Jesus did not follow doctrine, but discipleship. [The disciples] imitated Jesus more than worshipped him,” he said. “The key to the true meaning of Christianity and the reform of Christianity is through the imitation of Jesus. The capacity for transcendence lies in every human person.”
The Notre Dame community will celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi today with a special mass, a movie showing, a blessing in the chapel of Breen-Phillips Hall and treats in the dining halls. Duncan Hall rector Terry Fitzgibbons helped plan the days event to honor St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Fitzgibbons said Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice-president for residential life, knew of his interest in the environment and social justice, and asked him to be the representative for the Office of Student Affairs on the University’s Energy and Environmental Issues committee. “The environment’s something that’s always been important to me, and at the same time my faith has been important to me,” he said. “I don’t view them as separate, the two go hand in hand. … This is God’s earth, and we’re supposed to take care of it.” The daily 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Basilica will honor the feast day. Fr. Paul Coleman, director of the Center of Social Concerns, will preside at the Mass. Following the mass, the movie “Sun Come Up” will screen in the Jordan Hall of Science, Fitzgibbons said. “It’s a story about … climate refugees,” Fitzgibbons said. “[The people in the film] basically have no place to live anymore, due to rising sea levels, and this [film] follows their story.” Fitzgibbons then said moviegoers can attend a forum after the film to talk about the Catholic standpoint on the environment. “We’re going to have a discussion, prayer [and] reflection afterwards,” Fitzgibbons said. “With sustainability, ecology, environment, climate stuff … sometimes it can tend to be statistic-oriented, number-oriented. The idea is to spiritualize the environment and ecology because stewardship of the earth is part of our Catholic teaching. It’s not just a hobby we tree-huggers are into, but a part of our Catholic faith.” Fitzgibbons said he hopes the Mass, film and discussion lead to a deeper sense of awareness on environmental issues and how they can be integrated into faith. “Once you make it part of our faith, it’s something we have to take seriously. … We hope students, faculty and staff will join us for this and also be part of the conversation,” he said. “We want to not just end with the film, but moving forward, what are ways we can make the issues of ecology, environment, sustainability [and] climate … more personal, more spiritual?” Other meaningful questions can be addressed in the context of these events, Fitzgibbons said. “What can we do practically for people, like the people in the film who are affected by climate change?” he said. “But also, what can we do on campus, what can we do in our faith lives, to make this more meaningful?” The feast of St. Francis is the perfect time to bring these concerns to light, Fitzgibbons said. “I think the feast of St. Francis is the natural way to tie [faith and the environment] in, with Mass, with the discussion of the film, to tie it in and make it very personal and spiritual,” he said. Breen-Phillips Hall will also hold a prayer service Thursday in the dorm’s St. Francis of Assisi Chapel to celebrate the feast day of its namesake. Breen-Phillips Hall’s liturgical commissioner Kate Lang said the prayer service will also focus on faith and the environment. “One of the Masters of Divinity students [Collen Mayer] is going to give a small reflection on St. Francis and the environment,” Lang said. “One of the students who graduated in 2009 made a marble plaque of St. Francis, and during the prayer service we are going to bless it.” The plaque will then be hung in Breen-Phillips Hall’s chapel. The prayer service will continue the theme of St. Francis of Assisi, she said, with the opening song “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” which is based on the Prayer of St. Francis. “The Canticle of the Sun,” written by St. Francis, will also be read, Lang said. In addition to the religious events commemorating the feast of St. Francis on campus, the dining halls will serve special nature-themed desserts at dinner.
