The following is a statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, on the one-year anniversary of the death of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987.
“As we mark today the one-year anniversary of the passing of Father Hesburgh, it hardly seems possible it was that long ago. But perhaps that is because his presence can tangibly be felt in so many ways still, through the results of his service to the Vatican and Church, his presence on presidential commissions, and, of course, his leadership of Notre Dame.
“Looking back to a year ago, I cherish the memory of our students lining the road to the cemetery in frigid weather conditions, the thousands who paid last respects in the Basilica, and the wonderful words spoken by national leaders at our tribute to him.
“He represented the best of Notre Dame, and we strive to live up to his example. I believe he is with God, praying for us now. We remember him with gratitude.”
Campus tributes to Father Hesburgh are available below:
“Bringing legendary science faculty to Notre Dame,” from the College of Science.
The Office of Campus Ministry will live stream a memorial concert that starts at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Music will be performed by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir, Celebration Choir, Basilica Schola and Coro Primavera. Words of remembrance will also be offered by Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., religious superior of Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame and a longtime friend of Father Hesburgh. The free concert will be streamed live online here.