On the battlefields of World War II, soldiers of the 45th Infantry Division knew they could count on one man who would be there for them through any peril: their unit chaplain, Father Joseph D. Barry, CSC, '29.
As Father Thomas A. Steiner, CSC, celebrated Christmas with Midnight Mass in Sacred Heart Church, his thoughts most likely centered on the 29 chaplains from Notre Dame and six Holy Cross missionaries then living in battle zones around the globe.
The complex obstacles behind launching a new enterprise boiled down to a simple formula for Dave Finocchio ’05 — combine vision and passion with hard work. He observed numerous examples of this while growing up in California’s renowned Silicon Valley. “I figured out that I wanted to do something I was passionate about, rather than only looking for the best-paying job,” the San Francisco resident says.
The hardcourt wizardry of forward Tim Abromaitis and guard Ben Hansbrough on the men’s squad and superstar guard Skylar Diggins on the women’s team stoked national championship chatter among Irish basketball fans a year ago, but many remain unaware that such excitement had occurred before.