A life of greatness, given for others

By John Shaughnessy '77

At 18, the college freshman was feeling homesick as he walked toward class near the Main Building of the University of Notre Dame. If he looked up, as he usually did when he neared the building, he would have seen the golden image of the Blessed Mother on the golden Dome. Instead, his eyes were focused on the world-renowned figure headed straight toward him on that day in 1973 — Father Theodore Hesburgh, then Notre Dame’s president.

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Gilberto Cardenas: The Hard Journey Home

By John Shaughnessy '77

In this American dream, the tough street kid grows up to share the spotlight with baseball star Sammy Sosa, astronaut Ellen Ochoa and legendary rock musician Carlos Santana.

The troubled youth who struggled with grades is chosen to help Microsoft founder Bill Gates distribute $1 billion worth of scholarships.…

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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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