Sorin College rector publishes book on residence hall life

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Known by Name:Inside the Halls of Notre Dame,by Rev. James B. King, C.S.C., rector of the Sorin College residence hall at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by Corby Books.

By turns anecdotal, affectionate, nonchalant, humorous and deeply reflective, Father Kings first person account of his ministry in the Universitys oldest and most storied residence hall provides a glimpse into a unique and cherished feature of Notre Dame student life.

In an introduction to the book, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame and quarter-century resident of Sorin College, describes Father Kings narrative asunvarnished, straightforward and full of insightful observations about the academy and about contemporary culture.But in the end it is a story full of hope and promise.

Something of that storys depth and quality is suggested in a chapter onThe Heartbeat of Notre Dame,where Father King observes that a rectors responsibility is to tryby living among our students to instruct them in manners, social skills, tact, discretion, self-discipline, commitment, leadership and integritywhile also impressing upon themthe importance of cultivating a forgiving spirit, service to ones neighbor and a persistent dedication to exploring the truths that lie deeply within ones soul.

Now in his fifth year as Sorins rector, Father King, a native of Chicago, was graduated from Notre Dame in 1981, entered Moreau Seminary and received a master of divinity degree from the University in 1987.Ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross the following year, he spent two years as an assistant rector and freshman seminar instructor at Notre Dame before leaving for the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a masters degree in political science in 1992.He served for five years at the University of Portland as a history instructor, rector, assistant director in the alumni office and for one year as director of Portlands foreign study program in Salzburg, Austria.He returned to Notre Dame in 1997 and served as director of vocations for the Indiana Province of Holy Cross from 1997 to 2005.

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