All Souls Prayer at the Grotto

Mindful of Christ’s resurrection and promise of eternal life, members of the Notre Dame Alumni Association invite the Notre Dame community and all visitors to campus to gather at the Grotto on All Souls Day, November 2 at 8:30 a.m. ET, to pray the Rosary for the deceased for whom we have been asked to pray. A special green candle will be lit in their memory.  Also, please:

  • Visit to submit your prayer request for your loved ones by Wednesday, October 31 so they may be included in this special prayer session.
  • We are looking for volunteers to lead a decade of the Rosary at the Grotto prayer service.  If you would like to help please contact Angie Appleby Purcell at

Thank you.

Please Welcome Matthew Cook


Please help me to welcome Matthew Cook to the Development Office. He will be working with me while Cristi is assisting the Special Events team.

Matthew grew up in Vernal, Utah, a small town in Eastern Utah. After graduating from high school, he served a 2 year mission for the LDS (Mormon) Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Matthew married Melinda Cook in 2006 and for the following 5 years lived in Provo, Utah. Melinda attended BYU while Matthew worked for Pinnacle Security (a home security company) and went to school at Utah Valley University. After Melinda graduated from BYU, Matthew and Melinda moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin and both worked for Schneider National for a year before Melinda was accepted to the Notre Dame Law School.  They moved to South Bend this year so she could begin her studies.

I want to thank everyone who has pitched in to assist Matthew in getting up to speed with all our processes and procedures.

All my best,


Former Irish Politician to Talk on Global Economy

Mary Hanafin, a prominent Irish politician, educator and legislator, will present “An Irish Perspective: Doing Business in a Global Economy” at 5-6 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday) in the Jordan Auditorium, located in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Hanafin served as a minister in the Irish government from 2000-2011—a time that saw a rapid economic expansion that earned it the descriptor of “Celtic Tiger,” followed by a dramatic reversal beginning in 2008 with the global recession.

A household name and personality in Ireland, her government roles included Minister of Education and Science (2004-08), Minister for Social and Family Affairs (2008-11), Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport (2010-11), and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (2011). Hanafin previously worked as a teacher for 17 years, specializing the Irish language, literature and history. She is a renowned public speaker and a frequent commentator on national TV and radio.

Pittsburgh Weekend Events

Thursday, November 1st

  • 6:30pm – Advisory Council Dinners – South Dining Hall

Friday, November 2nd

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Football Fridays at the Eck
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Advisory Council luncheon and Executive Officer session
  • 3:00 pm –ND Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership recognition event – MCOB
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Sorin Society Football Friday Reception – Jordan Hall of Science Atrium
  • 30 minutes post pep rally – Recognition Societies Post Pep Rally Buffet Dinner at South Dining Hall – Oak Room

Saturday, November 3rd

  • 8:45 am – President’s Circle Mass – Order of St. Thomas More Chapel of the Law School
  • 10:00 am – President’s Circle Morning Program – Club Naimoli
  • 10:00am – Recognition Societies Chalk Talk Breakfast – Jordan Hall of Science Atrium
  • 10:30am to 2:30pm – Development Tailgate
  • 11:00 am – President’s Circle Remarks by Rev. John I. Jenkins C.S.C.; Q&A to follow – Club Naimoli
  • 11:45 am – President’s Circle  “Chalk Talk: Notre Dame vs. PITT” – Club Naimoli
  • 12:00 pm – Name Your Moment Recognition event – Sorin Society and Rockne Heritage Fund Director’s Circle – 2nd floor of the Rosenthal Atrium of the Purcell Pavilion
  • 1:00pm – President’s Pre-game Buffet – South Dining Hall West Wing
  • 3:30pm – Kickoff Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame
  • 30 minutes post game – Recognition Societies Post Game Dinner Buffet – Jordan Hall of Science Atrium

Annual Giving Programs, Donor Experience Team Update

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce two new additions to the Donor Experience Team in Annual Giving Programs, and the advancement of a team member to a new role elsewhere in the University.

Candice Corbett and Elizabeth Eby have both joined the Annual Giving Programs team this fall in support of direct donor contact and project management for the Donor Experience Team.

