Basilica celebrates 125th anniversary

first_imgIn the beginning, the University of Notre Dame was a log chapel alongside a lake in northern Indiana. Following the chapel’s construction, a church was built, and this same church became the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.  Sacred Heart Church, now the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, was consecrated on August 15, 1888. Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, said the building’s exterior has not changed since that day in 1888, although it took four additional years to complete the spire and bell tower.  “Fr. Sorin was very progressive in terms of education theory, but he was very conservative in his tastes,” Rocca said. “The bells in the tower were made in France, and all the stained glass windows came from France. In the Basilica, we have maybe the largest collection of 19th century French stained glass in one place.” The original Sacred Heart Church was 90 feet long by 38 feet wide, Rocca said. Because the original structure was torn down as the second one was constructed, he said the two represent a continuity of communities although the exterior building changed.  When the history is traced back to the 1847 origins, the current Basilica is the oldest church built in North America by the Congregation of Holy Cross, according to Rocca. Acknowledging its historical significance and lasting vitality, Pope John Paul II declared the church a basilica on Jan. 17, 1992.  “Basilica is an honorary title given to a church for a number of reasons,” Rocca said. “First, it has to have great historical significance… and another reason would be because it’s a place of pilgrimage. We usually have 100,000 people visit the Basilica each year.  Thirdly, usually a church that is designated a basilica is a living, vibrant community of faith, and our Basilica is a place where worship is celebrated regularly.  “Finally, a church that has been dedicated a basilica should be beautiful and well taken care of. It’s no doubt that the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the most beautiful churches around.” The designation as basilica followed a 14-month multi-million dollar renovation financed by former University trustee Thomas Coleman, Rocca said.  “[During this renovation], all the frescos were redone and all the stained glass windows were cleaned,” he said. “The church received new lighting, air conditioning, carpeting and a whole new slate roof.  “It was especially important that those paintings be restored because many of them had been covered with dust and dirt and incense smoke and had become dull. They were redone using the same method used in the Sistine Chapel to restore Michaelangelo’s frescoes.”  Rocca said the completion of the spire with the bell tower in 1892 represented the fulfillment of one of Fr. Sorin’s dreams. “One of the reasons Fr. Sorin wanted a nice bell tower was because he had been buying all these bells in the 1850s. He loved bells,” Rocca said. “These bells were made in France, and the first Sacred Heart Church had two wooden towers that could not support bells.  “For the longest time, he was collecting these bells from France, and he built a giant black crate in front of the Main Building to hold the bells until he could build a proper tower for them.”  The bells currently housed in the spire of the Basilica are the same ones acquired by Sorin, Rocca said.  “There are 23 bells up there plus one additional bell that weighs eight tons,” he said. “The 23 form what is called a carillon, which means the bells can play carols or tunes. We believe that this is the oldest carillon in North America.” Rocca said the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is not synonymous with Sacred Heart Parish, which is housed in the crypt of the building and is a “totally separate operation” with its own pastor and programming. The only person buried in the basilica proper is former University president John Francis Cardinal O’Hara, who led Notre Dame before World War II, he said. O’Hara served in the military archdiocese and went on to be the bishop of Buffalo, New York, and archbishop of Philadelphia, Penn. “The story goes that the people of Philadelphia loved Cardinal O’Hara and… they wanted him to be buried in the crypt of the cathedral in Philadelphia,” Rocca said. “But Cardinal O’Hara wanted to be buried with his fellow Holy Cross priests and brothers in our Holy Cross cemetery here.  “Apparently, after he died they realized there was a Church law that forbade cardinals from being buried underground, so he could not be buried in the community cemetery. Instead, they buried him in the then-Sacred Heart Church.” Though the true 125th anniversary occurred on August 15, Rocca said a celebration was held on August 16th to commemorate the original consecration while still observing the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the 15th. A “pick-up choir” made up of mostly past and current members of Notre Dame’s liturgical choir sang for the Mass celebrated by Holy Cross Bishop Daniel Jenky of the diocese of Peoria, Ill., he said.   “Following the Mass, there was a grand reception for everyone in the rotunda of the Main Building,” Rocca said. “Following the reception, there was a dinner for about 90 invited guests on the 14th floor of the Hesburgh Library, which was the perfect location because it has an incredible view of the side of the Basilica, the same view it would have been so long ago.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

