Faith Traditions

Author: Notre Dame News

Students participate in Las Posadas, a Latin American-origin Christmas season celebration to re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for a birthplace for baby Jesus.
Students participate in Las Posadas, a Latin American-origin Christmas season celebration to re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for a birthplace for baby Jesus.

As Christians enter the season of Advent, we at the University of Notre Dame join with the Church in this time of reflection and preparation for celebrating the birth of Christ. Flowing from our Catholic character, we also welcome and honor the faith traditions of all members of the Notre Dame family, believing that one of the essential tests of justice within any Christian community is its abiding spirit of inclusion. We seek to advance ecumenical and interfaith understanding, cooperation and welcome — at Notre Dame and around the world.
During December, Notre Dame News will highlight stories that explore and celebrate the myriad faith traditions of the University’s community of faculty, staff, students and alumni.


Junior Shaker Erbini (left) majoring in neuroscience and behavior leads the Friday prayer service in the multi-faith prayer room at Jenkins Nanovic Halls. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

‘A plurality of voices’: Building multi-faith engagement at Notre Dame

In many religions — including the Islamic and Jewish traditions — the heart is the center of thought and the seat of wisdom. And for a growing number of faculty and students of these faiths, their hearts are leading them to the University of Notre Dame. Read more here.

Students celebrate Las Posadas

Students celebrate Las Posadas on campus

University of Notre Dame students gathered on campus Wednesday (Dec. 7) to celebrate Las Posadas, a Latin American tradition. The event, organized by Campus Ministry, included a procession through campus, prayer, singing and traditional foods. Read more here.


The planets Saturn (top) and Jupiter (with Galilean moons visible) seen behind the Mary statue on the Golden Dome. The orbits of the two planets overlap and visually appear to nearly merge in what is known as The Great Conjunction. NOTE: Photo is a composite of two images for purposes of having both the statue and planets in focus, which is not possible in a single exposure. (Photo composite by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Faith and research: An annual tradition

On Dec. 9 and 11, Grant Mathews, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame, will present his annual astrophysical perspective on the origins of the star of Bethlehem — also known as the Christmas Star.  

Now in its 16th year, the lecture takes a closer look at one of the most symbolic aspects of the Christmas season through the eyes of science — and it has become an annual tradition, which was Mathews’ hope from the start. Read more here.


Sacred Stories

Video series highlights sacred, meaningful moments for Advent season

This Advent season, the Notre Dame Alumni Association invites members of the campus community, as well as the public, to share tales of sacred and meaningful moments as part of Sacred Stories of Notre Dame, a series of daily video reflections from Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni. Read more here.