Annual Breakfast 2022

Wealth, Wokism, and A 'Neighborhood' In Decline

This is a complete recording of the presentations for our 2022 Annual Breakfast during Reunion Weekend. An event program is available for download below — next to the Support Sycamore QR code (which can also be clicked on). Feel free to post comments and questions below or send us an email at We will respond to them all.

Note: If you have not already read them, we highly recommend two of Father’s Miscamble’s books that are also mentioned during the program, American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh and For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart and Soul of a Catholic University.

33 Responses to “Live”

  1. Thank you for posting the video of the livestream. God bless Fr. Bill the voice of truth and conscience for UND, and let’s all pray for that the Holy Spirit to guide John McGreevy.

  2. 6/6/22
    I am not a Notre Dame alumnus, but did attend one of Fr. Miscamble’s wonderful talks at Providence College a few years ago…I was so impressed, then, as he exuded immense passion in his presentation. Thus, I would not and did not miss his livestreamed presentation this past Saturday morning, one in which I thoroughly enjoyed, as I absorbed his every word, and inimitable humor…his dedication for the preservation of ND’s Catholic identity is palpable, and I thank Sycamore Trust for the opportunity to view the event. As I listened to the speakers, I could not help but admire them for sharing their courage and sincere concern for their beloved university. While watching the livestream of the function room at the hotel, the speakers and those in attendance, a thought came to mind. I thought of ND’s celebrated football program and the many thousands of fans who cheer their athletic heroes to each single game victory in their massive stadium. Then I thought of Sycamore Trust, the relatively few in attendance at last Saturday’s presentation, compared to the immense numbers of football fans at a ND game event…tens of thousands to cheer for a single ND game victory, compared to a relatively few who display their genuine concern for the crucial and profound mission to preserve the true Catholic identity of their university. For me, as I pondered, it was the profound mission of Sycamore Trust, its members, speakers, and like-minded followers who are the truly embattled warriors in via crucis for their beloved Notre Dame, and our Catholic Confirmation of faith…God Bless you, and your daunting crusade.
    Lou Rhyner

    • Thank you, Lou. Given your admiration for Father Miscamble, that so many share, you’ll be pleased to know that we will be posting in probably a month’s time a 4-part series on Ex Corde by Father Miscamble. We had a studio session with him Monday after the Breakfast to tape his remarks and will turn to editing it in a couple of weeks. On the relatively small numbers, we think in terms of mustard seeds and remnants. God bless.

  3. John McNamara '86 June 5, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    It was a refreshing pleasure to watch both Fr. Miscamble and Mary Myer speak Saturday morning. It was so refreshing to hear intellectual talks on where society is going, rather than frauds claiming this and that about America’s Judeo Christian culture, and pushing more and more immoral and nonsensical behavior become accepted by all, particularly our children. I like Fr. Miscamble’s comparison of Catholic lay resistance, towards our malformed and poorly formed Catholic hierarchy and academic administrators, as being like the French resistance after Paris fell, rather than being like marooned and forgotten Japanese soldiers on isolated islands 25 years after WWII ended. That was encouraging. It was so refreshing to hear a Catholic priest with a desire to encourage the teaching of Catholicism, rather than secularism. Every day that the University suffers with John Jenkins as president, rather than Wilson Miscamble, is a loss to Notre Dame, the University of Notre Dame and American higher education. An example of this loss is when every single Liberal Studies professor at Notre Dame posted a pro-gay sign on their door after Mary Myer wrote “THE Editorial”. Congrats to her and her parents and family that she was strong enough to weather all the hostility she endured for being a “voice in the wilderness”. That can be a very lonely and scary position to be in, even for people twice her age. What a fine reflection she is on her family, her upbringing, and the University of Notre Dame. I hope that in the future she will see what many Sycamore readers already see, how weak and lemming-like the professors and students were, who failed to respect her integrity in defending the TRUTH, the true Roman Catholic faith.

  4. Mary Sammon’s comment move me to remark that the ancient Sycamore spreads its branches wide and its seeds are bursting with potential new life.

