Michael O. Garvey | August 23, 2016
The new Notre Dame Center at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, will be dedicated on Aug. 25 (Thursday) with a Mass in the abbey’s Gothic Chapel, an academic convocation and a blessing of the center’s headquarters in Kylemore’s Saint Joseph Hall.
Thomas G. Burish, the University of Notre Dame’s Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, will preside at the convocation, during which honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred on Sister Máire Hickey, abbess of the Benedictine Community at Kylemore, and Justice Peter Kelly, president of Ireland’s High Court.
Opened last May, the Notre Dame Center at Kylemore offers programs in a wide variety of academic disciplines blending the scholarly rigor of Notre Dame with the abbey’s traditional Benedictine spirituality. Housed in what was formerly a boarding school as well as the home of the Benedictine nuns, the center significantly expands Notre Dame’s network of five Global Gateways — located in Dublin, Beijing, Jerusalem, London and Rome — which provide academic and intellectual hubs where scholars, students and leaders from universities, government, business and community gather to discuss, discover and debate issues of topical and enduring relevance.