STEP Update, May 2017
Renewing Tradition

A Marian procession and May crowning will take place Sunday, May 7 at the University of Notre Dame. The procession will start at 1pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto behind the Sacred Heart Basilica and end with a crowning ceremony, blessing and reception at Geddes Hall. For more details and to register, please visit

Bringing Catholic Social Teaching and International Human Rights into Dialogue

The Convocate database at Notre Dame is a research tool for investigating the connections between international human rights and Catholic social teaching. The database serves as an unparalleled resource for those interested researching documents from one or the other domain.
Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. "Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the 'other' is not a statistic, or a number," he says. "We all need each other." YouTube's closed captioning will allow you to read the talk in English.

The Fitting Nature of the Sacraments

In a recent article in Church Life Journal, Bo Bonner reflects on how the sacraments are the one and only fitting answer to the human condition. He begins by sharing this quote, "By coming into this world our Lord Jesus Christ wished to bring holiness within the reach of all….For this end He provided certain means to fill up all their deficiencies, and supply all their needs in the supernatural order. These wonderful means of sanctification are the Sacraments. Their outward signs harmonize admirably with the grace which they contain, and with the effects which they produce. By their means, in a truly divine order of things, [created things], which have so often captivated [us] and drawn [us] away from God, become instruments for bringing [us] back." – Abbess Cecile Bruyere O.S.B.

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