February 26, 2015 - Fr. Hesburgh Passes Away
"If you could put one word on your tomb what would it be? I'd say Priest. I think that one word is for me, if there was a center of my existence that's what I'd want it to be. And I pray to God that I not only live as a Priest but die as a Priest."
- Father Theodore Hesburgh
Last evening at the Holy Cross House on campus, Fr. Hesburgh passed away with his brother and sister-in-law by his side. He had been praying he would be able to say mass on his last day on Earth and at 11:30 am he said mass at Holy Cross House. He would pass away twelve hours later at the age of 97. Fr. Hesburgh had been the oldest C.S.C. priest.
Students gathered at the Grotto following the announcement and arranged the candles to spell "TED" while another left a cigar among the racks.
The University is planning a memorial mass in the Basilica, a procession to the Holy Cross Community Cemetery, and a memorial commemoration in the Purcell Pavilion.
While it is too difficult to list every event that is significant from Fr. Hesburgh's life (there are too many of them), here are a select offering of events we have chronicled in the past:
- May 25, 1917: Fr. Hesburgh is born in Syracuse, NY
- August 15, 1935: Fr. Hesburgh is received into the Congregation of Holy Cross
- August 16, 1936: Fr. Hesburgh makes his First Profession of Vows
- August 16, 1939: Fr. Hesburgh professed Final Vows
- June 10, 1940: Fr. Hesburgh returns to the United States
- June 24, 1943: Fr. Hesburgh is ordained a C.S.C. Priest
- June 27, 1952: Fr. Hesburgh is named 15th President of Notre Dame
- September 9, 1957: Fr. Hesburgh is appointed by President Eisenhower to the Commission on Civil Rights
- February 9, 1962: Fr. Hesburgh appears on the cover of Time
- July 21, 1964: Fr. Hesburgh stands arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr.
- September 14, 1964: President Johnson awards the Medal of Freedom to Fr. Hesburgh
- August 7, 1972: Fr. Hesburgh announces Notre Dame will be a co-education institution
- May 20, 1984: Fr. Hesburgh receives an honorary Notre Dame degree
- June 1, 1987: Fr. Hesburgh steps down as University President
- July 13, 2000 - President Clinton awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Fr. Hesburgh
- January 4, 2002: Fr. Hesburgh carries the Olympic Torch
- May 26, 2002: Fr. Hesburgh earns his 150th honorary degree
- April 17, 2013: Fr. Hesburgh is declared an Honorary Naval Chaplain
- February 26, 2015: Fr. Hesburgh passes away
- March 3, 2015: The Wake and Visitation for Fr. Hesburgh
- March 4, 2015: Fr. Hesburgh's Funeral followed by Memorial Tribute
"You don't come to Notre Dame to learn something. You come to Notre Dame to learn to be somebody. - Fr. Ted
Keywords: father hesburgh, csc, honorary degree, grotto, basilica, martin luther king jr, president johnson, president clinton, medal of freedom, congressional gold medal, president eisenhower, commission on civil rights
Posted On: 2015-02-27 06:13:24 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2015-03-08 13:32:43 by IrishTrpt07
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