Community leaders join Father Jenkins for Advent Prayer Service and Holiday Reception

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame, poses for a photo with James Mueller, mayor of South Bend, at the Holiday Reception at Notre Dame. (Photo by Matt Cashore/ University of Notre Dame)

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, more than 250 community members from South Bend-Elkhart attended the President’s Advent Prayer Service and Holiday Reception, held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the rotunda of the Main Building.

Guests representing regional nonprofits, government offices, colleges and universities, businesses, and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi attended.

A cherished holiday tradition, this year's event was hosted by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., who announced in October he would step down as president of the University on June 30, 2024, after 19 years in the role.

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., the University's president-elect, was present for this year's event, and will serve as host in future years.

A photo gallery from the event can be found below.