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Notre Dame Trail concludes with commemorative Mass

first_img175 years ago, on a snowy November day in 1842, Fr. Edward F. Sorin traveled more than 300 miles north from Vincennes, Indiana, to Notre Dame, where he developed his vision for the University. Over the course of 13 days, thousands of participants walked anywhere from 15-41 miles each day — some walking the full journey made by Father Sorin — to commemorate the founder’s journey, with the trek concluding Saturday morning.In a Mass following the venture, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Sorin demonstrated resilience and showcased love in his determination to found the University. He said the original dream constantly expands to include more individuals interested in enhancing the mission of Notre Dame. Peter St. John Members of the Notre Dame community gather to celebrate Mass after the conclusion of the Notre Dame Trail.“That’s the way it’s always been with Notre Dame,” Jenkins said. “It began with a small group and a dream. And as they struggled to realize that dream, so many others joined them to be part of the Notre Dame family and to help. We celebrate and thank all those who made this University what it is today.”According to Jenkins, troubling events around the world concern him, particularly recent expressions of white supremacism. He encountered an article arguing that universities should promote openness to debate, rather than offer moral clarity, he said.“Perhaps, we here at Notre Dame, following in the footsteps of Father Sorin, can offer something more,” he said. “We are certainly committed to these epistemic virtues and the pursuit of truth, but at this Catholic university, we add to them other values, such as a commitment to the dignity of each and every person, a willingness to take responsibility for the common good and a special concern for those who are most vulnerable.”One trail participant, Sara Klepper, joined her mother, a ’77 alumna for a five-day pilgrimage north.“For us, it was important just to come out and pay tribute to Father Sorin and the original founding of the University 175 years ago,” she said. “So to get back to our roots, the University’s roots and to celebrate Our Lady with family, friends and classmates was really special.” Some walkers documented their experiences in an online journal that included the geographical trail description as well as the lessons learned throughout their journeys. In an August 27 entry, participant Timothy Deenihan said the trail aided in self-discovery.“To go on this pilgrimage, I had to let go of who I was,” he said. “The same can be said for returning from it. … We mustn’t spend our days, not even our hours, holding on to what we were. We have to let go, we have to choose a direction, left or right, so that we may become what we will be.”Tags: 175th anniversary, Notre Dame Trail, Rev. Edward Sorinlast_img read more

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CFPB signals changes coming to agency’s basic functions

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Signaling yet another Trump Administration effort to remake the CFPB, the agency Wednesday announced that in the coming weeks, it will solicit public comment on agency enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities.The Trump Administration had been highly critical of the agency as it was run by former Director Richard Cordray, contending that Cordray was overly-aggressive. The agency, currently run by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is expected to take a much less aggressive approach to enforcement.For instance, the agency on Tuesday announced it might revise the CFPB’s controversial payday lending rules.On Wednesday, the agency said it will be calling for “evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Douglas announces plans for new bayfront project in Portsmouth

first_imgLocalNews Douglas announces plans for new bayfront project in Portsmouth by: – October 17, 2011 Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Hon. Ian Douglas. (file photo)Parliamentary Representative for Portsmouth Ian Douglas has announced plans for a project to develop the entire bay front of the northern town while addressing the 15th Inaugural Meeting of the Portsmouth Town Council last week.He said work have already commenced between the governments of Venezuela and Dominica in that aspect.“I have been in constant contact with the Minister Reginald Austrie who is really leading the charge on that to work with the Venezuelan so we can see the removal of the wrecks in short time on the Bayfront. That’s one of the visions that we have for the development of concrete plans for the entire area,” he said.He said money has already been made available for the architectural drawings for a new and improved Bayfront.“We have paid for the architectural drawings of the Bayfront development to be done. We have been speaking for years but those actual drawings have never been done. Even for the marina. Since we have been growing up in Portsmouth we are hearing about a Marina but it’s only this government that has addressed the matter,” he said.According to Douglas government contracted a design and engineering firm to develop the marina in Portsmouth.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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