History demonstrates that the secularization of a religious college or university is the product of the secularization of its faculty. While the outward signs of religious practice typically continue well after the faculty has been transformed, giving the impression that nothing has changed, in the end only traces of that religious identity remain.
The University should not compromise its academic aspirations in its efforts to maintain its Catholic identity.
University of Notre Dame
Faculty Senate, April 9, 2008
That’s a shocking declaration from a place where, Fr. Hesburgh has declared, “the Church does its thinking” and reflects a radical weakening of Catholic identity under the Golden Dome. Still, hope is not lost! Ans we invite you to learn more about our mission of Catholic renewal at Notre Dame and how you can help.
Hope is not lost!
There remain a splendid, if radically reduced, corps of Catholic scholars at Notre Dame, a number of supportive non-Catholics, a heavily Catholic student body, and the continuing, if diminished, presence of priests on the campus. And there is Sycamore Trust – the first effort of its kind by alumni to resist the forces of secularization at their alma mater.
Please consider supporting our mission through prayer and by including Sycamore Trust in your year-end giving. Click here to read our annual report on Notre Dame's Catholic identity and our year-end request for support.
A Christmas Message
As the Church rejoices in the Nativity of Our Lord, we at Sycamore Trust also rejoice. We rejoice in gratitude for all that the Lord has allowed us to accomplish and in gratitude for each of you who has joined us in our mission to our beloved Notre Dame. May the faith of Our Lady, whose image continues to shine atop the Golden Dome, be an example to us in our own journey of faith, believing always that the things promised to us by the Lord will be fulfilled!
If you have already given to our year-end campaign, thank you! Whatever hope we have would be utterly unrealistic without your financial support. If not, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Sycamore at this time in whatever amount you can afford.
To read our report card on the Jenkins' administration and our year end appeal, click here.