Our new website

first_imgOur world is changing.Or, better yet, it has changed right in front of us with the creation of the internet. Those of us in college right now are some of the last people who will remember life before the internet, before our world changed.The way we consume news, hear about stories and share experiences has changed because of dot-coms, social media and blogs.But in our little world in the basement of South Dining Hall, we have always had one goal in mind since Nov. 3, 1966: To uncover the truth and report it accurately. We have worked the last 47 years to serve the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community with that statement at the forefront of our operations.So in order to continue our mission, we at The Observer felt as though we could better serve you — the student body, faculty and community — with a new website, one that fits your needs, schedules and curiosities.Over the past year, we have been working on getting it perfect, from a more appealing design to more user-friendly components. After all, this website is for you, the reader. We realize you most likely get your news online, and we are here to cater to you.We wanted to make this about you, so we went for a more interactive, simpler design that will make it easier for you to access our content in ways that you have never been able to before.Our new commenting system links your Facebook, Twitter or Google account to an article, blog or video that will create a more interactive realm for students, faculty and others to gather and create their own forum within a story. You can now share photos with us of events on campus or in the surrounding community. You can also directly submit letters to the editor online for the next day’s issue.Starting next week, you can view any of our student-life video features on the new YouTube ribbon on our home page or view a PDF version of our daily print edition from your laptop, tablet or computer and flip through the pages yourself if you didn’t make it to campus.By no means is this a competing venture with our award-winning print newspaper. We have seen this happen all too often with other outlets and newspapers around the country. What we wanted to do with our new website is create a supplementary experience that goes hand-in-hand with our daily newspaper and provides an additional, interactive service to the community — such as multimedia features and up-to-the-minute breaking news, among other features — that you wouldn’t be able to have by picking up our paper.We at The Observer are lucky to not face the same challenges that affect the rest of the newspaper industry with subscriber-based production. We are lucky to have you, the people who pick up our paper every day and make it what it is. Because of you, our newspaper will live on and continue our mission.We just thought we could show our gratitude for journeying with us in a changing world. (Just bear with us as we break in the site.) Check out our new world at and please let us know what you think. After all, this is for you, the reader.Tags: Andrew Gastelum, Internet,, The Observer, websitelast_img read more

Mooney to step down as SMC president after 2015-2016

first_imgOn Tuesday, Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney announced her retirement after the 2015-2016 academic year.At that point, Mooney will have led Saint Mary’s for 12 years as its first lay alumna president.Mary Burke, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a press release that the Board is grateful for all Mooney accomplished during her tenure as president.“Her most lasting legacy will be the Faith Always, Action Now campaign, the most successful capital campaign in our history, raising $105 million which will benefit generations of future Saint Mary’s students through scholarships and improved facilities,” Burke said.Mooney’s legacy as 11th president of the College will include the formation of three graduate programs that were announced earlier this year. In addition, the College’s endowment increased to over $160 million in spite of the Great Recession, the press release said.During her tenure, the College has increased the percentage of the student body from historically underrepresented groups from nine to 19. She also oversaw the establishment of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) to support and educate students on sexual and dating violence.In her final academic year, Mooney will oversee the College’s reaccreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, complete fundraising for the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex and obtain approval of a new master plan for the campus.Another priority during her last year as president will be to chair the newly announced Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence, which will be made up of students, faculty and staff members. The task force will recommend ways to further improve the College’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and misconduct and to assist and support student survivors of sexual assault.The Task Force was announced in the wake of the release of the CNN documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which detailed several allegations of sexual assault against Saint Mary’s students. Mooney declined to be interviewed for the film, but later spoke at a showing of it on campus.“My decision to retire next May comes at a natural time,” Mooney wrote in a letter to students. “Thank you for being the wonderful young women you are and for the support and friendship you have extended to me in so many ways at so many junctures.”Tags: Carol Ann Mooney, Saint Mary’s College, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

