The Chapels of Notre Dame
Lawrence S. Cunningham
Photography by Matt Cashore
Named an “Outstanding” 2013 University Press Book by the University Press Books Committee, American Library Association
Third Place, 2013 Catholic Press Association Book Award for Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith
The Chapels of Notre Dame celebrates the university’s unique identity as a Catholic academic community where faith is treasured and diverse traditions shared and respected. This stunning large-format collection of over two hundred full-color photographs brings to life the fifty-seven chapels located throughout Notre Dame’s beloved campus, many of which are tucked away in little-known settings waiting to be discovered by readers of this volume for the first time.
At Notre Dame, chapels are found in a number of academic buildings and in every residence hall. Mass is celebrated daily in some of these halls during term, and it is not uncommon to see students and staff stopping in them for moments of quiet meditation and prayer. The Chapels of Notre Dame captures these sanctuaries, as well as the older chapels, the apsidal chapels of the Basilica, and the Congregation of Holy Cross chapels. The text, by well-known Notre Dame professor Lawrence S. Cunningham, provides a picture of the worship in these chapels along with reflections on the traditions, history, architecture, and art works that adorn them. His brief descriptions evoke a powerful sense of presence, worship, and prayer.
Matt Cashore’s dramatic photographs, include the campus landscape, interiors and exteriors of the chapels, and people worshipping in varied seasons, lighting, and moods. His photographs offer fresh ways to view the charming sloped roof of All Souls Chapel, the large collection of relics assembled from the days of Father Sorin in the Reliquary Chapel in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Holy Cross Chapel in the new Stinson-Remick Engineering Hall, the striking stained-glass windows in the Moreau Seminary Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and the unique chapels in each of the residence halls.
For alumni who have participated in baptisms, weddings, anniversary celebrations, prayer services, and other liturgical rites on campus, The Chapels of Notre Dame will not disappoint. Prospective students, members of the Notre Dame family, and friends and supporters who have seen the university only from a distance will get an inside view of one of the most beautiful campuses in the world and a unique contemplative side of Notre Dame.
Lawrence S. Cunningham is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author and editor of twenty-five books, including A Brief History of Saints.
Matt Cashore is the senior university photographer for the University of Notre Dame. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and ESPN The Magazine. His most recent book is Celebrating Notre Dame.
“It is striking that the idea for the publication of this book came not from the university’s officers nor its media office but from a lay person who was inspired by the beauty of one of our chapels when visiting the campus. Like the ancient psalmist who cried out, ‘I have loved the beauty of thy house, O Lord’ (Psalm 26:8), this visitor saw that the chapels on Notre Dame’s campus are an integral part of its story. She was so right that her idea was taken up immediately by the university itself. This beautiful volume is the result of that inspiration.” — Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
“In The Chapels of Notre Dame, the university’s most sacred spaces are brought to life in rich color and story. . . . [The book] captures the centrality and significance of Notre Dame’s chapels in the spiritual life of this 170-year-old university.” —_Catholic Missourian_
“The text, by Notre Dame theology professor Lawrence S. Cunningham, provides a picture of the worship in these chapels along with reflections on the traditions, history, architecture and art works that adorn them.” —_South Bend Tribune_
“The Chapels of Notre Dame is a 152-page compendium comprised of the superb full color photography of Matt Cashore, enhanced with the informative commentary of Lawrence S. Cunningham, as each of Notre Dame’s chapels are perfectly showcased in a truly beautiful coffee-table volume that would grace the table and enhance the library collection of anyone of any institution with an interest in the subject.” — Library Bookwatch
“Featuring over two hundred full-color photographs of the fifty-seven chapels located throughout the University of Notre Dame’s beloved campus, The Chapels of Notre Dame is a great gift idea for all Notre Dame alumni and friends.” — U.S. Catholic