Notre Dame to celebrate Blessed Basil Moreau's feast day

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The University of Notre Dame’s second celebration of the feast of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, the 19th century French churchman who foundedthe Congregation of Holy Cross, will be observed with several events, collectively titled"Holy Cross: Faith in Our Future."

Blessed Basil Moreau’s feast day was established in September 2007 during a ceremony in Le Mans, France, when Father Moreau, whose religious order founded Notre Dame in 1842, was beatified by the Catholic Church.Beatification is a significant formal advancement toward"canonization,"the status of being officially and solemnly proclaimed a saint.The feast day falls on Jan. 20, the date of Father Moreau’s death in Le Mans in 1873.

Notre Dame’s celebration will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 (Monday) in the Lady Chapel of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with a prayer vigil service for vocations to the Holy Cross order and the success of the cause for Father Moreau’s canonization.

A Mass for the feast will be celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 20 (Tuesday).Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will preside and preach at the Mass, and all Holy Cross men and women religious will be invited to participate.Sacred music will be provided by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir under the direction of Gail Walton.

Also on Jan. 20, an informal discussion,“Men in Black: Holy Cross Stories,”will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall.Among participating Holy Cross priests who will offer reflections on their life and ministry will be Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.; Rev. William Lies, C.S.C., executive director of the University’s Center for Social Concerns; Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C., assistant professor of political science at Notre Dame; and Rev. Peter McCormick, C.S.C., rector of Keough Hall.

John Cavadini, chair of the Notre Dame theology department and director of the Institute for Church Life, will give the inaugural Blessed Basil Moreau Lecture on Jan. 22 (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.Mary Ellen O’Connell, Notre Dame Law School’s Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, will respond.The lecture will address views of suffering in the Christian tradition and suggest their connections with the motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross,“Crux spes unica”(“the Cross is our only Hope.”).

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