Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Posted by Adriana Rivera on Jan 19, 2021 2:13:05 PM

Whether as a drive-by or as your intentional destination, chances are that, if you have ever been to the University of Notre Dame, you have been captivated at one point or another by the glistening light of candles that cast their shadows upon the inside walls of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Or, perhaps your attention goes directly to the statue tucked discreetly inside a relatively small niche on the upper right side of the striking stone structure.

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Topics: Marian Shrines, Notre Dame, pilgrimage, Marian devotion

Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: Corby Hall

Posted by Rev. Aaron Michka, C.S.C. on Dec 15, 2020 7:04:00 AM

Corby Hall is the primary residence for the priests and brothers who work at the University of Notre Dame. It is our home in the heart of campus. Most members of Corby Hall actually live in student residence halls, which means that Corby Hall is not a house in the typical sense. Instead of a shared roof, what brings the men of Corby Hall together is our practice of having prayer and meals in common. It is through our worship and fellowship that we are restored and renewed for our ministry at Notre Dame.  

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Topics: Holy Spirit, prayer, pilgrimage, community, Fr. Ted Hesburgh CSC

Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: Founder's Monument

Posted by Kristi Haas on Nov 17, 2020 11:57:32 AM

Hidden among tall trees and larger sites like the log chapel, the Grotto, and Old College is the Founder’s Monument, which commemorates the arrival of Fr. Edward Sorin and seven Holy Cross brothers in 1842. A statue of St. Joseph holding the child Jesus overlooks Saint Mary’s Lake. Across the pathway, a sign presents Fr. Sorin’s letter to Blessed Basil Moreau, sharing the joy of arrival and imagining what God, in his providence, might one day do with the gift of this place.

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Topics: pilgrimage, downloadable resources

Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: Old College

Posted by Andrew Fritz, CSC on Oct 27, 2020 7:06:00 AM

Built in 1843 by Fr. Sorin and seven Holy Cross Brothers, Old College is the oldest building on the Notre Dame campus. The simple brick structure has had many uses over the years, including a student dormitory, classrooms, a clothing room, a bakery, and even a dining hall. 

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Topics: Notre Dame, pilgrimage, downloadable resources, campus ministry

Sacred Sites of Notre Dame: The Log Chapel

Posted by Anna Bradley on Sep 29, 2020 7:06:00 AM

Built in 1831 as the headquarters for French missionaries working in northern Indiana, the Log Chapel was the first building on what is now Notre Dame’s campus. Fr. Sorin received the Log Chapel, along with the rest of the campus property, when he arrived in 1842. This one-room cabin with an attic served all of Notre Dame’s needs during its first year.

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Topics: liturgy, Notre Dame, pilgrimage, sacraments, downloadable resources

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