Bill Gangluff | December 14, 2017
The Notre Dame Alumni Association announces the creation of The Chuck and Joan Lennon Gospel of Life Initiative, a set of programs aimed at activating the University’s robust clubs network to be forces for good in upholding the value of life at all stages. The initiative was co-created with Chuck Lennon, who served as associate vice president of University Relations and executive director of the association for 31 years, and his wife, Joan. Lennon retired in 2011.
In concert with the Catholic Church's longstanding defense of all human life, the Gospel of Life Initiative seeks to provide support to vulnerable populations around the world. Groups such as the unborn and their families, the elderly and terminally ill, immigrants and refugees, the disabled, the imprisoned, the poor, and all whose human dignity is at risk may be served by this initiative.
A portion of the Chuck and Joan Lennon Endowment for Excellence is funding the initiative. The endowment was established by Chuck Lennon's family and friends in 2007 at his 25th anniversary of leading the association and further strengthened in 2011 by his classmates during his 50-year Reunion. The fund will continue to support other alumni programming for years to come.
“We in the association are so thankful that Chuck and Joan’s legacy of service to the vulnerable in the name of Notre Dame continues to blossom,” said Dolly Duffy, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and associate vice president for University Relations. “The Chuck and Joan Lennon Gospel of Life Initiative is a beautiful testament to Chuck and Joan’s commitment to upholding the sanctity of human life.”