Annual Breakfast 2019

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2019 Annual Breakfast

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

Our Annual Breakfast during Reunion 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.

  Please join Father Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., Mackenzie Kraker (’19), Jim Martinson (’19), and Bill Dempsey (’52) for a discussion of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity in light of Father’s new biography of Father Hesburgh and in the experience of students.  

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Conference Center at McKenna Hall
Room Lower Level
Complimentary breakfast opens at 7:15 a.m.
Program 8:00 am – 9:30 am


Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

Father Miscamble is an award-winning historian and former chair of the History Department and Rector of Moreau Seminary who has been engaged for decades in discussions about Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. In his new book, American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh (Penguin Random House), he gives us a clear-eyed and capacious portrait of Father Hesburgh as Notre Dame president and public servant, with his many  praiseworthy qualities and contributions but also his single-minded quest for the acclaim of secular academe that has led to a major weakening of the Catholic identity of the University.

Mackenzie Kraker & Jim Martinson

Mackenzie Kraker (’19) and Jim Martinson (’19) are recipients of this year’s Sycamore Trust award for outstanding contributions to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. Mackenzie is president of Militia of the Immaculata, the Notre Dame chapter of the worldwide evangelization movement founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe in 1917. Jim is president of Students for Child Oriented Policies (SCOP), which advocates for children by promoting marriage, education, and adoption and defending against the harms of pornography and drug/alcohol abuse. Jim spearheaded this year’s anti-pornography campaign.

Register to Attend

There is no charge to attend our Annual Breakfast. But for planning purposes, we need to know how many people to expect for breakfast. So please complete the registration form below (once for you and once for each of your guests) to let us know that you intend to join us at this year’s event.

Watch Online

If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can join us online for a live broadcast of the presentations. For instructions and updates, please register below.

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