Prof. O’Connell to Help Notre Dame Celebrate Blessed Basil Moreau’s Feast Day

Mary Ellen Oconnell The University of Notre Dame’s second celebration of the feast of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, the 19th century French churchman who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross, will be observed with several events, collectively titled “Holy Cross: Faith in Our Future.”

A complete listing of events can be found here: http://newsinfo.nd.edu/content.cfm?topicid=30950

On Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame Law Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will serve as respondent to John Cavadini, chair of the Notre Dame theology department and director of the Institute for Church Life, who will give the inaugural Blessed Basil Moreau Lecture. O’Connell, Notre Dame Law School’s Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, says, “I see my purpose as relating Prof. Cavidini’s theological remarks to the real world where suffering occurs so intensely, especially in war-torn regions and where Christ on the Cross is a sign of solidarity and hope of salvation.” The lecture will address views of suffering in the Christian tradition and suggest their connections with the motto of the Congregation of Holy Cross, “Crux spes unica” (“the Cross is our only Hope.”).