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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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Jamaica calls for comprehensive review of the impact of climate change

first_imgPartnerships neededHolness told the conference, which is also being attended by several CARICOM leaders, that this would require partnership as ”well as using existing support more effectively and making new resources available for us to build the required resilience at  the country, community and personal level”.Natural disasters cost Caribbean US$130 billion in 2017Holness noted that last year, natural disasters in the Caribbean set back the region to the tune of US$130 billion and urged the conference to think of resilience “beyond these natural disaster events or what we refer to as sudden events.He said there is a ‘more comprehensive picture that we must pay attention to,” adding that behind the scenes of the natural disasters “there are these slow growing events for which we have not yet even started to contemplate…the potential impact.Damage to reefs and sea life‘Specifically as SIDS we must begin more fruitful dialogue on building resilience to impact these slow unset events such as sea temperature rise, which according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is causing our reefs to bleach at an unprecedented rate”.He said while this situation is not unique to the CARICOM countries, countries like Mexico are implanting measures to deal with that and that there is need for the region to put in places measures to deal with the situation.He said the University of the West Indies is carrying out research to identify the DNA of coral reefs adaptable to sea temperature rises and other matters.In his address, Holness repeated the call by the Caribbean for developed countries to re-visit the criteria used for providing concessionary loans to developing countries, saying that the graduation of the region to high middle income status is seriously undermining the Caribbean’s socio-economic future.“And as such we are often times not considered as high priority for the allocation of donor support from the international community. It should be quite clear by now that GDP in and of itself is not a true indicator of development”.He said apart from indebtedness, “it does not take into consideration vulnerability to …factors including increased intensity and frequency of natural disasters”.“My point and hope is that we need to quickly find alternatives that are fair, practical, relevant and helpful to us as Small Island Developing States. Alternatives that will ultimately enhance our disaster risk management capacity and ability to respond to the increasing impacts of climate change”.He said the region is encouraged by the prospects of the Addis Abba Action Agenda  and the financing for development “and note the progress being made in translating this agenda into action.Holness said the region as also taking note of new financing opportunities to assist “in our path to become more resilient.” Credit: Andrew Holness Twitter WASHINGTON, CMC – Jamaica on Monday called for a comprehensive review of the impact of climate change on the Caribbean, including the “cancers” not yet integrated  into the process as it also reiterated a call for the international community to review its concessionary lending policies to Small island Developing States (SIDS).“As natural disaster become more frequent so do the adaptation costs impose on us as Small island Developing States, especially since we are on the front line of climate change impacts,” Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the high-level conference on building resilience to disasters and climate change in the Caribbean.The event, sponsored by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, is a follow up on the 2017 high-level forum “Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience”The IMF said it has brought together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, multilateral development partners, and the private sector to “explore incentives to shift the focus of policies towards building resilience and innovative disaster risk financing policies and instruments that would help in the region.”Urbanization in coastal zones Holness, who is also the chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping, said that the region is facing rapid urbanization in coastal zones with corresponding falling populations in rural areas and out islands.“Some more than others are facing the pending loss of limited land mass due to sea level rise,” he said, noting that one common theme is that the cost of repeated natural disasters has been underestimated “and this is making sustainable development and prosperity much harder to achieve, especially as we are confronted with many development challenges which affect our economic growth.“What is clear to many of us though is that meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the goal of leaving no one behind will become increasingly costly, more challenging and likely not met unless measures are taken to reduce the vulnerabilities and build the resilience of Small island Developing States to the climate change impacts which continue to set us back.”last_img read more

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