Annual Breakfast

Annual Breakfast

Informed discussions of current topics and trends that bear importantly on the Catholic identity of Notre Dame


Our Annual Breakfast during Alumni Weekend has become an extremely popular event with an overflowing attendance each year and a live broadcast of the program for those who are unable to be there in person. Knowledgeable speakers on faculty such as Fr. Bill Miscamble, Prof. Gerry Bradley, Prof. Walter Nicgorski, Prof. Charles Rice, and Prof. Ralph McInerny have joined students, alumni and others to address a range of issues relating to Notre Dame‘s Catholic identity.

Sycamore Trust is a model of calm and reasonable yet unrelenting friendly questioning of recent events on the South Bend campus. (Ralph McInerny 1929-2010.)

History

Our first panel discussion was held in the spring of 2007 with presentations focused on Father Jenkins’s approval of The Vagina Monologues. The event that year drew an audience that filled a large lecture hall. So did our 2008 and 2009 events — especially the latter, which dealt with Father Jenkins’s decision to honor President Obama, a decision that was harshly criticized by 83 cardinals, archbishops, and bishops.

In both years we were on the official Reunion Weekend program. But in 2010 the Alumni Association changed the long-standing policy under which that was possible. Expecting a much-reduced attendance, we moved that year to a Morris Inn meeting room and added a breakfast to the format.

As it turned out, we underestimated the program‘s draw. Although alumni attending Reunion Weekend were not told of it through the official calendar of events, word got out and the room was filled beyond capacity. So we moved the following year to the Conference Center and, with the exception of 2013, when we met in the Hilton Inn because the Morris Inn was closed for renovations, the event continued in that location until 2020 when Reunion Weekend was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. We began streaming the program speakers on the Internet in 2013 and now reach hundreds of alumni with informed discussions of issues that bear importantly on the Catholic identity of Notre.

Spread the Word

Although we are listed in official program for Reunion Weekend, our experience has been that most people learn about our Breakfast by word of mouth. Therefore if you know of anyone who will be on campus for Reunion Weekend, please tell them about our event. And if you would like to help us further spread the word, please let us know.  You can contact us at (888) 844-1390 or info@sycamoretrust.org.

Registration & Information

Plans for our 2021 Breakfast are still tentative due to the university’s COVID-19 response and the two-year reconstruction of McKenna Hall. Nevertheless, if you will be in the South Bend area or plan to attend Reunion 2021 on Saturday, June 5, please let us know at events@sycamoretrust.org


Annual Breakfast 2019

The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh 

Saturday June 1, 2019
Conference Center at McKenna Hall
Room Lower Level