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Excerpts from "The Chapels of Notre Dame"
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The Chapels of Notre Dame
By Lawrence S. Cunningham
Photography by Matt Cashore
Excerpts from the Book
"From its origins, the University of Notre Dame has attempted to fulfill the ancient Catholic truth that we know God through reason and faith. Faith, of course, is not merely something that is affirmed; it is also performed. This beautiful book illustrates many of those places on our campus where the faith is performed in its formal worship as well as in its informal prayers and devotions. The chapels on the campus of Notre Dame are a visible testimony to our common Catholic faith; a lasting reminder of the generosity of our many benefactors; and an iconic tribute of that beauty coming from human hands as a reflection of the source of all beauty--God."
—Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame
"Here at Notre Dame, in what John Cardinal O'Hara once called the 'City of the Blessed Sacrament,' in addition to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart Parish, we have a plethora of chapels which dot the campus and serve as places of worship for various components of our extended community. In this extraordinary pictorial display, we can see in sharp focus chapels in residence halls, in academic buildings, in Holy Cross community space, in the apses of the Basilica itself, and in a variety of other locations. Together, they are a powerful and recurring manifestation of the University's deep commitment to its Catholic nature and identity."
—Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"It is striking that the idea for the publication of this book came not from the university's officers nor its media office but from a lay person who was inspired by the beauty of one of our chapels when visiting the campus. Like the ancient psalmist who cried out, "I have loved the beauty of thy house, O Lord" (Psalm 26:8), this visitor saw that the chapels on Notre Dame's campus are an integral part of its story. She was so right that her idea was taken up immediately by the university itself. This beautiful volume is the result of that inspiration."
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"From the building of the rustic Log Chapel to the most recent residence hall chapels, designated places of worship have reminded the Notre Dame family that the love of God is the first commandment. I am absolutely delighted to see this book come to life, because the history of the Notre Dame chapels is a witness to the bedrock conviction that faith expressed in worship is a foundational element of the University of Notre Dame's mission. . . . Enjoy the guided tour of the most sacred places at Notre Dame. Please be sure to make time to visit some chapels during your next trip to campus."
—from the Introduction by Dr. John F. Affleck-Graves, Executive Vice President