Michael O. Garvey | June 29, 2014
The University of Notre Dame’s Echo program will mark its 10th anniversary this weekend (June 27-29) with a campus reunion of its graduates, a dinner, and a Mass celebrated by Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C., rector of Dillon Hall, who once quipped of Echo’s graduates, “These people give Jesus a good name.”
Established in 2004 by Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL), Echo, a two-year service and master’s degree program, is intended to address a need for a new generation of catechetical leaders in the Catholic Church. While pursuing a Notre Dame master’s degree in theology, its participants also serve as apprentice ministers in parishes nationwide, living in small communities and sharing in the parish sacramental life. Most Echo graduates continue in professional ministry in parishes, Catholic high schools and dioceses, or in campus ministry at colleges and universities.