As part of the ND Senior Alumni Signature Event Series, we are pleased to sponsor a very special Lenten Celebration for 2021.  This celebration will include a mass followed by a discussion on a very relevant and timely topic.

Celebration of Mass

ND Log Chapel



The mass will be held at noon on Sunday March 14th at the Log Chapel conducted by NDSA Chaplin Fr. Tom Streit, C.S.C., ’80, ’85 M.Div., ’94 Ph.D.  Fr. Tom promises to hold it under 30 minutes.




Discussion:  Are Young Catholics Eschewing the Pew?

Where are the Young Catholics?


Do you look around during mass and wonder why it looks like a "senior retreat" or ask yourself where are all the younger members of the parish?  To tee up this subject, an interactive discussion on the subject of:  Are Young Catholics Eschewing the Pew? will follow mass at 12:30EDT.  The session will be moderated by Professor Christian Smith of the ND Sociology Department.  During this discussion, Professor Smith will share background on this topic and you will have the ability to provide input and to ask questions.  

Event Registration - To register for this event, go to:  NDSA Lenten Celebration.  A link to join will be included in the confirmation email.  Feel free to join for either of the two segments or the whole event. 

Club Leaders - Promote this event as a simply way to engage alums of all ages during Lent.   Go here for a toolkit with materials to use for local club promotion (Note - must be logged in to the platform for access to the document). In addition, think about adding your own Zoom event to hold a discussion with local alums about this topic. Invite a young alum to share their perspective.  If you have questions, contact Mike Staub '78 at ndsa.east@alumni.nd.edu

About the Presenter

Professor Christian Smith

Christian Smith attended Wheaton College (1978–1979) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Gordon College in 1983. Smith earned his Master of Arts (1987) and Doctor of Philosophy (1990) degrees from Harvard University, where he also spent a year studying theology at Harvard Divinity School.  Smith came to ND in 2006 and is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

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