Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C


Theodore Martin Hesburgh, Fr. Ted as he is lovingly monikered, was born May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York. By age six he had received his calling in life and wanted to become a priest. In 1943, he was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross at Sacred Heart Church at The University of Notre Dame. Throughout his life Fr. Ted had a fascination for aviation as well. Years later, Father Ted’s calling and his love of aviation intersected, providing him with the opportunity to be a passenger on an Air Force jet that matched the speed of a bullet.

Considered one of the most influential figures in higher education of the 20th century, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., was invited to deliver commencement addresses around the world. According to Guinness World Records, Father Hesburgh has garnered more honorary degrees than any other person being recognized with 150 from 1954 to 2002. He served popes and U.S. presidents; directed the boards of banks, foundations, and international commissions; and worked globally for peace and justice. Father Ted’s response to his extraordinary life of leadership and service were from his calling to become a Catholic priest.

This February 26 th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C,. He passed at the age of 97 and his life and memory was honored and celebrated on Notre Dame’s campus and beyond in March 2015. As we continue to remember, honor, and celebrate the President emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, where he served for 35 years, our campus and community will host special events in Fr. Ted’s honor.

WNIT will air the television program “Requiem for a Legend: Remembering Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 and again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26.

All are invited to attend the Father Hesburgh Memorial Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Music will be performed by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir, Celebration Choir, Basilica Schola, and Coro Primavera. Words of remembrance will also be offered by Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., religious superior of Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame and a longtime friend of Father Hesburgh. The free concert will be streamed live online here.

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Your Fighting Irish Class of 2016


Notre Dame Football announced the following student-athletes as members of the Class of 2016 today.

  • Javon McKinley
  • D.J. Morgan
  • Spencer Perry
  • Julian Okwara
  • Jalen Elliott
  • Tommy Kraemer
  • Donte Vaughn
  • Ian Book
  • John Shannon
  • Khalid Kareem
  • Liam Eichenberg
  • Parker Boudreaux
  • Chase Claypool
  • Julian Love
  • Adetokunbo Ogundeji
  • Deon McIntosh
  • Tony Jones Jr.
  • Daelin Hayes
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Troy Pride Jr.
  • Kevin Stepherson
  • Devin Studstill
  • Logan Plantz

For player bios and high school videos, please check out

Welcome to Notre Dame! Go Irish!

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2016 National Signing Day

Live Coverage


On February 3rd, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly will hold his signing day press conference at 1 p.m. EST in the Isban Auditorium of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, which will also be carried live for free on and WatchND

The “Fighting Irish Board” will go live on at 7 a.m. EST with all-day coverage of up-to-the minute announcements of official letters of intent. Notre Dame’s live signing day show goes on the air at 7 a.m. at WatchND with former Irish captain Joe Schmidt.

The most up-to-the-minute updates can also be found on social media by following @NDFootball on Twitter and Facebook, NDFBrecruiting on Instagram and ndirish on Snapchat with the hashtag #JoinTheF16ht.

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Coach Brian Kelly

Kelly to coach through 2021 Football Season


Coach Brian Kelly, the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame and the winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, has agreed to terms on a new six-year agreement that runs through the 2021 season.

“I want to thank Father Jenkins (University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.) and the leadership of Notre Dame for their confidence in me,” Kelly said in a statement released by Notre Dame. “I coach football because I believe there are few better avenues for impacting the lives of young men, and I am certain that there is no better place to do that than the University of Notre Dame. During the next six years I look forward to continuing to lead a championship caliber program, but more importantly I look forward to continuing to help the student-athletes I coach to achieve greatness as football players, as students and as men who will make a difference in families, communities and organizations they will someday lead.”

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2016 Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic

Lou Holtz To Serve As A Guest Speaker


Former University of Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will serve as a guest speaker at the 2016 University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly, along with Notre Dame assistant coaches and additional guest speakers will also give presentations at the clinic, which is scheduled for April 14 to 16, 2016.

Registration is now available online for the Coaches Clinic. Here is the tentative schedule for the 2016 Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic.