Visiting actors to perform ‘Taming of the Shrew‘

first_imgThe Actors from the London Stage are returning to Notre Dame this week for their 36th show on-campus. The group will perform Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in Washington Hall, Wednesday through Friday. The actors will also work with classes throughout the rest of the week.“Actors from the London Stage has 14 shows in its repertoire that they do with five actors,” Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, said. “The last time we did ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was spring of 2008. It was time in the rotation for it to come back.”Jackson said that Shakespeare at Notre Dame not only hosts the Actors from the London Stage twice a year before the group departs on its two month–long rotation across the United States, but also serves as the administrative base for the scheduling and logistics of their tours in the United States.“This is a fascinating piece to do in this idiom because of the intrinsic problems with it, because there’s five actors playing 25 to 30 roles, but in this play some of these characters are in disguise, so it’s an added complication,” Chris Donnelly, a member of the Actors from the London Stage said.The play is performed with minimal costumes and props in order to change characters quickly, Donnelly said.The actors were cast by the associate directors of the program in October and November and began preparations for the play in January. The five actors also serve as the directors of the play and make all of the artistic choices.“The main thing I’ve learned about it is the ability to easily give a note and take a note, which is a very difficult thing in our profession,” Donnelly said. “Because there is no director, you have to be each other’s eyes at the front. It’s good because you’re going to get five very different perspectives working together.”In addition to their three performances between Wednesday and Friday, the actors will also visit various classrooms to explore Shakespeare’s words and put them into action. “The actors go into class and they bring the actor’s perspective into various classes,” Jackson said. “They come in and illuminate the text, bringing it to life from a performance standpoint. It’s also a great way for the actors to see the states and try your hand at teaching because, for a lot of them, it’s the first time that they’ve ever taught.”Expanding beyond English or theater classrooms, the actors will meet with students from different backgrounds, including business and philosophy classes.“It’s really interesting how relevant what we do can be in most classes,” Donnelly said. “If you’re a lawyer, you’ve got to be able to stand there stand there in court, or a business majors have to be able to run teams. You’ve got to have a level of confidence, a level of communication, a level of eye contact.”Jackson said that Shakespeare’s work is still applicable in the contemporary world.“Shakespeare has a sheer versatility to his works; in terms of being able to apply his works into all these different settings and cultures, we can all find a little bit of ourselves reflected back in his works that lends his voice a certain resonance, especially at a Catholic university like Notre Dame,” Jackson said. Tags: Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, Taming of the Shrew, The Actors from the London Stage, Washington Halllast_img read more

Corby Hall to be demolished in June, rebuilt

first_imgCorby Hall, a priest’s residence hall and one of the oldest buildings on campus, will be demolished this summer and rebuilt, The South Bend Tribune reported Wednesday.Built in the late 19th century, Corby Hall is property of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and does not belong to Notre Dame. However, the University and the religious order decided together to replace the building, the report said.“We originally planned to renovate the old building and put an addition on,” Rev. Austin Collins, the religious superior of the Corby Hall community, said to The South Bend Tribune. “It just was not feasible.”University spokesman Dennis Brown said the structure of the building made renovation not possible.“The load-bearing walls in the current structure were such that we couldn’t effectively renovate the building,” he said to The South Bend Tribune.The report said, the building has been home to several “famous residents,” including University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and former football coach Knute Rockne.The new Corby Hall will feature a “similar design” to the old building and is expected to be completed in spring of 2020. Until the hall is completed, the 28 current residents will live elsewhere on campus.The new building will be constructed with $20 million from Mary and Jay Flaherty’s gift to the University and Congregation of the Holy Cross last year as well as $10 million from Notre Dame, the report said.Tags: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Corby Halllast_img read more

Beautiful Weekend Ahead

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A cool air mass over Western New York is slated to bring a quiet weekend. Although it will be cooler with temperatures running well below the average of 76. For your Saturday, plenty of sunshine with a few clouds around. Highs only in the lower-60’s.Tonight it will remain clear but temperatures bottom out into the upper-30’s to lower-40’s. Patchy frost is possible inland away from the lakes. If you have plants outside, it may be a good idea to cover them for the night. Sunday will feature more sunshine and a bit more warmth as highs will reach to near 70.A blocking high pressure system will remain parked in place for most of the upcoming week. This will provide for plenty of sunshine everyday through the week. With the next best chance of rain not being until near the end of the week. Temperatures will begin a gradual warming pattern over this period. Highs in the mid-70’s on Monday, reaching the lower-80’s by mid week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

