Fr. Warner selected as 12th Superior General

first_imgThe Congregation of the Holy Cross has a new leader in Rome, and he’ll arrive from Notre Dame. Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Richard V. Warner was elected on July 16 to become the 12th Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Rome. Warner graduated from Notre Dame in 1962 and received an honorary degree in 1987 from the University. He also studied theology at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1966. “Fr. Warner has served Notre Dame with distinction in many and varied capacities, and we are collectively — and I am personally — indebted to him for his wise counsel, witness to the Gospel and service to our campus and broader community,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a press release. After his ordination, Fr. Warner returned to Chile to teach English for six years before becoming the provincial treasurer for the Indiana Holy Cross Province. In 1979, he became Provincial Superior for the Indiana chapter. Warner, a counselor to then-University President Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, became director of Campus Ministry in 1989 and has held the position for more than 20 years. In his new position, Warner will succeed Fr. Hugh W. Clearly. He will oversee the international missions and operations of the Congregation, founded in France in 1837 by Blessed Basil Moreau. Warner will work primarily from Rome, according to the release. The Congregation of Holy Cross is an order of more than 1,500 priests and has founded eight colleges and universities in the United States, including Notre Dame, and 45 secondary schools worldwide, the release said. In addition to education, the Holy Cross is actively committed to parish work and missionary outreach. The Holy Cross currently has a presence in 16 countries on five continents. “The General Chapter has made an astute decision in electing Fr. Warner to lead our congregation and, while we will miss him and his ministry at Notre Dame, we rejoice that his talents will be shared in new ways around the world,” Jenkins said in the release. Please see page 16 for a related letter from Fr. Thomas Doyle, vice president for student affairs.last_img read more

Retreat focuses on faith, experience

first_imgStudents took a break from the stress of college life Friday and Saturday to reflect on their faith. Around 60 freshmen attended the third 24-hour Freshman Retreat at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. Father Pete McCormick, director of the Freshman Retreat Program, said participants had a chance to form support structures with other freshmen and adjust to the college environment. “Some freshmen think what’s going on with them is unique to themselves, when in fact it’s really a commonality between them,” McCormick said. “Often times, freshmen worry that they are the abnormal ones. This retreat helps them settle into the Notre Dame experience.” McCormick said his role requires more behind-the-scenes preparation. “I do a lot of work preparing the sophomore team [leaders] and working with other leadership to organize the retreat,” he said. “During the retreat, I listen to confessions, conduct adoration and celebrate Mass.” McCormick said the Freshman Retreat is a great outlet for freshman to meet their classmates. “[It] exposes freshmen to a variety of people they would not otherwise come into contact with on campus,” McCormick said. “It gives freshmen time to expand their horizons.” Freshman Emily Potucek said meeting people was one of her goals for the retreat. “I’ve done similar retreats in high school and thought it would be cool to do with my Notre Dame class,” Potucek said. “I wanted to make more friends in my class.” Potucek said participants mingled while discussing academics, social life and faith. “We talked about adjustment to college and adjusting to the second semester,” Potucek said. “We also talked about where we are in our faith journey and how we can practice our faith here at Notre Dame.” Echoing McCormick’s thoughts, Potucek said the retreat gave her the opportunity to converse with other freshmen who share similar interests. “It was a great chance to see how other freshmen are practicing their faith here,” Potucek said. “It was nice to meet other people who also hold that as a priority.” Freshman Melanie Mironovich said the retreat was a perfect way to step back from the stress of college life. “You get really stressed in college, so the retreat was a good way to relax and get away from schoolwork,” she said. “[The retreat is a chance to] slow down and really think about your choices … You’re forced to think about things you wouldn’t normally think about. It makes Notre Dame feel more like a community.”last_img read more