Candice brings a background with significant experience in marketing, event management and project management.  She and her husband William relocated to South Bend as he pursues his MBA from Notre Dame.  They are expecting their first child in January.

Elizabeth joins us after a previous engagement at Notre Dame in Software Data Entry in Utilities-Operations and brings significant prior experience in customer service and sales support roles.  Elizabeth resides in South Bend with her husband Brian.

It is with mixed sentiments that we announce Patrena Kedik will be taking on a new role as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Center for Social Concerns.  Patrena has been with Annual Giving Programs for 11 years and has a total of 12 years of dedicated and committed service to Notre Dame.  We are excited for Patrena and thank her for her many contributions to Annual Giving Programs.  Patrena will be working to support the end of the football season and transitioning tasks to the rest of the Donor Experience team through the Wake Forest game.

Please join me in welcoming Candice and Elizabeth, and congratulating Patrena on her new role.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch

Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Welcome Kiran Mistry, myNotreDame Support Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Kiran Mistry as the new myNotreDame Support Coordinator, in which role she will identify, diagnose and resolve basic to complex issues for myNotreDame end-users and system administrators (both volunteer and departmental staff).

Born in Uganda, Kiran moved to Southampton, England in 1972.  In 1990 she married and moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire and in 2002 her husband accepted a transfer to Federal Mogul here in South Bend.

Kiran started her career at Southampton University as a secretary, a function she continued to perform at Leeds University.  During her time at Leeds University, Kiran moved her way up to Information Assistant and eventually the manager of the Staff IT Training Unit. After moving to the US Kiran worked as a teacher aide at Walt Disney Elementary school for a few years while settling in.  In 2009 she accepted a post in Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame working as Production Coordinator.

Kiran lives in Granger with her husband Pravin and daughter Jessica, who is a high school senior this year.

Welcome, Kiran!

Trivia with Attitude! This is not your Father’s Trivia Night

Date: Saturday, December 1                                                                                              Location: Michiana Family YMCA – 1201 Northside Blvd., South Bend                          Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Trivia begins at 7:30 p.m.                                                  Cost: $100/table of 10

To register: Contact Lisa MacKenzie at 631-7846 or

Our very own, Tim Sexton, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs will serve again as the emcee of the event which will benefit the ND United Way . Please note this is an adults-only event, friends and family are welcome.

Teams are invited to bring their own food; beverages including beer, wine, soft drinks and water are available for purchase.

Thanksgiving Pies

Order your Thanksgiving pies and support the ND United Way Campaign. ND Food Services is offering apple or pumpkin for $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00.

Please order by Friday, November 16 by contacting Chris Coleman at or 631-1767.

Pick-ups will be in the Huddle on Wednesday, November 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thank You from Sydney

Thank you all for your support and encouragement during the past few weeks as we said goodbye to Doug’s mom, Mary.  Your kind notes and cards, as well as your hugs of encouragement have been a comfort and blessing.  It never ceases to amaze me how this Notre Dame family comes together in tough times to lift up and support one another.  The memorial service was on Saturday and was beautiful.  We appreciate the food that was sent to the home to feed the family; it was a wonderful meal and everyone was very touched by the thoughtfulness.

I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group.  Doug and I thank you all, so very much.

Sydney Liggett

Sincere Gratitude from Marcia

To My Notre Dame Development Family

Overwhelming is the best word to describe how you embraced my family                     during the difficult time following the death of my mother.

Your kind words – helped comfort our minds                                                                                    Your prayers – nurtured our souls                                                                                          Your gifts – sustained our body during our mourning period                                               Your support – continues to heal our hearts

My mother was a lifelong educator who traveled across the U.S. to mentor and teach.  Although she never visited Notre Dame, as her health began to decline, she felt the spirit that we call family at Notre Dame.

Our liturgy provides solace as it describes the life of my mother:

She extends her hand to the poor, she offers her help to the needy.                                    She is robed in strength and dignity, she is confident of the days to come.                              She is humble in disposition, she judges her neighbor by the scale of merit.                       Her speech abounds in wisdom, a kindly lesson is on her tongue.

~ The Jewish Women

Thank you all for your virtual hugs and condolences – they made a difference in our lives.

Marcia Kane Hittner & family