Notre Dame president emeritus and author to speak on heroes and heroines, April 11

Saint Joseph’s College celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a special Centennial Lecture on Wednesday, April 11, featuring longtime University of Notre Dame president and author Father Monk Malloy, CSC. A theologian and faculty member at Notre Dame who ran the nation’s premier Catholic University from 1987 to 2005, Malloy will deliver a talk titled “Stories of heroes and heroines as the source of our hope and the grounds of our promise.”

The talk will focus on inspirational men and women who exemplify human virtue – some famous, some not famous, some contemporary, some from ages past. They come from all walks of life and their stories “will both lift our collective spirits and call us to follow their example,” according to Father Malloy.

Malloy has traveled globally, has authored six books and continues to teach at Notre Dame. Father Malloy earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Notre Dame in 1963 and 1967 and a second master's degree, in theology, in 1969 while studying for the priesthood. In 1975 he earned a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt University. He has taught at Notre Dame since 1974.

Father Malloy led Notre Dame at a time of rapid growth in its reputation, faculty and resources. Vanderbilt honored him in 1998 with the establishment of a chair in Catholic studies in his name. He also has been awarded 22 honorary degrees. Father Malloy serves on many national non-profit boards, including those serving higher education and Catholic leadership. He has also played a leadership role in efforts to promote community service and combat substance abuse. In addition to Campus Compact, his roles in encouraging social service have included being a member of the advisory board of the AmeriCorps and National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a founding director of the Points of Light Foundation, and member of the board of governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Father Malloy’s talk, sponsored by Bon Appétit, is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m., in the Alfond Center gymnasium, on the Saint Joseph’s College campus in Standish. A 30-minute question-and-answer period follows the presentation, and light refreshments will be served. 893-7723.

March 23, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail