Statement by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame

by Notre Dame News

University of Notre Dame

At 11 a.m. on this St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will ring out in celebration and welcoming of immigrants from around the world. Joining in a global “Bells of Joy” initiative launched by former Irish President Mary McAleese, Notre Dame, together with churches and other institutions worldwide, will symbolically banish hatred and fear of our foreign brothers and sisters. As we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick, an immigrant brought to Ireland first as a slave who then returned as a missionary, and as the University of Notre Dame celebrates its founding 175 years ago by French and Irish immigrants who, like the many who came after them, brought faith, scholarship and industry to our nation, we pray for immigrants around the world and ask that they may continue to share their gifts.