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Center Awards Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus


The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2015 Evangelium Vitae Medal to Carl A. Anderson and the Knights of Columbus.

“Since its inception, the Knights of Columbus has protected and supported the most vulnerable among us,” said O. Carter Snead, William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. “Its members have been at the forefront of the struggle to promote a culture of life through their work at the local, national and international levels. They have tirelessly volunteered, educated, advocated, donated and prayed on behalf of every human life from conception to natural death. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus richly deserve to be recognized as heroic contributors to the pro-life cause; they embody the spirit of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal.”

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steven_waldorf_photoCenter Sponsors Graduate Student Internship in Rome

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."


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 Queens' College and Churchill College.

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