Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

As the calendar flips tomorrow from April to May, it represents one of the telltale signs that spring is in full bloom. Even while our gatherings are still limited and socially distanced, there is always something celebratory about the month of May — graduations and proms, baseball and softball games, the Kentucky Derby and Indy 500, and much more. In the Catholic Church, it’s a month devoted to Our Lady. And of course, it’s a time when we honor the mothers and mother figures in our lives.

We invite all of you to once again join us virtually on Facebook in praying the Rosary for mothers and mother figures on Friday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can also submit your own Grotto prayer intentions and they will be prayed on your behalf.

I wish all the moms and mother figures in the ND family a joyful week ahead, and I pray that those among us whose mothers are no longer with us are comforted by the fond memories we shared. Please know of our continued prayers for you and your families.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association


Submit your own special prayer request honoring or remembering the mothers in your life and the Alumni Association will offer it for you at the Grotto.


With 90 percent of undergraduate and professional students having received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the University announced the relaxation of several campus health protocols.


Since applying the vaccine research from her thesis advisor to the veterinary market, 2020 Domer Dozen honoree Ashley Kalinauskas ’13 M.S. has helped treat thousands of canine cancer patients.


After serving for nine years as vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, Erin Hoffmann Harding ’97 will step down at the end of May to join the education practice at McKinsey & Co.


In the Season 5 premiere of this FaithND podcast, Alumni Association Associate Director of Spirituality and Service Dan Allen ’07, ’11 M.Div. chats with Steve Camilleri ’94, Executive Director of the South Bend Center for the Homeless.



Fighting Irish Fighting COVID: Ongoing

Volunteers from the Notre Dame family have logged more than 5,500 hours helping fight against COVID in their communities. » JOIN THE FIGHT

Virtual Rosary: Fri., April 30 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Join Rev. John DeRiso, C.S.C., '93, '01 M.Div., for a virtual Rosary service. » STREAM

Rome Book Club: Thurs., May 6 | 11:30 a.m. ET

“Raphael’s School of Athens: The Medium and the Message” is the latest offering from the Rome Book Club exploring the culture of the High Renaissance. » REGISTER

Mother’s Day Prayer Service: Fri., May 7 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Offer your prayer for the mom in your life and join the Notre Dame family for a virtual Rosary service at the Grotto in honor of Mother’s Day. » SUBMIT YOUR PRAYERS | STREAM






A Live Chat from Space

On March 24, NASA astronaut and Notre Dame parent Colonel Mike Hopkins joined the Notre Dame community for a live streamed discussion from the International Space Station. He later shared this Daily Gospel Reflection with the FaithND community.


A New Lease on Life

Notre Dame Law School students have assisted a St. Joseph County expungement clinic by completing hundreds of petitions for ex-offenders eager to break from the past and access employment, housing, education, and other opportunities.


Out of the Shadow

With clinical shadowing for preprofessional students on hiatus amid the pandemic, Notre Dame seniors Tyler Dann, Leah Gudex, and Alex Nesbit created a one-credit Winter Session class, Biomedical Case Studies in Medicine, for alumni physicians to share their experiences with the next generation of allied health workers.


Taking Flight to Save Lives

When 2020 Domer Dozen honoree Nate Alexander ’17 saw a gap in his helicopter company’s business model, he proposed a solution. Now, his initiative is saving lives through the BLADE Medical Mobility Organ Procurement Program.


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