Freshmen take first trip to Grotto

first_imgBearing candles, programs and prayers, members of the class of 2018 packed the Grotto on Monday night for the Freshman First Visit to the Grotto, a prayer service that helped introduce first-year students to faith life at Notre Dame.“It’s just a great way to begin the school year,” Stephen Spittle, a Keenan Hall freshman, said. “It’s a nice community thing. It’s a nice way of showing a support group, showing that there’s other people who believe what you believe in, and there’s always some place for you to go.”The service consisted of readings, speakers, prayers and songs, including the Alma Mater. Kate Barrett, the Campus Ministry assistant director of residential hall liturgies, estimated that around 1,200 people attended the service, about the same number as the 2013 trip but up several hundred from previous years. Barrett said she hoped the Grotto would be an illustration of the importance of faith at Notre Dame.“I hope that [the freshmen], over the course of the whole orientation but concluding at the Grotto, see their faith as a real component in their time at Notre Dame and that they have a desire to make that important to them,” she said. “It’s going to take a different shape for every person, but I hope that everyone here in their own way will feel a renewed commitment for growing in their faith. It’s a really important part of being a student at Notre Dame.”Megan Burin, a first-year student in Pasquerilla West Hall, said the Grotto gave her “a better appreciation of Notre Dame.”“I just wanted to get a sense of community, and I wanted to do something as a class, and I think this place is a really special place to do it,” she said.Freshman Maddie Organ, who also lives in Pasquerilla West, said the trip put her at ease for the coming semester.“I was nervous for classes and everything else to start [yesterday], but coming here it was nice to know that [the Grotto] will always be here no matter what we’re going through,” she said.Barrett said the 35-minute service was the result of coordination among Campus Ministry, the Folk Choir and hall Resident Assistants and Frosh-O staffs, who handed out candles and programs and guided students into the Grotto.“You can’t get 1200 people in one place at one time without a lot of people helping,” she said. “It’s very much a group effort.”Senior Shannon Hagedorn, the service’s student speaker, encouraged freshmen to cultivate their faith by finding a special place on campus in which to reflect and to value relationships with people at Notre Dame.“You’ll be surrounded by amazing people,” Hagedorn said. “They’re there in the light and in the shadows, helping you truly shine, and you’ll be there for them too. At Notre Dame, you will find and be tremendous models, mentors, inspirations and travelers. I have been challenged more than I had been before, but also lifted higher and supported more than ever before as well. I have seen others experience the same.”Noel Terranova, the rector of Keenan Hall, encouraged freshmen to use the Grotto, modeled after the spot in France where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, as a place of comfort and celebration and a reminder of the generations-long faith community at Notre Dame.“That is why you are holding a burning candle in your hands right now. It is a symbol of the light of Christ . . . as you prepare to embark on the journey of your Notre Dame experience, know that there will be difficult times . . . when this happens, know that there is a community of support to help you here at Notre Dame,” Terranova said. “As a rector, I can say go to your rector, talk to your rector, we can help.“But at the bottom of all of our struggles there is a restlessness deep within ourselves that can only be encountered in a place of stillness. So when that struggle comes, find your candle. Come to the Grotto. Sit in the stillness. Look within yourself. As your face is lighted and warmed by the flickering of the prayers of others, know that you are not alone.”Flora Tang, a Breen-Phillips Hall first-year student, said she hopes to take advantage of faith life while at Notre Dame.“I want to get stronger in my faith, and also get stronger action-wise, like getting into service or making wiser decisions,” she said.Spittler said he hopes to achieve grow personally during his four years at the University.“I really want to be able, when I’m done with these four years, to be able to say that these four years have meant something to me, and while I don’t necessarily know what that means, I want to be able to look back and say that those years changed me and those years changed how I look at the world and at different situations and made me evolve as a person,” he said.Tags: First Year Orientation, first years, Grottolast_img read more

