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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

The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity 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 Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity is housed under the Notre Dame McGrath 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 M-ICL’s director, John C. Cavadini, in the 2009–2010 academic year. 

While continuing to implement the March 2010 recommendations of the task force and with the assistance of a faculty advisory committee, the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity 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.