Wednesday, April 12



To those who are interested in the Catholic character of Notre Dame (especially, but not only students, parents, faculty, and alumni), please write to the following people (listed below, in order of importance) and tell them what you think of Fr. Jenkins' recent decision. Please be respectful, but also firm. (i.e., Read through the statement carefully before writing.) This was intended as a compromise decision, and it is important that Fr. Jenkins know that it will not be viewed as such.
(All of Fr. Jenkins's statements on this topic can be found here.)

Fr. Tyson is Fr. Jenkins's provincial superior, and he is well-known for banning the Monologues at the University of Portland when he was president there. It is also important to write the development office, especially regarding cancelled donations, parents and students no longer interested in Notre Dame, etc., because, let's face it, if you want to hit a university hard, hit them in the wallet.

Also if everyone would kindly pass on this information to others who would be interested in writing, we would appreciate it greatly.

There's your marching orders for the day, folks, now back to your regularly scheduled Holy Week, already in progress.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President, University of Notre Dame
400 Main Building
P.O. Box 755
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C.

Provincial Superior, Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province
54515 State Rd 933 N
P.O. Box 1064
Notre Dame, IN 46556
David.T.Tyson.4 (at)

Department of Development
University of Notre Dame
1100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5612
Develop.1 (at)

UPDATE (Taken from Mike Roesch): Please remember that the bad part about this decision is not that the VM will continue to be allowed, but rather that the academic departments are now virtually autonomous since they appear to have essentially bullied the President into this course of action. Nothing Fr. Jenkins said in his first address matches up with what his closing address stated.

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