April 16th will also feature the Blue Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Reese's Senior Bowl


Practice for Reese’s Senior Bowl begins Tuesday, Jan. 26th in Mobile, Alabama for Notre Dame football players; center Nick Martin and defensive lineman Sheldon Day. They will wear their respective Irish uniform numbers, Martin with 72 and Day with 91. All practices are free and open to the public, fans are encouraged to enter from the East Stands of Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The annual all-star showcase game is on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network, live from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Congratulations to Nick and Sheldon as they represent Notre Dame and Team 127 in the 67th Reese’s Senior Bowl, joining former Irish football players who have participated in the Senior Bowl in each of the last 11 years. Be sure to check out the events in Mobile this week leading up to the game and for additional Reese’s Senior Bowl details, including opportunities to meet the players on Friday, Jan.29th.

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Walk the Walk Week

Throughout Walk the Walk Week, events will be celebrated across campus in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
6 to 8 p.m. — Center for Social Concerns Service Fair (highlighting local not-for-profit organizations, service and social action clubs)
Auditorium, Rooms B034 and B036, Geddes Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 20
12:30 p.m. — Civil Rights Then and Now: African Americans and Latinos
Limited seating, contact for reservations (required).
Private dining room, Morris Inn

5:15 p.m. — Mass, Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

8 p.m. — Film screening of “Selma” (2014)
With reflections from Selma march participant Rev. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., professor emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies.
Free, but ticketed.
Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Thursday, Jan. 21
2 to 4 p.m. — Unity Summit
Monogram Room, Joyce Center

7 p.m. — Camille A. Brown & Dancers
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Friday, Jan. 22
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Space for Writing Your Stories
An afternoon of preserving and sharing our stories.
O’Shaughnessy Galleries, Snite Museum of Art

7 p.m.— Camille A. Brown & Dancers
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

For additional details, please refer to the Office of the President’s Diversity and Inclusion website.

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MLK Walk the Walk

Tribute to the Life and Legacy

photos courtesy of Matt Cashore

In tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. students, faculty and staff walked out of the Main Building after a midnight prayer service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This marks the inaugural event of a campus-wide Walk the Walk Week observance, during which students, faculty and staff have been asked to reflect on the values central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the mission of Notre Dame.

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Martin Luther King Jr.


In tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. there will be celebrations throughout Notre Dame today, in memory and honor of his birthday. This famous photo, taken on July 21, 1964, at a civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, shows Father Theodore Hesburgh together with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., singing “We Shall Overcome.”

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Martin Luther King Jr.

In tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. there will be celebrations across Notre Dame on Monday, January 18th.

Midnight March and Prayer Service
Participants can pick up candles on the west side of the Hesburgh Library near the Moses statue at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, before proceeding to the reflecting pool to await the start of the march.
Following the march: Enjoy a special breakfast at South Dining Hall.
Sponsored by the President’s Office and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
12 a.m. from the Hesburgh Library reflecting pool to the Grotto

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon
Ticket required for entry. Shuttle transportation will be available; route and pick-up times coming soon.
Sponsored by the President’s Office and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
11:30 a.m. in the Joyce Center North Dome

Community-Building Lunches
Student, faculty, or staff Notre Dame ID required for entry.
Sponsored by the President’s Office and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
11:30 a.m. in North and South Dining Halls

Lecture: “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Question of “Illegal Laws”: Civil Law, Justice, and Morality”
Led by Rev. Dominic Legge, O.P.
Sponsored by The Tocqueville Program, Constitutional Studies Minor and Food Services
Noon in the Oak Room (second floor), South Dining Hall

Celebration Mass
With Voices of Faith Gospel Choir
Sponsored by the President’s Office and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Black Lives Matter: The Hashtag Behind the New Civil Rights Movement
Featuring Black Lives Matter movement co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
Sponsored by Multicultural Students Programs and Services, Gender Relations Center, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Notre Dame Student Government, Department of Africana Studies and Division of Student Affairs.
7 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall

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Martin Luther King Jr. Tributes and Events

The New Civil Rights: A Series of Events to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Beginning today through Monday, January 18th on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. there will be free events that are open to the public as part of Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ (MSPS) MLK Study of Race Series.

