Notre Dame’s mission statement affirms that the university’s Catholic character “depends upon, and is nurtured by, the continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic intellectuals.” At the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, we believe that the most powerful mechanism for preserving a robust Catholic identity at Notre Dame is an intentional and careful program of hiring for mission.
Through our Mission Stewardship initiative, the de Nicola Center helps Notre Dame identify and attract the best eminent and emerging scholars whose work draws upon, engages, and promotes the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. Working closely with university faculty and administration, as well as our vast network of affiliated academics, we seek out the elite scholars who will 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.
The faculty and graduate fellows identified through our Mission Stewardship initiative enrich the university’s Catholic and intellectual atmosphere and contribute to her reputation for unparalleled academic excellence. Their witness in academia and the public square help ensure Notre Dame’s flourishing as the world’s premiere Catholic research university.
To learn more about our Mission Stewardship initiative, contact Center Associate Director Laura Gonsiorek.