Thursday, April 11, 2019
On Thursday, May 2nd, the Lumen Christi Institute will host a panel discussion of Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.’s recent book, American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh.
I am delighted to serve as the moderator for this panel discussion. The panelists include the book’s author, Father Bill, together with long-time religion writer Ken Woodward, William T. Cavanaugh, a professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, and Jennifer Mason McAward, a professor at Notre Dame Law School and the director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.
When I was an undergraduate at Notre Dame in the early 1980s the joke was: “What’s the difference between God and Father Ted? . . . God is everywhere, and Father Ted is everywhere except Notre Dame.” Father Bill’s book covers the peripatetic life of the Holy Cross priest who raised Notre Dame from a minor Catholic college on the Indiana prairie whose greatest claim to fame was football, to a world-class university. In doing so Father Ted changed not only Notre Dame but Catholic higher education as a whole. But how and at what price?
The panel will address these and other matters on May 2nd in the conference room at Skadden Arps’ Chicago office, 155 N. Wacker Drive. Friends of MOJ and others interested persons are welcome to attend. Registration and additional information are available here.