Weather forecast prompts changes to midnight march, prayer service

Author: Dennis Brown

Walk the Walk Week

The University of Notre Dame has modified plans for Sunday’s (Jan. 17) midnight march and prayer service due to a forecast of strong winds, dangerous wind-chill conditions and significant snow accumulation.

Students, faculty, staff and guests will now gather inside the Main Building at midnight. The University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will lead a candlelit prayer service from the second-floor rotunda of the Main Building. Those attending the event should note the following details:

  • The doors of the Main Building will open at 11:30 p.m., and candles will be available for pickup on the south side of the building, near the main steps. Parking is available in the A9 lot behind the Main Building and Basilica.
  • Once the prayer service has concluded, those gathered will be invited to leave their lighted candles at the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue just south of the Main Building.
  • As previously announced, the South Dining Hall will serve breakfast immediately after the prayer service. All are welcome.

The prayer service is the inaugural event of a campus-wide Walk the Walk Week observance, during which students, faculty and staff have been asked to reflect on the values central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the mission of Notre Dame.

Other events planned for the day and week, including a celebration luncheon at the Joyce Center and community-building lunches at the North and South Dining Halls, will continue as planned. Visit for more information.