From 1952 to 1987, Father Hesburgh and Notre Dame made headlines and history as he guided, pressed, and pushed the institution to fulfill his vision for creating a truly great Catholic university for the modern world.
A respected voice in the Catholic Church, he also became one of the most influential forces in American higher education and the civil rights movement as well as a global advocate for peace and justice.
The narrative of the priest and the University are inseparable. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Notre Dame, and the priest who played such an important role in its transformation into a world class university, check out his bestselling autobiography (2000) or the documentary (available for 3-Day checkout at Circulation) God, Country, Notre Dame: The Story of Father Ted Hesburgh, CSC (2006).
For more information about Father Hesburgh, please visit http://hesburgh.nd.edu/.