Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., the John A. O’Brien professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, received two awards recently for his work.
He was given the 2013 Presidential Award at Notre Dame. The award is given to a member of the faculty or administration for distinguished service to Notre Dame over an extended period of time. A 1951 graduate of Notre Dame, Fr. Dunne was ordained a Holy Cross priest on Dec. 18, 1954, and joined the ND faculty in 1957. He arguably has taught more students than anyone else in the University’s history, according to the Theology Department. Fr. Dunne previously was given Notre Dame’s Sheedy Award and the Danforth Foundation Harbison Award.
Meanwhile, his most-recent book “Eternal Consciousness” received first place in the “Spirituality – Soft Cover” category of the 2013 Catholic Press Association awards. CPA judges said: Fr. Dunne’s book “focuses on the quest to explore eternal consciousness and its meaning in relation to the fulfillment of one’s self. He shares his insight that eternal life is the deeper life of relatedness to others, to God, and to self. This well-written book, enhanced by the inclusion of his original songs, provides the incentive for readers to continue the personal search.”