As students prepare to resume classes at Catholic colleges and universities across the nation, we invite you to join us in a novena to protect and promote the mission of Catholic higher education, and especially of our beloved Notre Dame — that she may be a beacon of light, hope, and truth in a world beset by darkness, despair, and deceit.
Notre Dame Our Mother, tender, strong and true, to you do we come, your loving children — alumni, students, faculty, family, supporters and friends of our beloved University, honored with the title of your name. We commend to you all your sons and daughters who are committed to the mission of Catholic higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, from the Heart of the Church.
To your motherly care and powerful intercession we lift up Notre Dame that she may be a beacon of light, hope and truth in a world beset by darkness, despair and deceit.
Confident in the power of the Holy Cross — Spes Unica — which animated the foundation of the University, we look to Him who was raised up that He might draw all unto himself. We draw strength from Him who with his Father has given us the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, Advocate and Guide.
Responding to the outpouring of the Spirit, we pray for the faithful and fruitful success of the Mission of the University of Notre Dame.
Drawing from that same Mission, we pray…
Notre Dame, Our Mother, trusting in your unfailing care for us, we thank you for the bountiful blessings we have received through the gift of Notre Dame, and we ask you to present our fervent prayer for our beloved University and for all institutions of Catholic higher education to Jesus, your Son and Our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
The daily themes of the Sycamore Trust Novena petitions are inspired by the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross and remarks in quotation marks are taken from the Mission of the University of Notre Dame. All Scripture quotations are taken from the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible.