A special collection in honor of Blessed Brother André Bessette will be taken up in Notre Dame Stadium during the second quarter of the Notre Dame-Western Michigan football game on Saturday (Oct. 16).
The collection will support ongoing efforts of the University of Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross to help rebuild Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January.
Celebrated for his own service to the sick and needy, Blessed Brother André, who died in 1937, is the first member of Notre Dame’s founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross, to be proclaimed a saint. He will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome on Sunday (Oct. 17).
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will lead a delegation from Notre Dame to the Roman ceremony. Other Notre Dame representatives in attendance will be provost Thomas G. Burish; Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., associate vice president and counselor to the president; and Matthew Ashley, chair of Notre Dame’s theology department.
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