If I am not Catholic, what are my options for prayer and worship?

Interfaith ResourcesThere are many congregations, communities, temples, mosques, and synagogues in the South Bend and Michiana area. The Office of Campus Ministry maintains a listing of services, locations, contact information, and even ride-sharing opportunities for every faith tradition. They also offer several opportunities for inter-denominational prayer and inter-faith dialogue throughout the year including weekly Zen meditation and an inter-faith prayer room located on the first floor of the Coleman-Morse Center.  Visit their website at http://campusministry.nd.edu/ecumenical-interfaith.

Does it really snow much in South Bend?

Riley Hall snowmanYES! Get good boots!

The South Bend area averages 81.8″ of snow per year, with much of that total coming from lake effect snow squalls off nearby Lake Michigan. The most likely month for heavy snow is January, though snow depth on the ground at any one time rarely exceeds 10″. Winter temperatures reach their lowest point in January, averaging 23.3 degrees Fahrenheit during the month. During the winter months, the daytime average highs are just over 30 degrees Fahrenheit, with the lows averaging 16.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

Source: National Weather Service

Why does a university founded by a French religious order have a leprechaun as its mascot?

Notre Dame Leprechaun LogoIt didn’t always. Our sports teams have been known as the Ramblers, the Rovers, and the Irish Terriers.  But an early association between Irish Immigrants and Catholicism led to a tradition of referring to anyone from Notre Dame as Irish.  While the use of the Fighting Irish moniker dates back to the turn of the 20th century, the image of the leprechaun with fists up ready to fight, was only adopted as the official mascot in 1965. The leprechaun logo is typically only used in conjunction with the University’s athletics teams and not with the academic programs.