Celebrating 175 Years
Embodying the heart of the Congregation of Holy Cross mission to educate the mind, body, and spirit, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., set forth from his native France for the United States with a missionary zeal to establish schools and educate young Americans in religion, business, and the needs of daily life.
In November 1842, Father Sorin trekked from Vincennes, Indiana, more than 300 miles north in the frigid cold to a swath of land beside a snow-covered lake. There, he built the school he had long envisioned, the University of Notre Dame, and expected it to become one of the most powerful means for good in this country. Today, 175 years later, it is a premier institution of higher learning that attracts students from around the world.
In the tradition of Father Sorin’s inspirational journey and intrepid spirit—our Notre Dame spirit—we will retrace his journey from Vincennes to Notre Dame. We will travel those miles in a collective renewal of our determination, to rededicate ourselves to Notre Dame’s mission to seek God, study the world, and serve humanity—to boldly lead the way into the new chapters of our story.