Notre Dame Secures $15M Gift

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(Image of Joan and Bob McGrath supplied by the University of Notre Dame.) (Image of Joan and Bob McGrath supplied by the University of Notre Dame.)

The University of Notre Dame will rename its Institute for Church Life after a $15 million gift. Director John Cavadini says the support from Robert and Joan McGrath will position the institute to be "the pre-eminent source of creative Catholic content and programming for the new evangelization."

He continued "building on our legacy of connecting the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame to the life of the Church, the McGrath Institute for Church Life will continue to be a collaborative partner with Church leaders at all levels by providing the theological tools they need to address pressing pastoral problems."

Bob McGrath founded McGrath RentCorp in 1979 and is a 1955 UND graduate. The company deals business-to-business for rentals in the construction, telecommunications, education, petrochemical and environmental industries.

McGrath says "Professor Cavadini and his team have built up an outstanding relationship with the thought leaders of the Catholic Church, which is the basis for our firm belief that the McGrath Institute for Church Life will become the pre-eminent, 'go-to' place for creative Catholic content and for what is known as the 'new evangelization. This belief is buttressed by the dedication of the institute's hand-selected team. They are all poised and ready to go."

The university calls the institute an "integral component" of its larger teaching, research and service outreach initiatives.

You can connect to more about the gift and the functions of the McGrath Institute for Church Life by clicking here.

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