The time for training season has officially begun for people running in the Holy Half Marathon this year. The Student Union Board (SUB) has opened registration for the ninth annual half marathon that will take participants on a scenic route through Notre Dame’s campus March 23. “The Holy Half is one of the biggest student-run events on campus and has quickly become a Notre Dame tradition,” Maria Murphy, an SUB representative, said. Murphy, who is also a Holy Half programmer this year, said the best part of the Holy Half is that runners not only get to train and compete in a 13.1 mile race, but also get to make a difference in the South Bend community on behalf of the University. “All proceeds from the race go to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County,” Murphy said. “Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for these awesome organizations.” This year the Holy Half will include a new course for runners, Murphy said. She said the event will also feature Mike Collins, the voice of Notre Dame Stadium, as the emcee. “Runners will get a 2013 Holy Half t-shirt and a bunch of other free goodies from our sponsors,” Murphy said. “All volunteers will get lots of food and our undying thanks.” Sponsors for the 2013 Holy Half include GU Energy, Blistex, Jimmy Johns, Dunkin’ Donuts, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Hagerty, Zone Perfect and ABRO Industries, Murphy said. For those runners who aren’t prepared to run 13.1 miles, there is also a 10k race option that will take place 15 minutes after the half marathon begins. Murphy said there is a capacity for 1,300 runners. For students who aren’t runners but still want to get involved, there are plenty of spots open for student volunteers to help set up the race, run water stations and cheer on runners. “By volunteering I gained so much respect for people who were able to run that long,” Ann Kebede, a 2012 volunteer for the event, said. “It was especially cool to watch the girls who kept such a fast pace. I also liked seeing people I knew run past while I cheered them on.” Kebede said volunteering was a great way to get involved in the event because she knew she wouldn’t want to participate as a runner. “A lot of what I did was cheer people on and give them motivation to keep going,” Kebede said. The Holy Half is a great way for Notre Dame and the surrounding community to be able to physically participate in the athletic culture of the school, she said. “It is an athletic event that the whole campus can do, as well as the outside community,” Kebede said. “Since athletics is such a big part of Notre Dame, this is a great thing that is open to everyone and gives people the opportunity to be active for a day.” Murphy said SUB has given the Holy Half a lot of freedom this year. She added that SUB plans to make the race fun for all and, most importantly, raise money for WCC and the Family Center of Saint Joseph’s County. “We are so happy with how the race is coming together and cannot wait for March 23,” Murphy said. The deadline for registration is on March 14.
Contact Kiera Johnsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Erin Gruwell, author of “The Freedom Writers Diary” and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, spoke on encouraging diversity and understanding in a lecture titled “Teaching Tolerance” in Moreau Hall’s Little Theater on Friday. Penn High School sophomore Katie Laiman approached Saint Mary’s with the idea to invite Gruwell to speak as a part of Girls Scout Gold Award project. “I think this talk was really impactful, and I hope everyone that was here takes a lot from it,” Laiman said. Gruwell said she became a teacher because she wanted to stand up for kids who did not have a voice. “Before there was a book, before there was a movie, there was a group of students who were tired of being invisible, tired of being on the fringe and just wanted to matter, just wanted to be heard,” she said. Gruwell said when she was in graduate education classes she noticed a disconnection between theory and practice. “I realized this when I walked into my first classroom and my students could care not less about stories, and books, and Shakespeare and tales about Homer,” she said. “My students cared about would I make it home alive, am I gonna get home and see my hardworking mom with those cockroaches and those rats in that tiny one bedroom housing project, and will there be dinner, would their be food on the table, are those cupboards going to be bare again.” Gruwell said all of her students buried friends due to senseless gang violence by the age of 14, and it made her desperate to show them stories written about teenagers such as Anne Frank. “At that moment I wanted to find books written by, for and about kids,” she said. “Kids who lived in real wars, kids who didn’t pick up Molotov cocktails or spray cans or use 38 special handguns, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write along, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write their own ending.” Gruwell said she went to her English department chair to ask if she could use these books but was turned down. “She said my kids were too stupid to read a book, and they would never read a book from cover to cover,” Gruwell said. “She went on to say they were dumb; she went on to say they were nothing. I realized my kids have been called dumb, stupid and nothing so often by so many people they believed it, and they were acting accordingly.” Gruwell said in order to convince her students to pick up a book instead of using cliff notes or downloading someone else’s essay off the Internet, she had them wipe the slate clean and start over. “Without really thinking it through, I decided we were going to have a toast for change,” she said. “Maybe for the first time it doesn’t matter, maybe we can wipe the slate clean, maybe we can start over. I wanted to start over because I wanted my students to know they had a voice. I wanted them to know they were brilliant and they could go anywhere and do anything.” Gruwell said over the years she has watched these 150 kids, who were not supposed to make it, become teachers, parents and leaders. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their families to graduate,” she said. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their family to go to college. … I watched those kids realize their dreams.” Gruwell said she has watched kids build mountains and has seen their book inspire others. “I am an ordinary teacher who had an extraordinary experience with a group of kids who were tired of reading books written by dead white guys in tights,” she said. “They wanted kids like you to see their story, they wanted kids like you to identify with their story, but most importantly, they wanted kids like you to write your own.” The lecture was cosponsored by the Saint Mary’s Education Club, CWIL, OCSE, SIMS, Student Government Association and Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiania.
