Notre Dame Magazine
You might say Rev. Edward Sorin, CSC, initiated the first service project at Notre Dame when he dispatched the University’s priests to serve as chaplains—and Holy Cross sisters to serve as nurses—for the Union Army in the Civil War. There was a group in need, and the Notre Dame community addressed it.
Yes, even back then, there was more to Notre Dame than academics and spirituality. While those are the cornerstones of the University, Notre Dame’s dedication to service is the cement that holds it all together. In fact, service is not just part of the University’s mission, it is its mission. As its mission statement reads: “The University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings, but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”
So it comes to no surprise that, when the call went out asking the Notre Dame family to participate in service projects as part of the “Father Ted Month of Service,” hundreds responded. The initiative, put in place to celebrate the 90th birthday of President Emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, in May 2007, inspired Notre Dame alumni and friends all across the country to give, donate, build, as well as teach, feed and support tens of thousands of people all in his honor.
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