Catholic identity in the world of higher education is the focus of a recently published book by Mark W. Roche, I.A. O?Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.p. Titled “The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University,” the book presents the challenges and promise of a Catholic university and articulates its distinct mission in the context of a mainstream intellectual culture.p. Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president emeritus, writes in the book’s foreword: “This trenchant and intellectual presentation gives us hope that by exploring the ultimate questions and ultimate values that distinguish a great Catholic university, we may come ever closer to realizing the living unity of knowledge and dignity, wisdom and grace, God and truth.”p. Roche specializes in the study of modern German literature, literature and philosophy, and German intellectual history. He also holds appointments as the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and concurrent professor of philosophy.