McSorley, who has studied Wolff ever since she learned of her many contributions to Saint Mary’s, said she thinks all students should know her story.“She is truly fascinating to me,” she said. “She was educated at Notre Dame, [the University of California] Berkeley, Oxford. She ran with an impressive literary circle, with friends like Edith Wharton and C.S. Lewis, and she published over 20 books in her lifetime.”During her tenure as the third Saint Mary’s president beginning in 1934, Wolff headed the English department and introduced many distinguished programs, McSorely said.“She formed a school of theology here that made Saint Mary’s one of the only colleges at the time offering graduate degrees in theology to women, and she also ordered the construction of the Moreau Center for the Arts, which was one of the first buildings in the nation to have galleries, theaters and classrooms for the pursuit of art,” she said. “One of my favorite facts about her, though, is her role in establishing the nursing program. As a nursing major, I don’t know where I would be without Sr. Madeleva and her accomplishments while president. She truly molded Saint Mary’s into the great place it is today.”Sunday, the College held an event in the Student Center Lounge to celebrate her poetry and life. English professor Sr. Eva Hooker selected and read nine poems from one of Wolff’s collections, including famous poems “Apology for Youth” and “Song of Bedlam Inn.”“These nine poems in some way read Sr. Madeleva as I knew her through the years both as a student and as a young sister,” Hooker said. “She was president when I came here as a first-year student in 1958, and she retired from the College not too long after that. She would come over on Sunday afternoons and read poetry to us, and I got the privilege of walking her back and forth between one side of the campus and the other.“She was always the person who best represented Saint Mary’s.”After the reading, College archivist John Kovach shared a variety of memorabilia belonging to Wolff, including her college scrapbook, old photographs and many of her letters, McSorley said.“John also played a recording of Sr. Madeleva reading her own poetry, which I really enjoyed,” McSorley said. “It was great to be able to hear her poems spoken by her own voice. I have always been a fan of her poetry, and I was glad other students could hear it, too.”Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney said Wolff is still widely studied, read and even quoted today.“She is truly legendary,” Mooney said. “She was an internationally acclaimed poet and brought a great deal of recognition to Saint Mary’s through her connections around the world. Many refer to those as the ‘golden years.’“I was an English major during my years as a student and of course, I have read all of her books and biographies. I admire her work ethic and love for Saint Mary’s very much.”Wolff set Saint Mary’s course as the leading Catholic women’s college in the country, and she truly cared about the students, Mooney said.“In fact, she ate dinner with them in Reignbeaux Lounge regularly,” she said. “She is also rumored to have stood on her balcony (her bedroom was in the southeast corner of LeMans) to watch the young women coming home from their dates. “She also was responsible for much of the beauty of our campus, working with the head gardener at the time to bring as many species of plants and trees to campus as possible. She was a believer in the presence of God in nature.”Vice President of the Division for Mission Sr. Veronique Wiedower said Wolff is also responsible for inspiring students to expand their worldviews while remaining firmly rooted in the Catholic and Holy Cross heritage.