Interrace Forum: “The Movements Then & Now”
Join us as we dine and discuss the similarities and differences of the civil rights movement led by Dr. King and today’s Black Lives Matter Movement. RSVP with Ashley Lunford at required.
Wednesday, Jan. 13; 5:30 p.m. in the McNeill Room, (Room 116) LaFortune Student Center

Community Art Project with Alfred University’s Art Force 5
Join MSPS and Art Force 5 to create part of what will be a tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the McNeill Room, (Room 116) LaFortune Student Center
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 at one of the following locations:
    9 a.m. to noon at McKenna Hall
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dooley Room (Room 102), LaFortune Student Center
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in North or South Dinning Hall
    1 to 5 p.m. in Mendoza College of Business
  • Friday, Jan. 15; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room (Room 202), LaFortune Student Center

Lunch and Workshop: “Art & Social Justice”
This free lunch and workshop, presented by Art Force 5, will cover how art can help promote social justice. RSVP with Ashley Lunford via email at required.
Friday, Jan. 15; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room (Room 202), LaFortune Student Center

Lecture “Mobile Shakespeare” (Part of the Folio Fridays Lecture Series)
Presented by Elliott Visconsi, chief academic digital officer.
Friday, Jan. 15; 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Rare Books and Special Collections room (main floor) of the Hesburgh Library

A Little Taste of Peace
Join in the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and a kick-off for the study circles on race. People from all racial, cultural and religious backgrounds are invited. Please bring a dessert or a finger food to share (no pork, please) and participate in a conversation on current problems and solutions that can help build Dr. King’s dream. RVSP: Amanda at 574-233-9491, ext. 316 by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. Cosponsored by the Center for Social Concerns. More information.
Saturday, Jan. 16; 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at The Beacon, 4210 Lincolnway West, South Bend

For additional information, please refer to the Notre Dame home page or calendar of events.

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Holy Half 2016


Annually held in the spring of each year, the Holy Half Marathon tradition began in 2004. A few students wanted to see if they could run 13.1-miles and decided to make a campus race. That year, about eighty runners participated, raising $1,000 for the Louis J. Acompora Foundation. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, proceeds from the consecutive Holy Half Marathons were donated to relief efforts in New Orleans. As the race garnered followers both on campus and nationwide, the number of participants and the amount of money raised for charity continued to grow.

In 2011, the Holy Half turned its attention to the surrounding area of South Bend. The campaign elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from locals, prompting a shift in focus to a new partnership with the adjacent community. From 2011-2014, the Holy Half Marathon raised over $140,000 for various South Bend organizations. In 2014, the race was expanded to include 1,500 runners. For the 2015 race, we are excited to support La Casa de Amistad and St. Margaret’s House.

Now in their twelfth year, The 2016 Holy Half will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Both half marathon (13.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) races are available. The course runs along the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame passing iconic attractions including the Golden Dome, Grotto, Touchdown Jesus mural, and lakes. There is a strict cap of 1,500 runners.

The half marathon will begin at 9am. The 10K will begin at 9:15am. The start/finish line is at the Stepan Center, located on the northeast corner of campus.

Raceday parking will be available in the D2 North Lot as well as the Bulla Road Lot. See ‘Parking’ tab for more information.

For more information or to register before the race reaches capacity of 1500 runners, visit the Holy Half Website!

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2015 FBS College Football Stadium Experience

Notre Dame Stadium Ranked #1


For the second year in a row, Notre Dame Stadium, home of the Fighting Irish has ranked #1 in the 2015 FBS college football stadium experience. Stadium Journey Magazine, publishes reviews of sports stadiums from around the world. Their stadium rankings rate which stadiums provide the best overall game day experience for fans. Stadium Journey Magazine ranks each stadium on food & beverage inside the stadium, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the stadium resides, the fans, access to and inside the stadium, and overall return on investment.

For the full article on Notre Dame Stadium and a full list of the stadiums ranked visit Stadium Journey Magazine

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Blue Gold Game


Notre Dame’s Blue Gold Game, the Irish’s annual spring football game is scheduled for April 16, 2016 with kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET at Notre Dame Stadium.

Stay tuned for ticket information!

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