Dennis Brown | January 9, 2019
Established in 1999, the Center for Ethics and Culture has long been part of the University of Notre Dame’s wider efforts to share the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research and dialogue, both on campus and in the wider public square.
Now, thanks to a transformative $10 million gift from Anthony and Christie de Nicola of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, the center is poised to expand its work forming and mentoring Notre Dame students, engaging in interdisciplinary programming and research, and promoting a culture of life worldwide through teaching, exchange and service.
“For two decades, the Center for Ethics and Culture has played a critical role in fostering dialogue both on our campus and in our broader society, especially around issues involving human dignity and the common good,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “This tremendously generous gift from Tony and Christie will allow us to expand the reach of the center. We at Notre Dame are truly grateful.”
O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the newly named de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, added: “Tony and Christie have been instrumental in supporting the center throughout my tenure as director; their vision, commitment and generosity are the sine qua non of the center’s growth and success. The staff and fellows of the de Nicola Center are honored and humbled by their gift and are excited to continue our work in service to Our Lady’s University and its distinctive mission as the world’s preeminent Catholic university.”
As parents of two recent Notre Dame alumni, Tony and Christie de Nicola have a long involvement with the University and are generous philanthropists to numerous organizations.
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