“Sr. Madeleva was, as she says of herself, a person who dreamed and then worked hard to make her dreams come to fruition,” Wiedower said. “She believed that women needed to be immersed in a global reality and worked hard to bring the world to Saint Mary’s.“Her promise to the students of her day was one of discovering the universe and one’s place in it. That is still true for the College today.”Wolff’s legacy can still be seen throughout the College, Wiedower said.“[It’s in] the beauty of the campus, in the curriculum that embraces the liberal arts and professional arts, and in the excellence of our faculty; in our dedication to study abroad and global studies and environmental studies,” she said.Wiedower said she hopes she can be equally committed to her ministry and find the time to nourish both her own religious life and love for music.“The thing I personally find most inspiring about Sr. Madeleva was her ability to stay true to herself in whatever circumstances she found herself. “She would have loved to focus solely on the artistic and aesthetic aspects of her life — her poetry, her love of nature, her delight in travel, her love of religious life — and yet she gave over 30 years to administration because she believed in the mission of education.”Student body president Kat Sullivan said the students today acknowledge Wolff’s motivational legacy in many of the College’s courses and in daily life.“I was a teaching assistant for an English class of mostly freshmen with Professor Laura Haigwood last year called ‘Saint Mary’s Women,’” Sullivan said. “We studied Sr. Madeleva’s biography and analyzed her poetry, and it was interesting to see how different she was from the other sisters of her time. She’s still very much a part of our curriculum and inspires our students to follow their beliefs, despite what anyone else says.”For Sullivan, the greatest way to honor Wolff as a Saint Mary’s woman is to try to make a difference in the world.“I think each student should model what they do on the mission statement.,” she said. “It’s no secret that Saint Mary’s women are prepared to make a difference in the world, and that’s an exact reflection of what Sr. Madeleva embodied.“I think modeling yourself after the Saint Mary’s mission while also creating your own mission is what each student can do to honor Sr. Madeleva.”Since 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Wolff’s death, Saint Mary’s professors Susan Baxter and Haigwood are currently working on a play showcasing her life and legacy, set to be released in March, McSorley said.“In the words of Sr. Madeleva, ‘We [at Saint Mary’s] promise you discovery: the discovery of yourselves, the discovery of the universe, and your place in it.’” McSorely said. “Because of Sr. Madeleva, there is no place else in the world I’d rather discover myself.”Tags: Heritage Week, SMC Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series exploring the unique characteristics of the Saint Mary’s alumnae, leaders and places on campus in honor of the College’s annual Heritage Week.This week marks Saint Mary’s annual celebration of Heritage Week, a time for students to reflect on the rich tradition of the College. One of the most important figures in the College’s history is Sr. Madeleva Wolff, a woman who embodied the College’s four core values of spirituality, learning, community and justice, junior Grace McSorley said.
