Many representatives of the Notre Dame community were in Le Mans, France, for the beatification of Basil Moreau. Four of those representatives served as eyes and ears of the community as we compiled a “blog” of their reports and reflections. Journal entries about the weekend's events were filed by Prof. John Cavadini, chair of the Department of Theology; Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University; Prof. Carolyn Woo, Dean of the Mendoza College of Business; and junior Mike Hawking, who was enrolled in the University's London Program.
We arrived in France on Thursday, September 13, to celebrate the beatification of Fr. Moreau with a group that included Holy Cross religious and lay leaders from the University. With us were Richard Notebaert, the chair of our Board of Trustees, and his wife, Peggy; Tom Burish, our provost, and his wife, Pam; John Affleck-Graves, our executive vice president, and his wife, Rita; Hilary Crnkovich, our vice president for public affairs and communication, and her husband, Chris; John Cavadini, chair of the Department of Theology, and his wife, Nancy; and Fr. Jim McDonald, C.S.C., our associate vice president.
The Mass celebrating the beatification of Fr. Moreau took place at 4:00 p.m. in Centre Antares, an indoor sports stadium, on the patronal feast of Holy Cross—Our Lady of Sorrows. The presider was the Bishop of Le Mans, Jacques Maurice Faivre, and, representing Pope Benedict XVI as his legate, Cardinal J.S. Martins, C.M.F.
Bonjour to you from Le Mans, France! Our delegation of Notre Dame students just finished experiencing and celebrating the beatification of Fr. Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It has been an enriching experience—a way to better understand the mission and heart of our University and its religious.