As the 2020 Election nears, Campus Ministry offers the following resources to help keep you informed as we all discern the importance of this election.
ND Votes is a nonpartisan campaign of the Center for Social Concerns, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and the Constitutional Studies Minor to promote voter education, registration, and mobilization. ND Votes fosters conscientious engagement in political and civic life among students.
Grounded in the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ call to political responsibility found in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the initiative is led by a student task force. This body meets monthly and includes representatives of numerous political and social issues student groups.
To get involved please contact task force chairs at email@example.com.
All voting-eligible Notre Dame students are encouraged to register to vote and cast a ballot in the 2020 election. Visit socialconcerns.nd.edu/nd-votes for resources such as voter registration and voter guide.
Campus Offerings & Events
Election Prayer Nights
- Do you find yourself praying for insight into this challenging and divisive election season? Campus Ministry invites you to bring your participation in political life into the light of prayer. We welcome students of all faith traditions to attend any (or all) of three short prayer services on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7:30-8:00 pm
Holy Family statue on Bond Quad
Who Is My Neighbor? Join us for a guided reflection on how our faith calls us to care for the marginalized in our community, nation, and world.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Holy Family statue on Bond Quad
One Body in Christ: On this Election Day evening, join us in praying for unity in our Notre Dame community and our country.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Grotto (Crypt, inclement weather location)
This Far By Faith: In celebration of Black Catholic History Month, Night Prayer will be prayed in the Black Catholic Spiritual tradition.
Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns want to highlight the call by the U.S. Bishops during this election season to form our consciences for faithful citizenship. Over the next few weeks both offices will highlight a principle of Catholic Social Teaching through short videos to help in discerning the various choices that lie ahead.
We know this election season can create tension and uncomfortable moments. Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns want to extend an invitation to join us in creating dialogue on the important questions we face during this election season. Use this time to pray, dialogue, and get involved in activities on campus. Times like these are moments to move forward as a community. We are here for you.
- Catholic Social Teaching calls us to respect each person's human dignity, emphasizing a need to work toward solidarity with all and the common good. With the approaching election, do you want to take some time to critically reflect on how your faith impacts how you vote and participate in political life? Or maybe you are looking for ways to grow in your spiritual life or navigate a challenging relationship? If you'd like to discuss these or other important areas of your life, a lay Campus Minister or priest will be available every Monday-Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in 113 Coleman-Morse (across from the marble ball) to listen, offer guidance, and share the wisdom and hope our faith provides. No appointment necessary, just drop in.
Virtual appointments at any time are also available by completing this form.
ND Forum 2020 theme is Election 2020: Think. Engage Respectfully. Vote. The ND Forum calendar of events was created as a resource for the conversations and events being planned by many different departments and groups across the University leading up to the election and beyond. You are encouraged to participate in these conversations and the many other discussions taking place across campus.
Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, delivered an impactful homily at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Read it here.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ resources (see also usccb.org):
Articles on voting and citizenship:
Single Issue Voting has Corrupted Christian Political Witness
We need each other, we are responsible for each other, and we stand together to bring the suffering of the most vulnerable into a commitment to a more just world.
Bishop Mark Seitz
September 30, 2020
Rejoice in the Lord: Faithful Citizenship
We face painful choices with no clear answers … our obligation is to participate responsibly with a well-formed conscience.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin
September 29, 2020
Voting with Faith and a Conscience
We must bring civil and thoughtful discourse to a deeply disrespectful national debate, courageously seeking the truth in light of the Gospel.
Bishop Robert McElroy
February 7, 2020
Catholics and Political Parties
No political party fully encompasses the fullness of Catholic Social Teaching. Critical and engaged thought is a crucial part of what it means to be an informed Catholic voter.
September 23, 2020
Prayer and Discernment
- Examen for Civic Life: Read or listen to this experience of prayerful reflection from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching: A traditional examination of conscience from the U.S. Catholic bishops, focusing on how we live the themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
- 2020 Election Novena: Offered by the USCCB, participants are encouraged to pray select prayers and intentions for nine consecutive days, Monday, Oct. 26 through Tuesday, Nov. 3.
- How to Take a Thoughtful Approach to Voting
- How to Talk Politics with Family & Friends
- How to Be an Ally in the Fight for Racial Justice
- How to Navigate Some of Today’s Most Pressing Issues
- 5 Ways You Can Participate in Social Change
- After 100 Years, Women’s Votes Matter As Much As Ever
Catholic Social Teaching videos offered by the USCCB & CRS
"CST 101 is a collaborative 7-part video and discussion guide series presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic social teaching. The videos below bring the themes of Catholic social teaching to life and inspire us to put our faith into action."
These videos are available in Spanish here.