Notre Dame to participate in diocesan day of prayer for victims of clergy sexual abuse


Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has designated Friday (Oct. 5) as a Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance. The University of Notre Dame will join the diocese by praying in solidarity with victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Notre Dame Campus Ministry invites all members of the Notre Dame campus community to participate in activities for this day of prayer, including Eucharistic Adoration in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart from noon to 5 p.m., and listening as the Basilica bells ring in solidarity with victims from 3 to 3:15 p.m.

“I invite everyone and all our parishes, schools and institutions,” said Bishop Rhoades, “to observe this day of dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, praying and fasting for the victim-survivors of sexual abuse and for their healing, while asking for God’s mercy on the whole Church and for the grace of purification and renewal during this difficult time.”

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Contact: Danielle Collins, associate director of communications, Campus Ministry, 574-631-5241,