McGrath Institute Newsletter November 2021


New book released in Engaging Catholicism series with Ave Maria Press

Was creation a fantastic series of actions by God that long ago set the universe in motion? Or is creation an eternal flowing forth from God that even now causes all things to exist?Christopher Baglow, director of our Science and Religion Initiative, writes from within the deep well of Catholic tradition and his personal love of both science and faith to provide probing yet lively and often-humorous answers to the foundational questions of human existence.

Creation is the third of six installments in our publishing partnership with Ave Maria Press. Use code MCGRATH for a 25% off discount at check-out.

Journey through Advent with our virtual créche calendar

For the second year, we invite you to reflect on the Incarnation in our digital Advent and Christmas Crèche Calendar—a beautiful selection including crèches from our previous six on-campus exhibits, as well as crèches never before seen at Notre Dame. Once you sign up, you will receive a daily email beginning on November 28 and concluding on January 9, 2022, with an image and description of a crèche from a different part of the world, along with a brief prayer that you can offer for yourself and your loved ones.

Color and build a free 3D Nativity Kit this Advent

During Advent and Christmas, many Christian families display a Nativity set, or crèche. Nativities throughout the world often look very different, featuring unique artistic and cultural traditions. Visit our website to download your own Coloring Kit to celebrate the story of the Incarnation in your home, classroom, or parish.We are happy to offer an updated version with additional characters!


Pray the O Antiphons this Advent with our free prayer book

Every Advent season, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is sung in parishes throughout the world. Each verse for this hymn is based on one of the O Antiphons, which are rooted in imagery from the Old Testament. Visit our website to download a free ebook containing theological reflections on each antiphon written by past and present staff members of the McGrath Institute.


Program Updates

Gloria Purvis named inaugural McGrath Pastoral Fellow

The Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity is excited to welcome Gloria Purvis as its inaugural Pastoral Fellow, a new role designed to enhance the impact of pastoral leaders in life of the Church, particularly around timely and pressing issues like racial justice. Purvis will partner with us through July 2022 to enact a truly Catholic response to the sin of racism. This will include developing resources for the Teaching Human Dignity series, a free collection of lesson plans and other teaching materials for use in the classroom.

Notre Dame Vision accepting applications for summer 2022 programming

Notre Dame Vision is offering two weeks of on-campus programming for the summer of 2022: June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. Vision combines the theologically-rich experience of nationally-known keynote speakers with the mentorship of college students. From large group sessions to small faith-sharing groups comprised of your peers, it gives you the space and the community to ask big questions about how God is calling you to use your talents in service to the Church and world.

STEP Online Theology Courses Begin January 10

Our STEP online theology program is excited to launch its next round of courses on January 10th. Learn more about the Letters of St. Paul, how to enact a consistent ethic of life, living as an intercultural church, the American Catholic experience, and more. Visit our website to view our full course menu and register for $99!

Join other high school educators and pastoral ministers at Notre Dame next summer

The Office of Life & Human Dignity and the Science & Religion Initiative are accepting applications for next summer's programming at Notre Dame.

The Teaching Life and Human Dignity Symposium is a four and a half-day gathering from June 19 - 23 for leaders in Catholic education and diocesan ministry at the University of Notre Dame. Leaders will develop a deeper understanding of human dignity in the Catholic intellectual tradition. In addition to intellectual formation educators and pastoral leaders can expect to develop distinct professional skills.

Foundations Notre Dame, hosted by the Science & Religion Initiative, features lectures by scientists, philosophers, and theologians; collaborative discussions; and implementation workshops, with special tracks in chemistry, physics/astronomy, biology, philosophy, and theology. Learn teaching methods that enhance the dialogue between science and religion in Catholic education, challenging the notion that the two disciplines are in conflict. This seminar will be live streamed, so participating schools may choose online participation.

Conversations That Matter webinar series addresses intersection of science & human dignity

The Notre Dame Office of Life & Human Dignity and the Science & Religion Initiative partnered on a webinar series this fall that addressed what it means to be human, the concept of gender, and the future of artificial intelligence. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed on the series webpage, along with accompanying discussion guides and additional resources.

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The McGrath Institute newsletter is a quarterly communication for our friends and partners. It includes information about online theology courses, free resources, virtual programming, Institute news, program updates, and more. We hope to use these regular communications not only to share updates about our work and resources, but also as a means of getting to know you better and providing a space for you to let us know how you're doing. Visit our website to subscribe to our newsletter.

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth and rigor. By connecting the Catholic intellectual life to the life of the Church, we form faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and the world.

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