New book describes Notre Dame through its people

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The Spirit of Notre Dame:Legends, Traditions, and Inspiration from One of Americas Most Beloved Universities,by Jeremy Langford and Jim Langford, is being published this month by Doubleday Books.

A compendium of stories and quotations from legendary and ordinary denizens ofAmericas most celebrated Catholic university, the Langfordsbook attempts to convey the unique quality,the lure and lore of Notre Dame that evokes admiration and respect.

The diverse members of the Notre Dame community portrayed and quoted inThe Spirit of Notre Dameinclude the Universitys founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C.; its iconic football coach, Knute Rockne; cinematically storied athletes like the Gipper and Rudy; national leaders such as the medical missionary Dr. Tom Dooley; Civil War chaplain and University president Rev. William Corby, C.S.C.; Notre Dames living presidents emeriti, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. and Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.; great teachers like Professors Frank OMalley, Thomas Stritch and Emil T. Hofman; and numerous less well-known men and women, the students, staff, friends and pilgrims who have left indelible impressions to what is sentimentally, but not inaccurately, calledthe Notre Dame family.

Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., praised the book for itsbeautiful renditions of the fruits borne in many peoples lives, simply recalling simple human joys even as they ‘wake up the echoesof the momentous ‘yesof Our Lady.

I thank all the people who contributed to this book and thus advanced the story-sharing work I want to encourage,Father Jenkins said.

Jim Langford, a 1959 Notre Dame alumnus and retired member of the Universitys faculty, was director of theUniversityofNotre Dame Pressfrom 1974to 1999. Jeremy Langford, his son, a 1992 alumnus, is executive editor of religious studies for Rowman&Littlefield and author and coeditor ofThe Journey to Peace.

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