Students participate in ‘Happiest 5K on the planet’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kate Everett The Color Run provided Notre Dame students and South Bend residents with the opportunity to participate in “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” in South Bend on Saturday. The 3.1-mile loop began and ended at Four Winds Field took runners through four color zones in the downtown area where volunteers stood ready to throw colored powder at participants.Freshman Sydney Keller said the run took longer to complete than a regular 5K.“It took longer because every time we reached a point on the course that had paint, we would stop and walk through just so we could get as much paint on ourselves as we could,” she said. “But we had to try to keep our faces away from the paint. Otherwise, it would be hard to see for a minute, and your mouth would be powdery and taste like cornstarch.”Freshman Claire Gaffney said she volunteered for the Color Run and spent the day throwing blue-colored powder at the runners from one of the color zones. She said she was recruited to participate through her dorm, which was one of several residence halls and student organizations who sent groups to volunteer.Photo courtesy of Julia Murray “McGlinn, my dorm, organized a group to volunteer, and many of the upperclassmen raved about how fun it was to throw paint at people and motivate them to finish the race,” she said. “Volunteering at the Color Run was a blast. Everyone was so excited to be there, and there was such a diverse group of runners. By the end I looked like a smurf. I would definitely volunteer again.”Junior Alyssa Armendariz said she volunteered for the run through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).“I’ve wanted to volunteer or run the race for the past two years but was unable to due to football games,” she said. “So this year when I found out SWE was taking a group I jumped on the opportunity to finally volunteer.”Armendariz said she felt her time was well spent despite the early morning start and overall time commitment involved with the race.“Even though we had to get up extremely early and it was chilly before the sun rose, it was so worth it,” she said. “The Color Run is such a unique race. It’s a fantastic way to make running more enjoyable, and you get a souvenir tie-dyed shirt.”Tags: 5K, Color Run, volunteerlast_img read more

Lecturer examines international law

first_imgBrigham Young University (BYU) law professor David H. Moore gave a lecture focused on the relationship between international law and its domestic enforcement in the United States at the Eck Hall of Law on Thursday, sponsored by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.Moore said there is a fundamental conflict between two concepts: the effectiveness of international law and the integrity of proper domestic governance.“In my opinion, the Supreme Court is trying to accommodate both concerns in their decisions,” Moore said.According to Moore, the primary sources of international law are treaties, which are formal legal agreements between nations, and customary international law, which consists of non-binding conventions that countries traditionally follow. Illustrating this distinction with an example, Moore said diplomatic immunity existed as a informal mutual agreement between countries before it was codified into law with formal treaties.Moore then explained the principle of self-execution. International law that is ratified by the U.S. must include a provision that specifies in what way it should be enforced to fulfill the standard of self-execution. Otherwise, Moore said, international law cannot be enforced in the U.S., absent of authorization from a branch of government.“However, a broad notion of non-self-execution violates the Supremacy Clause [of the Constitution],” Moore said. “This is because the Supremacy Clause states that formally ratified treaties must be treated as the law of the land.”Moore said the case of Medellin v. Texas demonstrates the principle of non-self-execution. Medellin, a convicted Mexican national on death row, appealed his conviction because Texas legal authorities failed to allow him to contact the Mexican consulate in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The Supreme Court sided with Texas and decided that international treaties are not applicable to domestic law unless Congress implements an enforcement statute or the treaties include self-executing provisions.“There are two basic views on relationship between customary international law and federal common law,” Moore said.The modern position believes international law can be enforced to a large extent by the courts while the revisionist camp argues it can only be enforced as authorized by Congress or the executive branch.Moore referenced the case of Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain to show how the Supreme Court interprets these two views. The case involved a suspected cartel member who had been abducted to face murder charges by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The court held that an abducted foreign national could face prosecution, but the act of kidnapping itself might be a violation of international law and thus provide grounds for civil litigation under the Alien Tort Statute.“Most scholars see the court’s decision as a victory for the modern view, but I think they confuse two questions: whether Alien Tort Statute creates a cause of action and whether customary international law is federal common law in the absence of political branch intent,” Moore said.In fact, Moore said the court’s analysis actually endorses the revisionist position with its focus on Congressional intent and concern with separation of powers.“Academic commentary is out of step,” Moore said. “Incorporation [of international law] through the political branches is the appropriate direction.”Tags: David H. Moore, domestic governance, international law, Lawlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office creates ’90s-themed escape room

