The leading center for scholarly reflection within the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition

  • Notre Dame Day 2016

    Notre Dame Day 2016

    Thank you to the hundreds of donors who supported the Center on Notre Dame Day. We finished (unofficially) 9th overall in voting, raising more than $13,000 in matching funds. THANK YOU!


  • Our Faculty

    Our Faculty

    Congratulations to law professor Nicole Garnett of our Faculty Advisory Committee, winner of the 2016 Reinhold Niebuhr Award!

    Learn more about Professor Garnett.

  • Student Programs

    Student Programs

    The Center sponsors 84 undergraduate and graduate students through our Sorin Fellowship Program, providing mentorship and formation in ethics as well as internship opportunities.

    Learn more about our student programs.

  • Vita Institute

    Vita Institute

    Our annual Vita Institute trains pro-life leaders and thinkers from around the world, preparing them to be even more effective advocates in defense of human dignity. The Institute takes place on campus June 17–25, 2016. 

    Learn more about the Vita Institute.

  • 2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    Congratulations to Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire and the Little Sisters of the Poor, honored with the 2016 Evangelium Vitae Medal for lifetime service in defense of life! 

    Learn more about the Little Sisters.


Praise for CEC Fellow Richard Doerflinger as He Retires From USCCB

Richard Doerflinger, a Public Policy Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, retired at the end of April after 36 years as the associate director for pro-life activities and policy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In recognition of his role as a lifelong champion in defense of human life, Doerflinger was honored in 2011 with the first ever Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, and as a Public Policy Felllow he continues to serve as an expert on bioethical issues.

Read more about Doerflinger here.

Sorin Fellow Interviewed on Disability and Abortion

Following on her "Women Deserve Better" op-ed published earlier this month in The Observer, Sorin Fellow Laura Wolk (L '16) was recently interviewed by Crux columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez. In the interview, Laura reflected on her own experience as a blind woman and the relationship between individualism, disability, and true freedom.

We will lose, and are losing, something very rich from the tapestry of the human experience by deciding on a societal level that whole classes of people do not warrant the right to life because we deem them valueless or, worse, a net negative.

Read the full interview here.

Inaugural Polking Fellow Announced

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is excited to announce the first recipient of the new Polking Family Fellowship. As the inaugural Polking Fellow, Margo Borders will begin studies in Fall 2016 at Notre Dame Law School.

"The Polking Family Fellowships are awarded to select incoming law students that have shown a great deal of potential to develop as leaders who understand the connection between the law, public policy, and building a sustainable culture of life," said O. Carter Snead, Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. "We are excited about what Margo will achieve in the coming years as our inaugural Polking Fellow. We believe that her work with the Center, its visiting fellows, its research, and its special events will serve to build a tremendous foundation for her professional career."

Learn more about Margo.

Upcoming Events

Disability and the Face of Mercy


A contribution to the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis, this closed conference will address questions specifically related to the topic of disability and the ways in which mercy, properly understood, requires friendship, communion, and a shared life with those who have disabilities. Find out more.