Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, we begin a six-week stretch that is usually the most festive, joyous, and social time of the year. This will be a particularly difficult holiday season for those who have lost loved ones because of the pandemic or other causes. Please know that we hold you especially in our hearts and in our prayers. And for all of us, this holiday season will feel far from the normalcy that, at times, we may have taken for granted. Indeed, a Zoom gathering can never replicate the hug of a friend or family member.

As we prepare for this most unusual season, we still have much for which to be grateful, and I hope you will have some time over these next few days, to unplug and unwind, to pause and reflect. All of us at your Notre Dame Alumni Association wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. May you find comfort and peace, and may Our Lady watch over you and your loved ones.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association

Prayer of Gratitude

Loving God, you are the source of every blessing. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, grant us the grace to recognize the blessings you have placed in our lives and help us to be grateful for all that we have received. Send your Spirit to strengthen us in our present challenges and remind us that even the trials of hardship can be an occasion to deepen our faith and gratitude. To those who will travel, grant safe passage and good health. To those who will not see family or friends for this holiday, grant the solace of your loving presence. Make us one in your love, as you are one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.


In a new partnership among Notre Dame, the U.S. Navy, and Holy Cross College, deserving students will have the opportunity to enroll as midshipmen in Notre Dame’s Naval ROTC program after their initial year of college coursework.


Members of the Notre Dame family reflect upon what they most appreciate this year.


In blending his Nez Perce and Black heritage through traditional art, Kellen Lewis ’09 communicates his identity and creates spaces for representation.


For the second straight year, the Alumni Association invites you to join the Notre Dame family of faith as we ready our hearts and make way for the joy of Christ’s birth this Advent.


Join the Alumni Association and the ND Club network for Hope for the Holidays. Help bring cheer and smiles to the elderly, the poor, and those impacted most by the pandemic.



Rosary at the Grotto: Friday, Nov. 27 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Sophomore Matthew Brown will lead this week’s Rosary service from the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, available live or on-demand. » STREAM

Chalk Talk with Bill and Bill: North Carolina Week: Wednesday, Nov. 25 | 2:15 p.m. ET

Join former Irish assistants Bill Reagan and Bill Lewis for an in-depth breakdown of the X’s and O’s ahead of Friday’s matchup with the Tar Heels. » STREAM

Sacred Places of Notre Dame: Sunday, Nov. 29

As Advent begins, the Alumni Association once again brings you Sacred Places, a daily exploration of the spots on campus members of the Notre Dame family find sacred and meaningful. » SUBSCRIBE

Inspiring Conversations: Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 1 p.m. ET

In the final live discussion, join Richard Leider, founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, on the topic of human-centered leadership. » REGISTER 

An Irish Christmas at Kylemore: Wednesday, Dec. 2 | 1 p.m. ET

Travel to Kylemore Abbey — virtually — for some Christmas cheer. The Kylemore Book Club will celebrate the season with ND and local faculty showcasing music, art, fiction, and a Victorian Christmas at Kylemore. » REGISTER 

Notre Dame Family Wines Virtual Tasting: Wednesday, Dec. 2 | 7 p.m. ET

Presented by Rohr’s and featuring Rick Mirer ’93, former Notre Dame quarterback and owner of Mirror Wines. » LEARN MORE




Doing Mercy: The Love Called Forth by Sorrow

In the wake of tragedy, Rev. Joseph V. Corpora, C.S.C., ’76, ’83 M.Div., reflects on the give-and-take nature of ministry referred to by Pope Francis as the “culture of encounter.”


Fighting To Reach the Next Frontier in Space

In the final installment of “What Would You Fight For” for the 2020 season, Notre Dame physics professor Jay LaVerne is working with a multi-university team to design the next generation of materials allowing astronauts to safely explore deeper in space.



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