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University releases schedule of events to celebrate Fr. Hesburgh

| Saturday, February 28, 2015

A week of events on campus will celebrate the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, according to an email sent to students today from Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs.

A major memorial tribute will be held Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion, and tickets will be available for students Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Stepan Center. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and there is a limit of one ticket per student, the email said.

On Monday, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Basilica will be open for a night of remembrance and prayer from 7 to 9 p.m., the email said.

Public visitation will be open to all who wish to pay respects to Fr. Hesburgh on Tuesday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., according to the email. Undergraduate students will have designated visitation hours based on their residence halls, but students are not restricted to these specific hours, the email said. Hoffmann Harding advised that all other public visitation hours could have a lengthy line for entry and asked that attendees allow time to clear security and proceed through the Basilica.

An invitation-only wake service will be held in the Basilica on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the email said, but will be live-streamed on the web and to various locations on campus.

Classes at Notre Dame will be canceled Wednesday after at 12:20 for the funeral Mass and memorial service.

A traditional Holy Cross funeral Mass will be held for Fr. Hesburgh on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the email said. The Mass will be invitation-only but will also be live-streamed on the web and to various locations on campus.

Following the Mass, there will be a procession from the Basilica to the Holy Cross Community Cemetery. Students are encouraged to line the path the procession will take to pay their final respects to Fr. Hesburgh, the email said. Students will be receiving instructions from their residence halls to meet and participate in the event together, according to the email, while other students can gather on Bond Quad before the end of the funeral Mass to walk to the procession.

The ticketed memorial tribute will take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion and will be streamed live online and to various campus locations, the email said.

According to the email, graduate, professional and post-doctoral students will be able to watch the live-stream of the wake service, funeral Mass and memorial tribute in DeBartolo Hall, room 141. All students are able to watch the events live in the LaFortune Student Center main lounge and in their respective residence halls, the email said. Graduate students who reside in the Fischer O’Hara Grace Community Center can watch the live-streams of the events in the Fischer O’Hara Grace Community Center, the email said. University Village residents can watch the events in the Beichner Community Center, the email said. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to watch the funeral Mass and memorial tribute live from the Compton Family Ice Arena, according to the email.

For more information on the memorial events, visit http://hesburgh.nd.edu

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