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March for Life

Monday, Januray 20

5:15pm  Mass for the Feast of Bl. Basil Moreau (with a special intention for those traveling to the March for Life) - Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Tuesday, January 21

3:00pm  Diocesan Mass for Life, celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend - Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C.,

5:30-7:30pm  Notre Dame Alumni Association Reception for Life - The Hamilton (Old Ebitt Grill),

6:30pm  Vigil Mass for Life - Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 

Wednesday, January 22

10:00am  Mass at St. Agnes Church, Fr. John Jenkins C.S.C., principle celebrant,

11:15/11:30am  Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, and alumni will meet on the left side facing the March for Life rally stage across the Mall from Sculpture Garden; alongside Madison Drive. Students will be carrying a banner reading, "Notre Dame Right to Life."

12:00pm  Rally for Life, D.C. Mall

1:00pm  March for Life  

Human Dignity Lecture

The 2013 Human Dignity Lecture featured Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Theology and father of Liberation Theology. Access the lecture, Poverty and Human Dignity, here:


University Life Initiatives announces new program director

University Life Initiatives is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Keating as its new program director.  Keating, who graduated from the Notre Dame Master of Divinity program this past spring, succeeds founding director Mary Daly.  Prior to studying at Notre Dame, Keating taught high school theology for five years in rural South Dakota, where she also served as her department’s chair for two years.  She looks forward to continuing and expanding the intellectual and pastoral work of University Life Initiatives as the office strives to articulate a compelling vision of human dignity amid contemporary challenges. 


University Life Fellows Database now available

At the end of the 2012-2013 year, the ULI office hosted its first "Lessons for Life" symposium. The symposium introduced to the broader Notre Dame community the results of the University Life Fellows seminar. After a year of conversation about effective pedagogical approaches to selected human dignity/life-related issues, an online database has been established. The database features pedagogical materials pertinent to different topics in the panoply of pro-life concerns and suitable for inclusion in the classroom, whether as an entire course, a discrete unit within a course, or even a single class period. The database can be accessed here.

A new set of University Life Fellows will be selected each year for a new “round” of regular meetings, exploring new topics and building upon the pedagogical resources assembled by the members of the inaugural group of Fellows. Learn more about the University Life Fellows program. If you are interested in getting involved, contact the University Life Initiatives Office!









Sat Apr 5, 2014

Unexpected Pregnancy Counseling Training

Sat Apr 5, 2014, 10:30AM - 1:30PM

LaFortune, Notre Dame Room

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can be one of the most difficult challenges that a person can encounter. A person facing this challenge may reach out to you with questions on what to do or where to go. On Saturday April 5, Ellen Sommer, MS, will conduct a training sessions on how to positively support and respond to someone facing an unexpected pregnancy. Breakfast and lunch provided. Please RSVP by Thurs, April 3 to

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