Tuesday, September 1, 2015

An afternoon...

Making the most of his time...

...in the Park. John Wetzel, Sted's senior and designer of "The Shirt," spent his afternoon in what is historically known as St. Edward's Park, the quad south of the Hall. With his iPad, and school books too (not pictured), Wetzel hunkered down for some good old fashioned learning as well as taking in a great view of the Hall. Of his time in the Park, Wetzel said, "It's good to be back home, but I think I will need to find more friends than just the statue of St. Ed." Yes, you will, John... yes you will.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rest in peace...

Fr. Mario Pedi, O.S.B.

Fr. Mario Pedi, O.S.B., former Rector of St. Edward's Hall, passed away this past Friday at age 88. For those who knew him, Fr. Mario will be missed.

Here's a reflection of Fr. Mario by Joe McGrath '85:
Father Mario Pedi, O.S.B., of Marmion Abbey died peacefully at 8:10 am on Friday, August28 at McAuley Manor. He was 88 years old. 
Fr. Mario was ordained a Benedictine Monk in 1957 and always considered the Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Il, his ‘home’.  After stints as a teacher and then principal at the adjacent Marmion Military Academy, and a few years living and teaching in New York City, he came to Notre Dame as rector of St. Ed’s in 1976 and remained for a decade.  Fr Mario was a larger-than-life character and the guys in the dorm loved him.  His room was like a menagerie with a big tropical fish tank and a succession of exotic birds – parrots and cockatoos – all named ‘Irish’.  They were able to learn and repeat words (the birds, not the fish), and the guys in the dorm taught them to say things like “Hello”, “Go Irish!”, and a few other choice phrases that were, at times, cause for embarrassment to the good padre. He brought his love for the theatre with him to StEds: every year Fr Mario directed a play starring the men of the dorm performed on stage in Washington Hall to sold-out crowds.  The proceeds went to Fr. Mario’s growing collection of exotic animals and birds.  Just kidding. His vows of poverty somehow excluded electronics as well, and he had the best stereo system in the dorm, the biggest TV most of us had ever seen, and a (then) cutting-edge VCR player.  Fr. Mario’s door was always open, and on any given night you’d see bodies draped across every piece of furniture and every square inch of floor as he showed the latest movies – and not just the safe ones.  Our only complaint was that he’d always fast-forward through the ‘good parts’. He also packed ‘em in at Sunday night mass in the chapel, and his weeknight masses were always well attended. 
He went on to be pastor at Annunciation Parish in Aurora, IL, a job that he loved for over twenty years.  In retirement at the abbey, he taught and was librarian at Marmion and remained active administering sacraments and serving those in need in the community
Fr. Mario greeted so many of us at the front door of St Ed’s on our first day at Notre Dame.  He was our friend, surrogate parent, spiritual director, and hall mascot.  He went on to marry many of us, baptize our kids, bury our loved ones and help us through life crises. Now that he’s in heaven, I hope that he greets us there at the front door on our first day, maybe with a parrot on his shoulder.  Uttering choice phrases.
Funeral arrangements for Fr. Mario:

Father Mario’s body will be received by his monastic community and family on Tuesday, September 1, at 4:00 P.M. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Abbey Church at 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora. 

Visitation will continue on Wednesday, September 2, from 8:00 A.M. up until the Funeral Mass which will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow in the Marmion Abbey Cemetery. 

Arrangements are being handled by THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, 630-631-5500 or visit our interactive website at www.daleidenmortuary.com where you may leave condolences for Fr. Mario’s family.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Your Sunday picture...

A beautiful day at Notre Dame...

...from Notre Dame. Here's a picture of the Fr. Sorin statue at the south end of God Quad. The statue, whose inscription is in Latin, was erected in honor of Fr. Sorin in 1905. Besides enjoying your Sunday wherever you are, here's a translation of the Latin inscription:

To God, Greatest and Best.
In Memory of Edward Sorin,
Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Cross,
Founder of the University of Notre Dame,
who, renowned for apostolic virtues,
most zealous for American Catholic Education,
born February 6, 1814,
lived for 78 years and ten months,
students, alumni, and friends
have erected this pledge
of their respect and gratitude

in the year of salvation regained 1905.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

More birds...

Yes. This bird lives at Notre Dame.

…of Notre Dame. Once again, Fr. Terry Ehrman, CSC, a botanist and theologian at Notre Dame, managed to capture some of the more exotic birds of campus. When we think of birds living on campus, we usually think of the common robin and sparrow, but Notre Dame is a home to many more birds than just them. On capturing one of those birds, the double-crested cormorant , Fr. Terry said, "The double-crested cormorant is a bird that is more common than you think...be on the look out for them!"

Fr. Terry also went on to say, "These all black 'sea ravens', in the Pelican family, appear pre-historic as they perch in trees or swim through the water with body submerged and only their neck and bill above the surface before they dive for fish. Their ancestors evolved 34 million years ago." So, if you're ever on Jeopardy, don't shy away from taking birds for $100...

Friday, August 28, 2015

An unexpected visitor...

A special delivery for outside...

...made a visit to the 3rd floor of St. Ed's on Thursday night. Was it Santa Claus a little early? Was it Fr. John Jenkins? No. It was none of these persons. Matter of fact, it wasn't a person at all. Instead, Sam VandenHeuvel, Assistant Rector (above, right), found a bat resting on the floor in the hallway. Thanks to fast thinking, Sam covered the bat with a trash can, and later, with help from Fr. Ralph (above, left), the bat was relocated outside. Of the run in with the bat, Sam said, "I saw the same situation once on Macgyver. I knew what I had to do."

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wall Street hit by...

Stedsmen on Wall Street: Bulls or bears?

...Stedsmen! Okay. You all were probably thinking of the bad news and loses coming from China. Yes, that's certainly true, BUT it also true that Wall Street was hit by several Stedsmen. Joe Meares '10 and Chris Wilson '08 were not only on the trading floor but also on CNBC's Squawk Box- the morning's live broadcast from the trading floor. On his fifteen minutes of fame, Meares said, "Yes. Chris and I made a rare appearance on the 'Box', and at commercial break, I asked for a stock pick, they simply said, 'Avoid China, cash is king.'" Joe, they weren't kidding!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chapel Update.

The Chapel on Thursday morning...

On Thursday of Move-In Week, the Chapel of Sts. Edward and John was a complete shambles. What was even more worrisome was that the Chapel was needed the very next day, Friday, for the Hall's Welcome Week festivities for new residents and parents! Suffice it to say, this situation gave the Welcome Week crew an unstable angina as well as a few more gray hairs for the rector. Yet, when all seems lost, a miracle of sorts happened. Surely, St. Edward and St. John had something to do with it. The Chapel, that was in shambles, was transformed from a mess into anything but... see for yourself! While there are a number of things that need to be done yet, great progress had been made so that the Chapel could be used. More to come...

...the Chapel on Friday afternoon.