Viewing injustices through the lens of those who endure mistreatment can help realities click and breakthroughs come into focus, Sister Mary Turgi said at a panel discussion about the Sisters of the Holy Cross, which took place in Rice Commons on Thursday.Turgi said her role as director of the Holy Cross International Justice Office affords her the rewarding opportunity to attend to relevant societal issues and develop action strategies.“[The Sisters of the Holy Cross] have a very strong and long-standing commitment to working toward systemic change,” she said. “That tends to be where our congregation has done the most work.”The irrepressible desire to seek avenues for reform, Turgi said, motivates her congregation to address issues such as human trafficking, climate change and immigration.“We have a number of corporate stands, one on water as a human right,” she said. “Even though I trained as a mathematician, most of my ministries in my 54 years in the congregation have been working in some form with social justice activities.”The Holy Cross International Justice Office, she said, has promoted what it considers to be worthy causes ever since its conception.“Back in the late 1990s, there was a movement among the congregation to bring some project together that would really, really force our unity and our working together, and a committee was set up to organize that,” Turgi said. “The idea of creating an office that would support the idea of justice surfaced very quickly, and after a lot of discussion and dialogue, they decided that that’s what they would do. … In total, we serve 20 countries in the world.”Senior Katherine Soper said she has observed firsthand the love and dedication that radiates throughout the Holy Cross community. As a first year, she joined an organization known as Friends with Sisters, which promotes bonding and camaraderie between students and sisters by allowing them to share conversations and meals.“For those of you who haven’t been over [to the convent] for dinner, it’s amazing,” she said. “You sit in that room, and you know you’re just surrounded by women of God who are doing everything that they can to support human dignity — which is, I believe, the bottom line of social justice.”The sisters’ support and encouragement, Soper said, led her to apply for the Uganda Summer Practicum — a service-oriented study abroad program that allows education and nursing majors to work alongside sisters in the Moreau Nursery and Primary School and the Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre.“My time in Uganda was eye-opening,” she said. “I saw the sisters going each and every day and giving their all and looking at those students in the eyes and believing in them and telling them ‘You don’t know what your future is. You don’t know what God’s plan is for you, but let’s take the first step right here by learning two plus two.’”Senior Therese Dudro also partook in the Uganda Summer Practicum, though she assisted Holy Cross nurses at the health clinic — an opportunity she said she learned of during the first tour she took of Saint Mary’s and one that swayed her college decision.“I just knew that I wanted to do that,” Dudro said. “[The sisters] don’t ask for anything in return. They just do it out of love because they know Christ’s love, and they want to share it with everyone.”Dudro said observing the sisters’ grace and compassion under all circumstances showed her how to embrace the unexpected.“Every day, [the sisters] walk into that clinic, and they don’t know the challenges that they’re going to be faced with, but they face them with smiles on their faces, and they just exude love wherever they go,” Dudro said. “They fight for all their patients.”The sisters exemplified selflessness and recognition of a common humanity, Dudro said. “We had some patients whose families could not afford the care that we were giving, but the sisters do not care,” she said. “They said ‘No, your child is getting this treatment. You’re not going anywhere. We don’t care what you’re going to say. We’re going to treat the patient.’”Soper said the sisters’ influence was not solely academic or medical, for their spiritual example resonated with the students too.“I’ve never seen anyone pray as hard as those students do,” she said. “The joy they show in their faces while they’re praying was very inspiring and makes the work that the sisters are doing and that Saint Mary’s students are able to experience there worth it.”Tags: Friends with Sisters, Kyembogo Holy Cross Health Centre, Moreau Nursery and Primary School, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Uganda Summer Practicum
The Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and numerous Notre Dame choral groups will perform at the Beethoven Festival tonight at 8 p.m. in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Fr. Edward Sorin’s birthday.The Notre Dame Glee Club along with the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir and Notre Dame Celebration Choir, a total of more than 200 singers, are scheduled to perform several pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven. Pianist and artist-in-residence Daniel Schlosberg will substitute John Blacklow as the soloist.According to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website, the program consists of movements from Symphony No. 8, Choral Fantasy and Mass in C major.Basilica director of music Andrew McShane and professor Daniel Stowe, the conductor of the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and Glee Club director, began preparation for the concert in August. McShane said the biggest challenge was assembling and coordinating the sheer number of musicians involved in the festival, approximately 250 vocalists and instrumentalists combined.Stowe said he will direct Symphony No. 8 and Choral Fantasy, while McShane will direct the Mass in C major.Karen Schneider-Kirner, director of the Notre Dame Celebration Choir, said Beethoven’s pieces are well suited for large forces, and the festival was feasible since there are many student musicians within the Notre Dame community.“It’s a way for our students to hear the same texts we proclaim now at Mass, set musically by one of the greatest composers who ever lived, and we’ll be singing it in the original German,” Schneider-Kirner said. “It will also feature soloists, members of the Notre Dame community from Campus Ministry, our music department and the Masters in sacred music program.”The choirs rehearsed the pieces separately at the beginning of the semester and began rehearsing together in October. McShane and Schneider-Kirner said both of their choirs dedicated numerous hours each week to concert rehearsal.Schneider-Kirner said it was a challenge to add the extra rehearsal time on top of her choir’s liturgical responsibilities around campus. The Women’s Liturgical Choir performs at the weekly Saturday Vigil Mass, including Mass after home football games.Paul Kearney, president of the Notre Dame Glee Club, said it was a challenge to prepare for the concert while simultaneously preparing for the Glee Club’s fall tour and concert and their Christmas concerts in December.Those interested in attending the event can purchase regular admission tickets for $10 and student tickets for $5.Schneider-Kirner said the money will cover expenses incurred by the concert, including rental fees for instrumental parts, music scores for the choir and operating expenses for the concert hall.“People should come out to see a great night of music that showcases the collaboration of several University choirs and the genius of Beethoven,” Kearney said.McShane said he hopes to see the show sell out with about a thousand attendees.“Members of the ND Community who attend will also be amazed, I think, at the high level of talent on our campus,” Schneider-Kirner said. “We have a lot to be proud of, and music is a powerful way to express the wonderful texts the choir will be proclaiming at the concert.“It’s music that speaks to the heart and soul, even though it was written over 200 years ago.”Tags: Beethoven Festival, Concert, Fr. Sorin, Notre Dame Celebration Choir, Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra, Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir
The Institute for Church Life (ICL) at the University of Notre Dame has launched Camino, an online faith formation program for Latino Catholics.Camino Program Director Esther Terry has developed Camino from its early stages, she said.“The program has been in the works for a long time and the pilot phase started in 2012,” Terry said. “The pilot phase started with just one course that was adapted from a course that we have in English.”According to its website, Camino is an online program of Catholic theology courses designed by University professors and leaders in Latino ministry. A facilitator, who must have a master’s degree in theology, instructs the course, which can last anywhere from four to seven weeks.Camino stems from Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP), a program developed in the early 1990s that aimed to provide high quality theology courses at affordable prices.“For a long time people had been taking these courses in English, and they had been receiving requests for courses in Spanish,” Terry said.On Camino’s website, Notre Dame professor of theology Fr. Virgil Alizondo said Camino is “a great way to use media and technology to give learning opportunities beyond the University.”The STEP program worked in collaboration with the SouthEast Pastoral Institute in Miami (SEPI) to develop Camino. Various dioceses are also involved with advertising the program to potential participants.“The people that take our courses are typically catechists, readers [and] serve in the music ministry,” Terry said. “[They] usually have some position in their parish and they want to have ongoing faith formation.”Terry said the program prides itself in the flexibility and accessibility of its courses. She said many of Camino’s participants live in rural areas or other places where learning resources in their native language are limited.“I think the flexibility of hours for taking an online course and the quality of what we are able to deliver in places where it would be very difficult for them to have this formation experience makes [this program] very important,” Terry said.Terry said she enjoys contributing to Camino.“It’s been so exciting to see people engage Scripture and engage the Catechism and see the sense of wonder and excitement that they have and how dignified they feel to be taking an online course with Notre Dame,” Terry said.Terry said her hope for Camino and other theological programs like it is that the intellectual resources at Notre Dame and other partners and affiliates are made available to an even more diverse group of people.“We want to share those resources with people in the pews, your average Catholics, and help them to see the beauty and the joy of our Catholic faith so that they can share that with others,” Terry said.Tags: Camino, Hispanic Catholics, ICL, Institute for Church Life, SEPI, SouthEast Pastoral Institute in Miami, STEP
