A Catholic University in Service to the Church and the World

How can we become even more an intellectual center for Catholicism, serve the global Church, foster a dialogue between faith and reason, encourage fruitful engagement among Christian churches and the world’s great religious traditions, and respond to the growing secularism of our time?

Committee Charge

  • Assess the current state of our efforts around this theme and its place at Notre Dame
    • What is being done?
    • What are the strengths?
    • Where are the weaknesses or gaps? 
  • Identify a small number of priority areas within this theme where Notre Dame can be distinctive and have the most impact over the next decade;
  • Based on your conclusions about where we can focus our energy and resources, develop a vision and set of specific recommendations for the initiatives, resources, and structures needed to move this theme and our goals forward.

Key Questions

Explore the following questions related to the Theme of A Catholic University in Service to the Church and the World:

  • How can Notre Dame grow as an intellectual center for Catholicism and faith generally, be the leader in fostering dialogue between faith and reason and in research on religion across the disciplines?
  • How can we deepen the understanding of the Catholic tradition among students, foster a healthy dialogue between faith and reason, help deepen our students’ spiritual lives, and prepare future leaders for the Church?
  • How can we foster understanding and greater unity among Christian churches and fruitful dialogue among the world’s great religious traditions?
  • How do we respond to society’s growing secularism and disaffiliation of young people from religious practice and traditions?
  • How can we best serve the global Catholic Church?
  • What opportunities exist for collaboration in research, course development, and programming/service activities that are animated by our Catholic character?
  • How can we increase experiential learning opportunities and service activities related to Catholicism and faith?

Committee Members

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Co-Chair
William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Rev. John A. O’Brien College Professor of American Studies
Professor of History

Timothy Matovina, Co-Chair
Professor of Theology
Department Chair, Theology

Katie Bugyis, Committee Member
Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
Faculty Fellow, Medieval Institute
Faculty Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Rev. Austin I. Collins, C.S.C., Committee Member
Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs
Professor of Sculpture

Edward Maginn, Committee Member
Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Engineering

Colleen Moore, Committee Member
Director of Formation, McGrath Institute for Church Life
Program Director, Echo

Gabriel Reynolds, Committee Member
Jerome J. Crowley and Rosaleen G. Crowley Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology

Clemens Sedmak, Committee Member
Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Professor of Social Ethics
Concurrent Professor of Theology

O. Carter Snead, Committee Member
Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture
Professor of Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science

John Staud, Committee Member
Executive Director, Alliance for Catholic Education

Chuck Lamphier, Committee Staff
Executive Director, Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs

Megan Snyder, Committee Scheduling and Administrative Support
Senior Administrative Coordinator, College of Arts and Letters

Lissa Bill, OSPIR Liaison
Senior Strategic Planning Program Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research