24th COVID-19 Death Reported In Chautauqua County Today

first_img5 19.08% All Ages24 7 18 68 14775- Ripley1 14726- Conewango Valley0 15.9% 18 440 14781- Sherman2 Percent 70-797 2.3% 1.2% 13.46% 4.5% 0.7% Percent of Total Cases 369.5 20 0.4% 557.7 191.7 20-29492 409 0.0% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 395.5 2 17.1% 208.1 2 23 11 0.4% 566.4 3.4% 20.42% 14081- Irving1 25.3% 1.0% 12.45% 218.7 14063- Fredonia9 New Cases 109.3 25 MAYVILLE – A new COVID-19 related death has been reported in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported the death, the 24th since the pandemic started, involving a person in their 80s.Additionally, 43 new cases of the virus were reported with 385 active.There are 36 people hospitalized in the county with the seven-day percent positive rate at 9.0 percent, up from 8.2 yesterday. There are now 2,578 cases total with 2,169 recovered.A full breakdown of today’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Total Cases 9 14716- Brocton3 80-898 14136- Silver Creek1 43 246.4 14723- Cherry Creek0 70-79187 100.6 6 646.8 2578 19 167.5 2 2.6% 384.6 244.8 0.0 0 182.1 1.7% 14738- Frewsburg1 8 0.8% 60-693 370.4 14728- Dewittville0 Symptoms 252.1 2.3% 3.49% 2 278.0 4 0 58 14701- Jamestown10 19 100.0% 37 21 21 Age Group 14740- Gerry0 Age 14720- Celoron0 1 14710- Ashville0 60 0.6% 90+35 12.45% 0.9% 50-59369 14048- Dunkirk8 0.93% 653 2.2% 3.9% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 31 Number 33 88 0.7% 14750- Lakewood0 Yes1243 Symptoms Known1562 1.4% 0.00% 0-19350 1.36% 0.54% 7.25% Fatality Rate 8 4 193.6 12.57% 14767- Panama0 50-592 10 80-8990 13.58% 0.8% 14722- Chautauqua0 Active Cases 452.9 14757- Mayville0 197.4 181.7 59 30-39324 35 1000.6 239.1 Percent 8 297.0 9 12 14733- Falconer0 6 5 Zip Code Fatality Rate by Age Group 0.93% 1.9% 25 383.0 Total 43 385 40-49347 40-492 0-390 14718- Cassadaga0 0.3% 4 48 2 99.7 233.0 0.8% 95 3.7% 1.4% 14787- Westfield1 5.71% 14062- Forestville2 14138- South Dayton0 5 21 14782- Sinclairville0 33 16 14769- Portland1 14724- Clymer1 1 Number 276.7 3 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 79.58% No319 117 0.2% 31 5 Total Deaths 381.2 14747- Kennedy0 101 105.5 1.3% 14736- Findley Lake0 4 0.58% 37 8.89% 14712- Bemus Point2 14784- Stockton0 3.74% 0.2% 60-69321 90+2 96 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hedwig, Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Recoups on Broadway

first_img Star Files Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch The cast also includes Tony winner Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Harris departs the show on August 17; Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will step into his high heels August 20 through October 12. As part of an ongoing partnership, the production has also donated $100,000 to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential. Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. Lena Hallcenter_img Andrew Rannells The Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which stars Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, has recouped its initial capitalization. John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock musical, which only performs seven instead of the usual eight Broadway shows per week, has set the box office record at the Belasco Theatre four times. Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Mark Rylance-Led Farinelli and the King Will Transfer to West End

first_imgThree-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is returning to the West End—next stop Broadway? Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King, which is currently running at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre. Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, the production will open in September 2015 for a limited engagement.Rylance won the Tony for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing and was nominated for Richard III (which played in rep with Twelfth Night). He has also appeared on the Great White Way in La Bete. Rylance will soon be seen on PBS in the screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.Set in eighteenth-century Spain, the show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The new play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s. View Commentslast_img read more

Gabriella Pizzolo Officially Moves Into Fun Home

first_img Fun Home Gabriella Pizzolo is set to officially begin performances as Small Alison in Fun Home on October 6. She steps in for Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, who she had previously understudied, in the Tony-winning musical. The production is playing at Broadway’s Circle in the Square.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home.The cast of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s tuner also includes Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more