Sept. 11: The Notre Dame family

Author: Bill Nowak


On the one week anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I had two gentlemen visit my office. As we were sitting down, they both noticed my computer screen saver that continually scrolls, “God, Country and Notre Dame.” The first visitor asked if I had done this in response to the attacks. I said no, I had installed it the day I set up my computer. The second visitor asked, given the recent circumstances, if would be more appropriate to change the phrase to, “God, Country and Family.” I replied that if he had seen the outdoor Mass held on campus with 10,000 students and faculty in attendance, or if he had been a graduate of Our Lady’s University, he would understand that Notre Dame truly means Family.

Bill Nowak ’72
Bradenton, FL

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