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My Communion of Saints

By Michael Garvey '74

With the whimsical mordancy that only an Irishman can get exactly right, a mutual friend of Denny Moore's and mine recently spoke of Denny's being "dead at the moment." I'd heard that arresting usage before—in Ireland, of course—and knew exactly what was meant. It was the sort of thing Denny would say.

The phrase came up in a conversation about what had happened a few hours after Denny's funeral. When Denny, Notre Dame's associate vice president for public affairs and communications, died last December, he had been the University's principal spokesperson for a decade and a half. His funeral, not surprisingly, overflowed the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, but it was a somewhat quieter and less formal occasion when several of us surrounded his grave in Cedar Grove cemetery to raise a few glasses of whiskey in gratitude for him, to honor our friendship, to share our love for him, to pray with him and to wish him God speed. The memory of that session is among the many reasons I find it awkward to speak of Denny in the past tense. It reinforces my conviction that he is dead only "at the moment," as you and I and everyone we love will some day be.…

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A Stadium for the Arts

By James M. Collins

Anyone who has even just driven by the Notre Dame campus along Edison Road in South Bend knows that the new Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts is a striking addition to the local landscape. Given its dramatic roofline and elaborate façade, this is clearly a serious building that makes its presence known in no uncertain terms to both the Notre Dame and South Bend communities.…

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The Stage Is Set

By Ed Cohen

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John Haynes often reminds people that Notre Dame went the entire 20th century without building a theater or similar arts performance venue.

In what might be called making up for lost time, it’s built five in the 21st century—all in the same enormous building.

The 150,000-square-foot Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts opened this fall at the far south end of campus, almost to Angela Road. It’s the first new performance venue on campus since Washington Hall was completed in 1881.…

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Questions of Conscience

By Scott Appleby '78

John Q. Allman here for RADIO USA; _welcome to_ Let's Talk. _Today my guest is Senator Paul Church. Senator Church is running for president of the United States and has some issues he'd like to discuss with you. Before we open the phone lines, Senator, I'd like you to say a word about the flap over your standing as a Roman Catholic. Senator Church, welcome_.

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A Theology of Immigration

By Daniel Groody, CSC, '86

In November 2003, I attended a Mass in El Paso, Texas, along the United States/Mexican border. We celebrated Mass in the dry, rugged and sun-scorched terrain where the United States meets Mexico. In this liturgy we remembered all the saints and all the souls who have gone before us. We also remembered the thousands of Mexican immigrants who died crossing over the border in the last 10 years. Unlike other liturgies, however, a 16-foot iron fence divided this community of believers in half, one side in Mexico and the other side in the United States.…

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Something Like His Father's Grocery Store

By John Shaughnessy '77

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Rev. Virgilio Elizondo starts with a love story when he talks about the relationship between Latinos and the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. In the story, Elizondo’s father saved money to buy a small grocery store, but his future wife dreamed of wearing a beautiful wedding gown. So he gave her his savings, wanting to make her happy.…

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Taking It to the Streets

By Cheever Griffin '90

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The Metropolitan Chicago Initiative (MCI) occupies a spacious office above a bank in the heart of a small, blue-collar and increasingly Hispanic suburb just west of Chicago called Berwyn.

The MCI is an arm of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, which was created in 1999 to study critical issues facing Latinos in the United States. If you think of the institute as an earnest academic entity, then consider the MCI

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Reactions to Question of Conscience

By Readers

Editor's note: The following letters were received through the magazine's React Online form. *I read with interest the article,"Question of Conscience"* and found it very intelligent until the author addressed the issue of pro-choice politicians. Appleby's assertion that such a politician is respecting the priority and inviolability of conscience and that somehow that justifies his voting for laws that allow the taking of human life is really very disingenuous. The only way the inviolability of conscience could be given a higher priority than the protection of the unborn is if such politician really did not believe that before birth human beings are entitled to full human rights. Such a position is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church and could only be explained as being the result of poor catechesis or faulty conscience formation on the part of said individual.

I might also add it shows a profound ignorance of or disregard for basic human biology. Catholic politicians who oppose laws that offer protection for the unborn cannot honestly claim that it is their intention to defend the weak and the and vulnerable. To do so represents glaring hypocrisy of the part of Catholic politicians. I am surprised that Appleby did not recognize such a gaping hole in the integrity of what was otherwise such a well-reasoned argument.…

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Americanos Nuevos

By Roberto Suro

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It began in the 1970s, unnoticed.

As baby boomers came of age, they put off having children; many never had any.

A flow of immigrants from Latin America, especially Mexico, began to grow.

Two trends, entirely unrelated in their origins, gathered momentum across decades.

One created a dearth of people.…

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It really is in the mail

By Kerry Temple ’74

A bad thing happened with our summer issue, and it had nothing to do with the content.

The first clue came soon after the issue was mailed from Willard, Ohio, where it is printed. One morning we got four, large, brown envelopes full of back covers. That’s how we learn a magazine won’t make it to its destination. A postal worker rips off and returns the back cover (it holds the mailing label) and discards the rest of the issue. And we had four, big, thick envelopes full of “returns.”…

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A Year in Jerusalem

By Marie C.S. Feilmeyer '01

The year 2000 was the last time Notre Dame sent a group of students to its study abroad program in Jerusalem. I was a member of this 15-student group directed by Father David Burrell, CSC, a ND professor of theology and philosophy, and Mary Ellen Sheehan, academic coordinator. We called ourselves “J2K” and were disappointed when the program went on hiatus the year after our stay. We understood the reasons for this, and we just relieved that we were able to go.…

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