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Center Sponsors Student Internship at the Vatican


Over the summer, the Center sponsored an internship at the Vatican for Steven Waldorf, a Notre Dame graduate student. He describes his experience below:

"This summer, I worked as an intern in the Patrons of the Arts Office in the Vatican Museums.  The Patrons Office raises funds for the restoration and conservation of pieces housed in the collections of the Vatican Museums, including for high-profile restoration projects such as the lateral walls of the Sistine Chapel, the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, and the frescoes in the Pauline Chapel.  As an intern at the Patrons Office, I researched philanthropic foundations to which the Vatican Museums can apply for grants to assist with covering the cost of restoration work.  I also assisted the director of the Patrons Office, Rev. Mark Haydu, LC, with the editing of his upcoming book on the depiction of angels in Vatican art. The opportunity to serve the Church by working at the Patrons Office is a great blessing, and I am most grateful for the support of the Center for Ethics and Culture in making my participation in the internship program possible."

Book in Center Series Wins Catholic Press Association Award


This week, the Catholic Press Association awarded a Book Award in the area of faith and science to Christopher Kaczor's A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience. The Center published Professor Kaczor's book as a part of its Notre Dame Medical Ethics Series with the University of Notre Dame Press. 

Learn more about our book series with the University of Notre Dame Press or check out our recent publications.



John Keown is the Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown. He holds a law degree from Cambridge, a doctorate from Oxford, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales, winning the Prize for Advocacy. He was the first holder of a lectureship in the law and ethics of medicine at Cambridge, where he held fellowships at Queen’s College and Churchill College.

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