"This college cannot fail to succeed…Before long , it will develop on a large scale…It will be one of the most powerful means for good in this country." - Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., in a letter to Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., dated December 5, 1842, nine days after founding the University of Notre Dame du Lac. Photo by Barbara Johnston / Copyright University of Notre Dame.