first_imgTags: Career Crossings Office, escape room, Sarah Enck Saint Mary’s students have been challenged to bring out their inner creativity and best detective skills throughout the month of February in order to learn more about the Career Crossing Office through their ’90s themed escape room. There are two sessions of the escape room taking place in the Holy Cross parlor on both Feb. 12 and Feb. 21. The rooms were announced in an email on the morning of Feb. 6, and quickly filled to capacity by the end of the day.Cristina Interiano | The Observer The escape room concept was thought of by the assistant director of the Career Crossings Office Sarah Enck. Enck said she wanted an interesting way to get students to focus on career readiness and to encourage more student engagement in the Office’s programs. “The escape room event primarily focuses on the career readiness concepts of problem-solving and teamwork,” Enck said. “Whether you are in a group of friends or working with students you may not know, you can develop these two skills through the series of puzzles within the escape room.”Saint Mary’s College senior and Career Crossings worker Clara Chang participated in a walk-through of the escape room and found the event promoted teamwork by initiating bonding between team members.Not only is this escape room different from others available because of its emphasis on career readiness, but the unique ’90s theme helps distinguish it as well, Enck said. Upon entering the room, students are transported back to the ’90s and have to find a way to get back to 2019 based on a series of clues. Ecnk said she tried to make the room feel as if one was living in Holy Cross Hall in the ’90s.“There were lots of posters, props and games that made it interesting and gave the room a throwback feel,” Chang said.Tammy Wever, the administrative assistant in the Career Crossings Office, also participated in a practice run of the escape room. Wever said it was challenging to solve the clues once you had found them, but other people in her group who had done escape rooms before helped. Enck said she anticipated team members having different strengths and weaknesses, so she made sure the room’s challenges were diverse.“I have tried to do a mix of different puzzles to cater to different personalities,” Enck said. “There are cyphers, binary codes, various types of locks and combinations and physical puzzles that must be solved.”More sessions might open up later depending on student involvement in the first four sessions. Both Chang and Wever said it would be something they would be interested in doing again. The Career Crossings Office, Enck said, hopes that this fresh idea will inspire more student participation in the services they provide, such as interview preparation, major declaration, resume and cover letter building.“[We] structure these events in such a way where it would accomplish students learning and growing in new concepts while having fun,” Enck said.last_img read more

Community members organize to protest attorney general’s visit to Notre Dame

first_imgMary Steurer | The Observer Notre Dame graduate student Maureen McDermott holds a sign calling for President Trump’s impeachment at Friday’s protest.Graduate student Laura Ortiz, who also protested, said she was disappointed with how Notre Dame handled Barr’s visit.“This whole event was kind of kept hidden from us — it was very shady, no one really knew that it was happening,” she said. “We just learned about it a couple of days ago.”Ortiz said Barr’s political track record should be a cause for concern for Notre Dame.“We should be a community for the people, a community sharing love, compassion, and this person that they just invited doesn’t represent any of that,” she said. “If Notre Dame really wants to take care of its Christian community, why would you invite someone attacking our rights?”Tags: Attorney General William Barr, de nicola center for ethics and culture, impeachment, Notre Dame Law School, protest Dozens gathered at the intersection of Eddy Street and Angela Road to protest Attorney General William Barr’s visit to Notre Dame on Friday. The protest, which took place from 4 to 5 p.m., was organized by graduate student Andrew Cary and local activist groups MoveOn North Central Indiana, Indivisible Indiana and Northern Indiana Atheists. At its peak, the protest involved about 100 people, with demonstrators gathered on all four corners of the intersection. Nearly 1,000 people expressed interest in the event on Facebook. During the protest, organizers passed out fliers and whistles in solidarity with the whistleblower who brought to light President Donald Trump’s conversations with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry Sept. 24. Mary Steurer | The Observer Demonstrators gather on the corner of Eddy Street and Angela Road to protest Attorney General William Barr’s visit to Notre Dame on Friday.Barr was pulled into the inquiry after the New York Times reported Trump offered to have him help Zelensky discredit the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.According to the Department of Justice, Barr did not discuss the matter with Ukraine and was not aware Trump offered his help to Zelensky until months afterwards.While the protest stirred south of campus, Barr delivered a talk on religious freedom to a full audience in the McCartan Courtroom. The ticketed event was open to students, faculty and staff of the Notre Dame Law School and de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture only.The University did not publicize Barr’s visit, claiming limited seating. An email invitation sent to Law School students and staff asked that information about the event not be circulated.The general public caught wind of the lecture when an anonymous community member distributed fliers about the event. Cary said he and the other organizers began planning the protest not long after.“I was just posting in different groups about if there was going to be some sort of demonstration, and [MoveOn] reached out to me and offered for me to take the lead and just be the face, talk to the media, try to invite people,” he said.Cary said though he supports the University’s open speaker policy, he believes it especially important that events with controversial speakers be open to the public.“College is all about learning different things, hearing opposing viewpoints,” he said. “I don’t want this school to be a ‘safe space,’ or anything like that. If they really want the student body to be exposed to different opinions, and viewpoints and individuals, they should have these things be open to people.”With no means of attending the lecture, however, Cary said protesting was the best alternative.“I would have loved to have to have gone and listened to what he had to say, but since we don’t have that opportunity, we’re out here demonstrating against what the president and his administration are doing with this impeachment inquiry,” he said.Laureen Fagan, a South Bend resident, said she joined in the demonstration out of a sense of civic duty.“The rapid disintegration of what most of us have thought were our democratic values is shocking,” she said. “And this is basically not my scene — I don’t like to do this, and I rarely do. But I feel an obligation. If he’s appearing at the University today, and I live here in town, I feel an obligation to be present and to make clear that this is unacceptable.”On Oct. 2, about 30 gathered to protest Barr’s visit to Wichita State University, the Wichita Eagle reported. Graduate student Maureen McDermott, who attended Friday’s demonstration, said she suspected Notre Dame refrained from publicizing Barr’s lecture for fear of similar backlash.“I think they kind of were afraid of stuff like this happening,” she said.last_img read more

