Students participate in Las Posadas, a Christmas celebration of Latin American origin to re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for baby Jesus.
As Christians enter the season of Advent, we at the University of Notre Dame join the Church in this time of reflection and preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. As a result of our Catholic character, we also welcome and honor the faith traditions of all members of the Notre Dame family, believing that one of the essential tests of justice within any Christian community is its enduring spirit of inclusion. We seek to promote ecumenical and interfaith understanding, cooperation, and welcome, at Notre Dame and around the world.
Throughout December, Notre Dame News will feature stories that explore and celebrate the myriad faith traditions of the University’s community of faculty, staff, students and alumni.
On December 9 and 11, Grant Mathews, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Notre Dame, will present his annual astrophysics perspective on the origins of the star of Bethlehem, also known as the Christmas Star.
Now in its sixteenth year, the conference takes an up-close look at one of the most symbolic aspects of the Christmas season through the eyes of science, and it has become an annual tradition, which was Mathews’s hope from the very beginning. Read more here.
This Advent season, the Notre Dame Alumni Association invites members of the campus community, as well as the public, to share stories of sacred and meaningful moments as part of Notre Dame Sacred Stories, a series of daily reflections. on video from Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read more here.