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You are Notre Dame

| Friday, August 22, 2014

I extend a warm welcome to all new and returning Notre Dame students. Whether you are arriving on campus for the first time or returning after a summer away, we are very glad you are here. 

As we celebrate the new academic year, I invite you to attend the campus-wide Opening Mass on Tuesday, August 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Joyce Center’s Purcell Pavilion. Please join me on this important occasion, as we gather as a community, welcome new members and ask God’s blessing on our endeavors this year. Following Mass, there will be a picnic on DeBartolo Quad, where music and entertainment are planned. All are welcome.

The University of Notre Dame’s mission is distinctive. We strive to offer an undergraduate education of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – that is second to none. We cultivate scholarly excellence, and we advance human understanding through top-tier research and post-baccalaureate programs. In all that we do, we ensure that the Catholic identity of Notre Dame informs our efforts.

As you know, the University has a rich history. Generations of Notre Dame graduates have been shaped by their experiences here, and they, in turn, have left their mark on the University. We invite you to do the same, to be part of Notre Dame’s present as well as its future. Individually and collectively, you have tremendous talents and gifts to share. I hope you will take every day, every place on this campus and every conversation with professors or classmates as an opportunity to engage, learn and grow. You are Notre Dame. 

Once again, welcome. I wish you every grace and blessing.

Fr. John Jenkins


University of Notre Dame

Aug. 21

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