Called to serve’

first_imgAfter 70 years, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh finally realized his dream of becoming a chaplain in the United States Navy. Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, chief of chaplains for the United States Navy, designated Hesburgh an honorary naval chaplain in a special ceremony Wednesday night in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. Captain Earl Carter, commanding officer of Notre Dame’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), said the “well-deserved and significant” event was about honoring Hesburgh for his leadership and life-long legacy of service. “Today we honor this selfless leader who has done so much for so many,” Carter said. In awarding Hesburgh, Tidd said he could think of no one who better exemplified the navy chaplain motto “vocati ad servitium,” or “called to serve.” “The Latin words on the naval chaplain corps seal are translated ‘called to serve,’” Tidd said. “In my mind there is no one more deserving to be named an honorary naval chaplain than someone who has answered the call to serve our nation, the call to serve the world, and the call to serve God.” “Fr. Hesburgh, I am humbled to be able to declare: you are an honorary navy chaplain.” Hesburgh said he was touched by the honor, and both he and the University would continue to cherish a connection with the U.S. Navy. “I can’t tell you how much I am touched to be honored by my Navy brothers. … The Navy is welcome at Notre Dame,” Hesburgh said. “Notre Dame is better because we’ve had the Navy here as long as we’ve had ROTC. “I can feel even closer to our Naval ROTC students now that I am an officer in the navy. I will continue to serve our navy and country in every way possible. Anchors away.” Tidd said although Hesburgh wanted to be a Navy chaplain ever since he was ordained in 1943, his path to chaplaincy was very indirect. “He took the long way around to becoming a navy chaplain,” Tidd said. Hesburgh said he was forced to set aside his desire to serve as a Navy chaplain in obedience to his vows as a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He instead obtained advanced degrees in and taught theology. Tidd said the inspiration to make Hesburgh’s dream come true all these years later began with Naval chaplain Fr. Bill Dorwart. Tidd said Hesburgh encouraged Dorwart, a member of Holy Cross, to become a Navy chaplain. He said it was Dorwart who then brought Hesburgh’s dream to Tidd’s attention and who suggested the possibility of making Hesburgh an honorary chaplain. Tidd said he was in favor of the idea, especially since he had met Hesburgh aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. “I thought it was a great idea. I had personally met him aboard the Theodore Roosevelt and knew about his commitment to serving our Navy and Marines,” Tidd said. “Fr. Hesburgh has had a strategic impact on our nation. He has also had a personal impact on many people, including Fr. Dorwart.” Reflecting on the ceremony, Carter said he was glad Hesburgh received the honor and that Notre Dame’s Navy ROTC battalion could benefit from Hesburgh’s example. “I thought it was a faithful tribute to a very, very deserving leader,” Carter said. “I’m honored we were able to do the presentation in front of our battalion of midshipmen, since Fr. Hesburgh’s selfless service to the nation provides them with such a shining example as they look forward to their naval careers.” Tidd said the ceremony reflected both Hesburgh’s and the University’s history with the U.S. Navy. “It was a great way to celebrate his long connection to the navy and Notre Dame’s long connection to the navy,” he said. Sophomore midshipman Sam Hyder said the ceremony seemed to bring Hesburgh’s career back to where it had begun. “I thought it was pretty full circle for Fr. Hesburgh’s career that when he started as a priest he wanted to be a chaplain and now he is one,” he said. “I thought it was impressive he was faithful to both the Navy and Holy Cross.” Sophomore midshipman Kate Privateer said she was happy to be part of a ceremony honoring Hesburgh and to know about Hesburgh’s appreciation for the organization granting him the honor. “I’m really glad I could be part of a ceremony for Fr. Hesburgh because of what he has done for our country and for our ROTC battalion,” she said. “It’s great he could be honored by an organization he cares so much about.” Junior midshipman Murphy Lester said it was overwhelming to witness the ceremony. “I think there are so few people who have done so much to shape our nation and our University,” he said. “To be able to be here for this, to say I was there when they made Fr. Hesburgh a chaplain, is unbelievable. It’s beyond words.” Contact Christian Myers at cmyers8@nd.edulast_img read more

Kaduna Clinches National Women Cricket Championship by 31 Runs

first_imgKaduna State over the weekend exhibited a steely character to defeat FCT by 31 runs to win the National Women’s Cricket Championship at the National Stadium, Abuja.The side, coached by Zeal Ibe, overturned the tide late in the second inning by knocking out the FCT’s 10th wicket to win with 135 runs to their rivals’ 104 runs.Aside from clinching their maiden national title, Kaduna which finished as runners up in the past edition, similarly scooped three individual awards that reinforced their rating as the best team.Team Captain Blessing Nwobodo, emerged the Most Valuable Player and Batsman of the series with 124 runs, including three knock outs; Mary Desmond was named the Best Fielder by virtue of her five catches.The Best Bowler award was clinched by Kehinde Abdulkadir of Oyo State. Nwobodo attributed the team victory to hard work and indomitable fighting spirit. She said with the victory the players are now eying invitations to the national team. She also appealed to the Kaduna State government to continue to emphasis on the development of cricket in the state.Six teams namely, Oyo, Anambra, Niger, Kaduna, Edo and FCT attended the event spread over three days. Edo edged Oyo to the third position.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya assured all that the federation will form the nucleus of the national team from the talents discovered at the championshipUkwenya said that though the competition was a senior championship, most of the players were teenagers, who exhibited a high standard by scoring on the average over 100 runs.“Though cricket is over 100 years old in Nigeria, female cricket is just 10 years and its popularity is soaring across the regions.“We hope that some of the players will form the bulk of the national team. The federation will ensure that their techniques conform to international standard,” Ukwenya said.Meanwhile, the National Men’s Championship is scheduled to start on November 30 in five regional venues with the Finals coming up in Ibadan and Lagos between December 5 and 9, 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Red-hot Blue Eagles, Bulldogs part ways

first_imgUndefeated Ateneo takes a crack at another hot team in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday when the Blue Eagles tangle with National University at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with the 4-0 Blue Eagles shooting for a win to claim a tie for the Group A lead with idle La Salle while also snapping the Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT After a lethargic start, National has made heads turn in the tournament with that three-game run putting the Bulldogs at .500.And the Bulldogs will be battling an Ateneo crew that would likely be without heady big man Isaac Go, who is injured.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAteneo will also be coming into the game fresh from a team building session out of town, which puts the Eagles’ sharpness in the spotlight.Meanwhile, the Gilas Cadets tackle Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 4:30 p.m. game, with the Nationals looking to employ the gains of a 63-61 win over University of the East last week. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Two PH teams get going in Pony baseball Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In more Group A action, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons look to continue to solidify their spot for a quarterfinals berth when they battle University of the East in the 2:15 p.m. game.Like NU, the Maroons also lost their first three games to open their stint here but have rebounded well enough to string together four wins and look like shoo-ins for the playoffs.The Warriors, on the other hand, have a 2-3 record and have shown vast improvement since Joe Silva took over the head coaching job about a month ago.The lone Group B match pits struggling Jose Rizal University against a surprising Arellano University at 12:30 p.m., after the lone juniors match between San Beda and La Salle Greenhills.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more