Office of Public Affairs and Communications | November 28, 2017
Culminating a four-day visit to Ireland, University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. joined the Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, to inaugurate the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason here in the nation’s capital with a Mass at the historic Newman University Church.
Fr. Jenkins and Archbishop Martin, along with Rev. William Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs, and Rev. William Dailey, C.S.C., director of the Notre Dame-Newman Centre met earlier in the day at the Archbishop’s residence to discuss the aspirations for the center. At the Archbishop’s invitation, Notre Dame agreed last year to steward the historic church by establishing a center there designed to engage young professionals. The center is named for the church’s founder Blessed John Henry Newman.
Mass, followed by a Thanksgiving dinner for Notre Dame students and friends hosted by Martin and Carmel Naughton, was the capstone in a series of events that included a lecture last night by Irish scholar and Notre Dame theology professor Cyril O’Regan on Newman’s legacy; and the premiere of a new Mass by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy performed by the National Orchestra of Ireland.