Sue Lister | October 5, 2016
In November of 1842, Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., and seven Congregation of Holy Cross brothers traveled nearly 300 miles on foot from Vincennes, Indiana, to South Bend to establish the University of Notre Dame.
The Congregation of Holy Cross had received a gift of land in Indiana for the purpose of founding a school near the banks of the St. Joseph River. Father Sorin and his companions set out on their journey, determined to establish a school dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, which would, in Father Sorin’s prophetic words, “become a powerful means for good.”
In August 2017, to commemorate the University’s 175th anniversary, the University will recreate Father Sorin’s journey on the Notre Dame Trail. This physically challenging excursion, during which participants will walk a similar path as the one Father Sorin and his companions traversed, will also be an opportunity for reflection, prayer and pilgrimage.