“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”
SATURDAY, MAY 16th
9:30 p.m.: Adoration Begins In On-Campus Chapel Location: Coleman-Morse Building (Chapel of Notre Dame Our Mother) – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place throughout the night in an on-campus chapel. Students, parents, alumni, church groups, Catholic clubs, and pro-life organizations will be asked to sponsor an hour of prayer during this all-night vigil. Bishop D’Arcy has confirmed that he will be in attendance at the beginning of this vigil.
SUNDAY, MAY 17th
10:45 a.m.: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Location: Coleman-Morse Building (Chapel of Notre Dame Our Mother) – Those arriving on campus the morning of May 17th are encouraged to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament praying for the senior class, for the University of Notre Dame, and for a greater respect for life around the world. Eucharistic Adoration will come to an end with Benediction led by a Holy Cross priest.
11:15 a.m. : Sunday Mass Location: South Quad (near the Rockne Memorial) – An outdoor Mass will be celebrated on-campus for all those who have traveled to Notre Dame for this weekend to stand alongside the University’s students. All priests, Bishops, and Cardinals who travel to Notre Dame for this weekend are invited to concelebrate this Mass.
12:30 p.m.: Rally On The Quad Location: South Quad (near the Rockne Memorial) – Following Sunday Mass, a rally affirming the uniquely Catholic and pro-life foundation of Notre Dame will take place on South Quad. This rally will feature speakers with strong connections to the University who embrace Notre Dame’s Catholic identity and hold it to a higher standard of conduct that demands defending the fundamental human right to life. Speakers confirmed to address those gathered on South Quad include:
–Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ; ND ’89, Principal of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA.
–Elizabeth Naquin Borger; ND ’78, Former Chairman of the Board of the Women’s Care Center. –
-Dr. David Solomon; Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame; W.P. and H.B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture; Chair of the steering committee for the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life.
— Rev. Wilson Miscamble, CSC; ND ’77 (M.A.), ’80 (Ph.D.), ’87 M.Div.), Professor of History at University of Notre Dame.
— Lacy Dodd, ND ’99; Room at the Inn, Board of Directors.
2:00 p.m.: Class Of 2009 Vigil For Life Location: Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes – At the conclusion of the Rally, those supporters in attendance will be urged to join seniors who have decided not to attend graduation at a prayer vigil on campus. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be leading a Scriptural Rosary during this prayer vigil.
3:45 pm Final Blessing And Departure of Travelers
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