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By Corde Press
Sorin Starts a School: The Foundation of Notre Dame
Experience the depth and delight of Notre Dame’s founding in the pages of this beautiful Catholic children’s picture book.
All proceeds received by Corde Press support the work of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
Written by Paul Mitchell; Illustrated by Katie Broussard.
- 32 pages, full color
- Matte, hardcover
- 11x11 inches
“A really beautiful book, at once fun and profound, to teach children, and the adults who read it to them, about the spiritual birth of Notre Dame by Fr. Sorin and the Congregation of Holy Cross.”
-Fr. Lou DelFra, CSC – ND ‘93, ‘03 MDiv, Director of Pastoral Life for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)
“Since 1842, Notre Dame has shared its beauty and its values with one generation after another, helping Our Lady lead our families to faith and hope and love. Paul Mitchell and Katie Broussard have given us a sweet little book that will help us share this story with our children and strengthen each of us in hope. Holy Cross values took flesh long ago in the ongoing story of Sorin’s school and now again in this delightful book.”
-Fr. Thomas McDermott, CSC – ND ‘72, ‘77, Notre Dame University Bangladesh
“Paul Mitchell has produced a wonderful and very honest portrait of Fr. Sorin and the beginnings of Notre Dame in a catchy poem. It is clear why this is Our Lady’s school – Sorin’s devotion and her grand response.”
-Fr. Frank Quinlivan, CSC – ND ‘66, ‘69
“Sorin Starts a School not only compellingly shares the story at the heart of Notre Dame’s vast legacy. It also opens in our own hearts the opportunities that are possible in this life when we step out in faith with love and purpose as Father Sorin did. Enchanting prose by Paul Mitchell and captivating art by Katie Broussard combine to make this a book that is sure to become a family favorite.”
-Lisa M. Hendey – ND ‘85, founder of www.catholicmom.com, author of I’m a Saint in the Making
“For all of us who love the Congregation of Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame, Fr. Sorin’s story is part of our own. I found this book a wonderful resource for families to share that legacy with the next generation.”
-Dan Allen – ND ‘07, ‘11 MDiv, Associate Director of Spirituality and Service – Notre Dame Alumni Association
“Do not misconstrue this book as only a children’s book. It is a great read for adults and all who appreciate the school that Sorin started.”
-Sr. Sallie Latkovich, CSJ – Director of Biblical Study and Travel Program, Catholic Theological Union
“We all know Notre Dame is a special place — this tale reveals the dynamic behind that mystique: a rugged faithfulness that still animates campus through the men of Holy Cross. Sorin Starts a School is the story of what it took to see a world-leading University in the wilderness of northern Indiana — a vision that can inspire us to excellence in whatever frontiers we face.”
-Josh Noem – ND ‘98, ‘05 MDiv, Senior Editor, Grotto Network
“Read this story and you’ll find yourself seeing Notre Dame in a new way. It exposes the foundations that make the University a unique force for good in the world: trust in God’s providence and the tender care of His mother.”
-Stacey Noem – ND ‘98, ‘05 MDiv, Director of Human and Spiritual Formation, University of Notre Dame MDiv Program
A Historical Story About the Dream of Notre Dame
This book uses great facts to tell the story and also does not hide that, like all of us, Sorin struggled with sins of his own. Nice illustrations too.