Kennedy Woman Charged After Allegedly Leaving Infant In Vehicle

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),She should of went to jail until she see the judge and the baby taking away from her and put her in some one custody. These people are getting away with too much when it comes to babies she should be a shame of her self leaving that baby in a hot car Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY —  A Kennedy woman was charged this week after she allegedly left her infant unattended in a vehicle.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Chelsea Farley, 26, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.Deputies said that at 6:24 p.m., Feb. 6, Farley allegedly left her infant unattended in a vehicle in the Dollar General parking lot for more than 20 minutes.She was issued an appearance ticket to be in court at a later date. last_img read more

New Musical Atomic Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_imgThe U.S. premiere of Atomic, a new musical by Danny Ginges, Gregory Bonsignore and Philip Foxman, starts preview performances on June 26. The tuner will open officially on July 13 and run through August 16 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. The cast is led by Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton and Sara Gettelfinger. Directed by Damien Gray, Atomic blasts open the doors of the Manhattan Project, a Government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb. Leo Szilard (Kushnier) is the mastermind behind atomic power, but his heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress, and true love are tested as Leo discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Morton, Kusnier and Gettelfinger are joined by cast members David Abeles, Alexis Fishman, Jonathan Hammond, James David Larson, Randy Harrison, Preston Sadlier and Grace Stockdale. Atomic Star Files Jeremy Kushnierlast_img read more

Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope & More Receive Astaire Award Nominations

first_img View Comments Tony nominees Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Christian Borle, Annaleigh Ashford, Tony Yazbeck, Alex Sharp and more are among the 2015 Astaire Award nominees. Additionally, Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey and Finding Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein have been chosen to receive the special Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre and Film Award, respectively.The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film and were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and the late Douglas Watt. The 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards will be held on June 1 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.See below for the full list of nominees.Best Female DancerAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take it With YouLeanne Cope, An American in ParisJill Paice, An American in ParisMegan Fairchild, On the TownErin Davie, Side ShowEmily Padgett, Side ShowXiaoChuan Xie, The King and IMelanie Moore, Finding NeverlandBest Male DancerRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisClyde Alves, On the TownTony Yazbeck, On the TownJay Armstrong Johnson, On the TownPhillip Attmore, On the Twentieth CenturyRick Faugno, On the Twentieth CenturyDrew King, On the Twentieth CenturyRichard Riaz Yoder, On the Twentieth CenturyChristian Borle, Something Rotten!Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBest ChoreographerChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisJoshua Bergasse, On the TownChristopher Gattelli, The King and IWarren Carlyle, On the Twentieth CenturyCasey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeSteven Hoggett, The Last ShipMia Michaels, Finding Neverlandlast_img read more