NDCatholic.com is a project of Sycamor Trust to assist Notre Dame students who want to receive an authentic Catholic education.
The importance of NDCatholic.com arises from the radical deterioration of Catholic presence on the Notre Dame faculty. This phenomenon is the product of the drive by successive administrations for acceptance by secular academe to the extent that committed Catholics no longer come anywhere close to the majority required by the school’s Mission Statement.
The consequences of this steep decline in Catholic faculty have been described in concrete terms by Professor Emeritus Walter Nicgorski, another long-serving and highly regarded teacher and scholar:
It is increasingly the case today that a young person going through the critical and formative years of a Catholic education at Notre Dame might not encounter a practicing Catholic informed and engaged by the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Nevertheless, as the information on this website shows, students who select teachers and courses with care can secure what may be the finest Catholic education available anywhere.
This website not only furnishes much-needed guidance to students in choosing wisely but also will be helpful to those, like us, who are often asked whether they should send their sons or daughters to Notre Dame, given what they have heard about its loss of Catholic identity. They can now better be assured that their children can secure a solid Catholic education in an environment in which there are also many opportunities outside the classroom for deepening their faith.