Circle K, one of the largest service clubs on campus, has partnered with Flaherty Hall to start a new event this year called Electric Mile. For $5, participants can participate in a mile-long walk or run from Main Building to Flaherty Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and all proceeds will help the South Bend Center for the Homeless provide bus passes to the homeless.Senior Christina Kappil, the president of Circle K who has been coordinating the event, said the event is intended to demonstrate what a difference not having to walk everywhere would make in the lives of homeless people.“In the wintertime, they have to walk to their jobs,” she said. “They have to walk miles and miles each day. This would alleviate that — especially in the winter — [so] that they can get to their jobs and help them get to a better place in their life.”aSince the event is neon-themed, Circle K and Flaherty will be providing free glow sticks — as well as free hot chocolate and donuts — and they recommend that students wear their hall apparel. The event will end with a reception that will include music and food in the Flaherty courtyard, and a representative from the Center for the Homeless will speak about how the money will be used and what the center does.Kappil said Circle K leaders had the idea to start the event after a club member discovered the Center for the Homeless needed bus passes, but did not have the budget to cover them.“That was coincidentally when Flaherty Hall was opening,” she said. “We had partnered with Knott Hall to do various events, so we thought we could do this with a woman’s dorm.”Kappil said she has liked working with the women of Flaherty Hall, since the groups have different resources and ideas.“Meeting new people and having a vision together and seeing it implemented is a really cool aspect of planning it,” she said.Her favorite part of the event, though, will be knowing the money is directed toward a good cause, Kappil said, and she hopes the two groups can repeat the event next year.“If Flaherty wants to continue and actually make this their signature event, we would love to work with them,” Kappil said. “Ideally we could continue working with them in the future.”Circle K and Flaherty are expecting about 150 participants and hope to raise $900 from Electric Mile, which will take place outside — regardless of the weather — in solidarity with the homeless, Kappil said.“It’s a fun event, but it’s supposed to be in solidarity for the residents,” she said. “There is no rain date — it’s rain or shine. That’s part of walking in solidarity with these people who have to walk in tough conditions to get to work.”Tags: Circle K, Electric Mile, flaherty hall, South Bend Center for the Homeless
Saint Mary’s juniors gave their moms a glimpse into their college lives during this past weekend with the college’s annual Junior Moms Weekend. The weekend began Friday with a reception, where juniors and their moms received a t-shirt with the slogan “I got it from my momma.”Later that night, moms and daughters participated in karaoke night at O’Rourke’s Public House on Eddy Street, junior Meredith Mackowicz said. “Karaoke is always fun, and this weekend was no exception, even though it was packed everyone had a great time,” Mackowicz said.For junior Brianna Foley, her favorite part of the weekend was karaoke.“It was a fun and relaxed time with our moms. Moms and daughters were able to mingle with each other and sing to some good songs,” Foley said.The next day, juniors and their moms could shop and browse clothing at a trunk show, which included brands such as Beyond Zen, Gina Marie Skincare and Vintage Charm, class council representative senior Delaney Gilbert said. Gilbert helped plan the weekend.Mackowicz said introducing her mom to her friends at school was a unique opportunity.“When I was in high school, all of my friends’ families knew each other, and were able to connect and form friendships with one another, and I think parents weekends are a great way to do that,” she said. ”Plus, with [Saint Mary’s] being an all women’s college, it’s important to show love to the strong women who raised us, because we wouldn’t be who we are without them.”Saturday also included a mass and dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn, which concluded the weekend.“I wish it went through Sunday, just because I’m always up for more time with my mom. But, for the price we pay, I think a final Sunday brunch with the moms would be awesome, even if it was just DH,” Mackowicz said. Mackowicz said attending mass with her mom was a good opportunity to bond and reflect.“It was just a really special experience. It was nice to take a little break and be thankful for such a good weekend together,” she said.Foley said she enjoyed letting her mom peek into her life as a college student. “I think it is a good time for moms to come to see their children at school, the school to appreciate students’ parents and a good time for parents to meet other students’ parents,” she said. “My mom really was able to see what it was like to be a Belle this weekend.”Tags: Junior Moms Weekend, parents, saint mary’s