Details regarding Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Events

Author: Erin Hoffmann Harding

Dear Notre Dame students,

The passing of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., on Thursday evening at the age of 97 was a sad moment for so many in the Notre Dame family whose lives were touched and inspired by Father Ted. As the University now prepares to celebrate his extraordinary life, I write to provide you with details on how students can participate in next week’s events. 

The University’s classes on Wednesday, March 4th after 12:20 p.m. have been canceled to allow students and faculty to prayerfully celebrate Father Ted’s life and honor his place in the history of our University. Classes will resume as scheduled on Thursday, March 5th.

Ticketing for the Memorial Tribute – Sunday, March 1, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Stepan Center

Tickets for the Memorial Tribute, featuring speakers, music, and videos to celebrate Father Ted’s life and legacy, will be available to students on Sunday, March 1st from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Stepan Center. The Memorial Tribute itself will be held onWednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion.

Available tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Students are limited to one ticket and must present a valid Notre Dame ID card.  All tickets are nontransferable. Should demand for tickets exceed the capacity of Purcell Pavilion, arrangements have been made for remote viewing of the event. Viewing location details appear below.

An Evening of Prayer – Monday, March 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Those seeking to remember and pray for Father Ted are invited to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All students are invited to come, pray, and remain for as long as they would like between 7 and 9 p.m. 

Public Visitation – Tuesday, March 3, 12:00-6:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Visitation will be open to all who wish to pay tribute to Father Ted in person. Students residing in undergraduate residence halls, our graduate residential communities and specific graduate and professional student populations will have designated hours during the visitation when priority access to the Basilica is available. Off campus undergraduate students will be included with their former hall community. Rectors and student services personnel will communicate these designated times to their residents and students.

Students are not, however, restricted to attending at these designated times. For all other public visitation hours, note that the line for entry to the Basilica could be lengthy. Please allow sufficient time to clear security and proceed through the Basilica.

Wake Service – Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

While the Wake Service will be by invitation, it also will be streamed live on the web and to various locations on campus.  Viewing location details appear below.

Funeral Mass – Wednesday, March 4, 2:00 p.m., Basilica of the Sacred Heart

While the traditional Holy Cross Funeral Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will be by invitation, it also will be streamed live on the web and to various locations on campus. Viewing location details appear below.

Procession to Burial Site – Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m, Basilica of the Sacred Heart to Holy Cross Community Cemetery

After the funeral mass, there will be a procession from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the Holy Cross Community Cemetery. You are encouraged to line the path from the Basilica to the cemetery and pay your final respects to Father Ted. Students residing on campus will receive instructions from their rectors on how they can meet together to participate in this event as a community.  All other students can gather on Bond Quad prior to the end of the Funeral Mass to walk to the procession.

For more information about these and other memorial events—as well as the extraordinary life of Father Ted—please visit You can also call the information hotline at 574-631-5858. I look forward to celebrating Father Ted with our community over the next few days, and I thank you for keeping him, the Hesburgh family, and his fellow Holy Cross priests in your prayers.


In Notre Dame,

Erin Hoffmann Harding

Vice President for Student Affairs


Venues for Students: Wake, Funeral, and Memorial Tribute



Intended Audience


Debartolo Hall – Room 141


Graduate Students, Professional Students, and Post-Doctoral Scholars

LaFortune Student Center – Main Lounge and Huddle


All students

Residence Halls


Undergraduate Students

Fischer O’Hara Grace (FOG) Community Center

FOG residents

Beichner Community Center

University Village residents

Compton Family Ice Arena (Funeral and Memorial Tribute only)

Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Community members