  5. Wonderful to be able to view the presentations. Thank you for recording!

  6. Frank Cecil Mashuda June 5, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Well done, Bill. Your courage and a determination to keep the Faith alive is inspiring and remarkable. Thank you for your witness. I will follow your example and be true to the Truth.

  7. Sooo enjoyed these presentations! My son teaches Catholic Theology at a Catholic University and has butted heads with DEI at his University. He has tenure, thank God, but May not be enough!!! I believe these issues are happening at all Catholic Universities. My alma mater, St Louis and our neighborhood university , John Carroll.
    Every Catholic University needs a Sycamore Trust!!! God bless your every effort!

    • We think so too. In fact, we are interested in talking with anyone who might want to help start an organization like ours at their alma mater. We think that there is a great deal of good that can come from developing a confederation of independent alumni organizations that work like Sycamore to protect the religious identity of their respective schools. There are several funders who agree and who might help to fund an effort if the interest exists. As you have the opportunity, please pass along the invitation to be in touch with us to discuss. God bless.

  8. Both speeches were excellent

    • Thank you, Joe. I’m glad you thought well of them. All of our programs have been very good in the past. But this one — because of the timeliness of the topic and the talent of the speakers — might have been the best.

  9. Dennis Malinowski June 4, 2022 at 9:00 am

    We wanted so badly to attend the breakfast this year but had to cancel due to medical concerns. Thank you for making this streaming presentation available – what a Wonderful job you all did. And as always highly impressed by Fr. Miscamble. God Bless Mary Frances Myler for her courage. Come Holy Spirit – Bless Notre Dame and Sycamore Trust.

    • I hope those concerns have subsided and glad that you were able to watch the streaming. Maybe we will see you next year. The Breakfast will be at the same time and place on June 3. God bless.

  10. Diane Verploegh June 4, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Thank you so very much for making this highly needed event possible, especially for those of us who could not attend in person. God bless all of you for standing for God’s unchanging truth.

  11. Thank you for doing what you do to help protect and defend Catholicism.

  12. Great!
    “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His Name.” — Psalm 100:4

  13. Scott Braley, Class of '70 June 4, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Actions we can take … does writing to Fr. Jenkins or the Alumni Assn work, or is that simply wasted effort? How do we get their attention? Beyond figuratively ‘bombing buildings’ or ‘assassinating officers’ of the university (ala ‘resistance’) what can we alumni do that is genuinely effective to stop the falling/change the direction back to Catholic at ND?

    • First of all, pray. We continue to organize more opportunities for prayer. But we need to do more. In addition, we try to build force in numbers by issuing open letters for people to sign on to. Writing to Fr Jenkins and the NDAA does not hurt. It would be worse to be silent. But the best two things, with prayer in the background, is to help spread the word about Sycamore and have people sign up for our mailing list and to donate to help us continue to support the work that students like Mary Frances Myler are doing on campus. In addition, we are beginning to talk about forming a confederation of other organizations at other Catholic colleges. We will have more influence with greater numbers.

  14. Is there a People of Praise community on campus?

    This Catholic spiritual movement originated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and I wish to recommend that powerful spiritual movements like this are necessary tools for winning the spiritual battle on campus.

    Associated with this question is this:
    Is there any organized effort by Sycamore Trust to identify FUS students coming to Notre Dame? These students seem like natural allies in this work. These students also need support in the faith and protection from the prevailing “wokism” on campus.

    • There is a People of Praise community — but it is off campus. However, a number work on campus and have a presence. On the support for students, we’re starting to organize more alumni resources to help in that respect. We have just, for example, funded an internship for a student to help to organize students and recent graduates. There will be more about that in future bulletins. But the opportunity is strong for our common purpose.

  15. Andrew Schmitz June 4, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Thanks very much for livestreaming!

  16. Great that you can join us online Lisa. Hope you enjoy the program!

  17. Cornelius Rogers June 4, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Good job Tim livestream is great

  18. Let us know if you have any comments or questions for our speakers — either before or after the presentations. We will post our replies here when the dust settles from the event.

  19. Good morning, Tim. Thank you for spearheading this event. I was unable to attend Reunion Weekend, but I am watching the livestream. Thanks for making the livestream so easily accessible through the link I received in my email inbox.
    Lisa Tuggle, ND ’90, FUS ’18

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