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Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives

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History

 

"As our nation continues to struggle with the morality and legality of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and related issues, we must seek steps to witness to the sanctity of life."  Rev. John I. Jenkins, September 2009

Following upon the work of the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life of 2009-2010, the University of Notre Dame announced the creation of a new Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives.

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives is a collaborative effort of the Institute for Church Life (ICL) and Notre Dame’s Office of the President. The office was created as part of the final recommendations of the Task Force and works, among other things, on the implementation of the recommendations developed by the Task Force and approved by University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., in January 2010.

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives is housed under the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life (ICL). As a collaborative effort of the ICL and the Office of the President, the Office is dedicated to broadening and deepening the pro-life culture in and among various constituencies in order to strengthen the Notre Dame community’s witness to Catholic teaching on life.

The Office was created in August 2010 as part of the final recommendations of the Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life, which was co-chaired by ICL’s director, John C. Cavadini, in the 2009–2010 academic year. At that time, University President Rev. John I Jenkins, C.S.C., appointed Mary K. Daly, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, to serve as the Office's immediate director.

While continuing to implement the March 2010 recommendations of the task force and with the assistance of a faculty advisory committee, the Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives director seeks to determine new ways in which the University can strengthen and manifest its own commitment to a culture of life across campus and in partnership with other members of the Notre Dame family.

 

University of Notre Dame publications relevant to the Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives:

Institutional Statement Supporting the Choice for Life

University of Notre Dame Principles for Charitable Giving

Task Force for Supporting the Choice for Life Recommendations