The Chronicles of Notre Dame Du Lac by Edward SorinThe Chronicles of Notre Dame Du Lac by Edward Sorin

The Chronicles of Notre Dame Du Lac

byEdward SorinEditorJames T. ConnellyTranslated byJohn M. Toohey

Paperback | March 31, 2002

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When Edward Sorin left France in 1841 to lead the first band of missionaries sent by the Congregation of Holy Cross to the New World, the rule of the young community required him to keep and send back to France an annual account of the significant events in the life and work of the men and women on the American mission. Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac contains this running account of the history of the University of Notre Dame—from its foundation in 1842 through the end of the Civil War—written by the man honored as its founder and whose vision for this now world-famous Catholic university is still invoked today.
 
Through crippling snow storms, devastating fires, and epidemics of cholera and typhoid, the men and women of Holy Cross persisted in their mission to build a college on "this property [that] was then known as St. Mary of the Lakes . . . half a league from South Bend; one league from the northern boundary of Indiana; about twelve leagues from Lake Michigan." With warmth and humor Sorin discusses their humble beginnings, "A single room was placed at the service of the priests, and the Sisters had to themselves the ground floor below the chapel, where they spent nearly two years. Except for the fact that there was only one window, and in consequence of the close atmosphere there was a large stock of lice and bed bugs, they were, as they say in America, pretty comfortable." Sorin's judgments of people and events are recorded with a blunt frankness, including his conflicts with various bishops and his own superior general back in France. If his biases are revealed in these chronicles, so, too, is his commitment to the projects that shaped his life and work.
 
James T. Connelly, C.S.C. was associate professor of history at the University of Portland and resident director of the University's study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria. He has worked as an archivist for the Congregation of the Holy Cross and has published many articles and reviews on American religious history and the history of...
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Title:The Chronicles of Notre Dame Du LacFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 31, 2002Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268022704

ISBN - 13:9780268022709

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The Chronicles of Notre Dame present to the reader the human side of the origins of the Holy Cross community in America and demythologize the beginnings of one of America’s great universities. They are resplendent with financial challenges, stark ambitions, exciting misadventures, and serious infighting.” —Indiana Magazine of History