What is going on at Notre Dame today? I started the morning with reading in the Coleman-Morse center, followed by History class and then lectures and lunch at what I affectionately call "the baby conference," sponsored by the Center for Children and Families.
There is an ISSLP information session this afternoon. ISSLP, or International Summer Service Learning Program, is a chance for Notre Dame students to serve the poor around the world. The information session should be well-attended since Notre Dame students love to travel and are passionate about service. ISSLP offers the best of both worlds.
When Father Jenkins became University president, one of his goals was to increase students' intellectual engagement on campus. To that end, he installed the Notre Dame Forum; it brings experts on major national issues to campus, where they discuss solutions in the light of Catholic teaching - a nice reminder that Catholicism is about the union of Faith and Reason. This year's Forum examines economics within the context of the papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate. The latest installment of The Forum is tonight.
Most Domers have heard of Father Sorin, Father Badin, and the other legendary priests who braved the frozen wilds of Indiana to found Our Lady's University in the 1800s. They were all members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, which serves Notre Dame to this day. The first Holy Cross saint will be canonized next week. To celebrate the canonization, students are invited to a Log Chapel Mass and a Procession in honor of Brother Andre this evening at 9 pm, in Corby Hall.
Thank you for reading and Go Irish!