Saints for the Year of Mercy featured in Saturday lecture series

By Meg Mirshak

The seventh annual “Saturdays with the Saints” lecture series sponsored by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame will feature seven saints whose lives give witness to the mercy of God.

The lectures will be held on Saturdays of home Notre Dame football games combining the university’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited football game days. Notre Dame theology faculty and staff will deliver dynamic lectures on saints chosen this year to coincide with the global Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“The series was inspired by the fact that Saturday has great significance in the Christian tradition. Saturday was the ancient sabbath and is an image of eternity because it was on the seventh day that God rested. Therefore, our lecture series is an image of eternity,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life.

Saturdays with the Saints has established itself as a popular pregame ritual for members of the Notre Dame community and visitors to campus. The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium on the lower level of Geddes Hall adjacent to Hesburgh Library. The talks are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the events tend to fill to capacity.

In addition to home games on the Notre Dame campus, a lecture will be held prior to the Shamrock Series game versus Army on Nov. 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Timothy Matovina, Professor of Theology, and Fr. David Garcia, Director of the Old Spanish Missions, San Antonio, will speak on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The 2016 Saturdays with the Saints schedule:

September 10: St. Joseph, A Father Rich in Mercy
John C. Cavadini, Director, Institute for Church Life; Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

September 17: St. Faustina, The Divine Mercy of Vilnius and Priestly Self-Offering
Sr. Ann Astell, Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

September 24: Saint Teresa of Calcutta, On the Occasion of her Canonization
Leonard DeLorenzo, Director, Notre Dame Vision; Department of Theology, Notre Dame

October 15: St. Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz
Jessica Keating, Director, Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives, Notre Dame

October 29: Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, Founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Apostle of Charity
Lawrence S. Cunningham, O'Brien Chair of Theology, Emeritus, Notre Dame

November 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Jubilee of Mercy
Timothy Matovina, Professor of Theology; Co-Director, Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame; and Fr. David Garcia, Director of the Old Spanish Missions, San Antonio; Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach at Catholic Relief Services, and former rector of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio
Note: Lecture will be held at the Cathedral Centre Cafe at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas at 8:30 a.m.

November 19: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Wife, Mother, Queen, Champion of Mercy
Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., Assistant Director, Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, Notre Dame

Contact: Brett Robinson, Director of Communications, Institute for Church Life, 574-631-6109,

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