Graduate Mission Fellows
As part of its Mission Hiring Initiative to identify and attract eminent and emerging Catholic intellectuals to Notre Dame, the de Nicola Center offers top-up fellowships to select graduate students whose work draws upon, engages, and promotes the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. These fellows go on to augment the mission of Notre Dame, represent the university in the public square, and above all, help mold and guide the next generation of undergraduates.
Mission Fellows participate actively in the life of the de Nicola Center, attend dCEC-sponsored lectures and conferences throughout the year, help mentor undergraduate Sorin Fellows, and draw upon the academic and professional resources of our affiliated faculty and senior fellows as they work toward their degrees.
In 2018-2019, the Center is sponsoring nine Graduate Mission Fellows: Suzanne Beecher, Timothy Bradley, Fr. Justin Brophy, O.P., Sarah Clore, Colum Dever, Fr. Augustine Reisenauer, O.P., Bridget Ritz, Sr. Kim Tran, O.P., and Melody Wood.
Notre Dame Law School
Fr. Justin Brophy, O.P.
Father Brophy is working toward a doctorate in political science, specializing in constitutional studies and political theory. His main interests are the history of political theory, especially ancient and American political thought, the philosophy of law, and legal hermeneutics. “This past year I have had the pleasure of developing a close working relationship with the Center’s Visiting Remick Scholar, Michael Moreland. He has been instrumental in helping me to flesh out my ideas on legal philosophy and has acted as a professional mentor helping me to prepare lectures and papers," says Father Brophy.
“As a Dominican preacher, I am concerned with doing academic work of the highest caliber while also gearing those studies toward a creative and fruitful engagement with modern society,” Father Brophy continued. “My association with the Center allows me to seamlessly synthesize my role as evangelist with my vocation as scholar.”
Notre Dame Law School
Fr. Augustine Reisenauer, O.P.
History and Theology
Father Reisenauer is a doctoral student in the history of Christianity, focusing on Patristic theology with a secondary focus on medieval theology. “I have been encouraged by the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and its mission of promoting the Catholic intellectual tradition and cultural engagement," he writes. “Attending the Bread of Life dinners each semester; concelebrating the Mass and participating in the reception honoring the Little Sisters of the Poor; and meeting professional scholars, fellow practitioners, as well as other graduate and undergraduate students at various Center events have contributed to my involvement in a community that seeks to discover and promote—especially through scholarship and education, discussion and friendship—the truths and the values of the Catholic tradition.”
Sr. Kim Tran, O.P.