Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who was not able to offer the commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will travel to the campus on Oct. 28 to receive an honorary degree from the University at an academic convocation and deliver an address on environmental stewardship.
“Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is one of the world’s most eminent and courageous religious leaders, and we are deeply honored that he will visit Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree,” Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., said. “The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, he has been an inspiration for all humankind, especially on the themes of environmental care, support for migrants, and religious liberty. The University of Notre Dame warmly welcomes His All-Holiness as a brother in Christ.”
The convocation will be held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 5:15 p.m., and in addition to the Ecumenical Patriarch’s address, will feature the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir performing “Creation: From Adam to Salvation,” composed and led by Georgios Theodoridis, Archon Music Instructor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in honor of Patriarch Bartholomew.
The convocation is free and open to members of the University community but ticketed, and seating in the Basilica is limited. The convocation will be live-streamed. More information is available at go.nd.edu/ecumenical-patriarch