Meg Mirshak | August 19, 2017
The eighth annual “Saturdays with the Saints” lecture series sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will feature seven saints whose lives give witness to the idea that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men.” (1 Cor. 1:25)
The lectures will be held on Saturdays of home Notre Dame football games combining the university’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited football game days. Notre Dame theology faculty and McGrath Institute staff will deliver dynamic lectures on saints chosen for their uncommon virtue and their willingness to let their faith stand in contradiction to the wisdom of the world.
“The saints are those who stretch our imagination. Through the medium of their lives, they interpret the mystery of the Christian faith,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. “In the lives of the saints, we see a light that leads us closer to faith, hope, and love and that challenges common fascinations with pride, desperation, violence, and force.”
Saturdays with the Saints has established itself as a popular pregame ritual for members of the Notre Dame community and visitors to campus. The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Andrews Auditorium on the lower level of Geddes Hall adjacent to Hesburgh Library. The talks are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the events tend to fill to capacity.
“The saints matter to everyone because love matters to everyone. People understand love,” said Tim O’Malley, managing director of the McGrath Institute and director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. “It is love that attracts, that woos, that changes the world. That same love is also what brings us together for Saturdays with the Saints.”