Campus cemeteries serve as reminders of death, cycle of life

first_imgLocated on the edges of campus, Notre Dame’s two cemeteries go largely unnoticed, serving instead as the backdrop of students’ everyday walks to and from campus. As home to not just one, but two, cemeteries, the University is distinct for this fact among its peers. Both the Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Avenue and the Holy Cross Cemetery on St. Mary’s Road have existed as long as the University.“Notre Dame is probably the only one that actually started a cemetery at the same time they started the university,” Leon Glon, manager of Cedar Grove Cemetery, said. “Basically the cemetery was used to make money and … it was the first Catholic Cemetery in the area. It was kind of a two-fold thing: they needed it to help support the University, but yet they were taking care of the corporal mercy of burying the dead.”While Cedar Grove was a public cemetery maintained by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross as a source of income for the University, Notre Dame founder Fr. Edward Sorin also established a second cemetery for the Holy Cross community alone, Fr. Austin Collins, religious superior of Corby Hall, said. With a few exceptions, deceased priests and brothers are buried in the next available slot without regard to rank or role.“As you can see from the cemetery, everyone’s equal,” Collins said. “It’s just a little cross, RIP — ‘rest in peace’ — and your name. It is just kind of an equality thing: you’re a fellow brother Holy Cross.”Cedar Grove was converted to a private cemetery in the 1970s and gravesites were reserved for faculty and staff at the University. When Glon began working at Cedar Grove in the 1980s, he said, the cemetery was in poor condition.“It was kind of off-the-radar for so many years,” Glon said. “Thirty years ago we were on the very outside edge of campus so it wasn’t really anything that anyone really thought about, it was just kind of there and I would say was kind of neglected. But, you know, things started to change … they started to look at the cemetery differently. They looked at it as an asset instead of a liability.” With budget increases that led to better upkeep and the 2004 renovation of All Souls Chapel, Glon said, the cemetery began to capture the attention of alumni and students alike. While in-ground spaces are still reserved for faculty and staff, alumni are now able to be buried in the cemetery’s above-ground mausoleum either in niche spaces for cremated remains or full-body entombment.Though Cedar Grove Cemetery’s demography is increasingly Notre Dame related, Glon said members of families who purchased plots decades ago are still being buried in the original 16 acres of the cemetery alongside their forebears. Cedar Grove cements the ongoing relationship and deeply intertwined history of the University and the South Bend community.“The cemetery has been active since its inception and it’s got a lot of South Bend history here,” Glon said. “Some of the founders of the city are buried here in Cedar Grove.”In an increasingly mobile world, Glon said, Notre Dame remains a constant in the lives of its alumni, which now make up the majority of burials each year. Burial in Cedar Grove allows for alumni legacies to continue in a tangible way, he said.“For alumni, and I hear this all the time, they went to school here, met their wife here, they got married here, their kids are going to school here or in some cases now their grandkids so its become really ingrained into the family,” Glon said. “… So many people are transient: jobs will take them from one coast to the other but Notre Dame seems to be home.”Similarly, the Holy Cross Cemetery provides a beautiful and simple end to the earthly lives and spiritual journeys of those members of the congregation for whom Notre Dame is home, he said, by serving as a reminder of the fellowship and unity of the religious community.“For most of us … Notre Dame is our home, but it’s also just such a sacred place,” Collins said. “Most of the men have taken final vows in the Basilica, the majority of them have been ordained there and this is where their funerals are. They have the same funeral and they have a procession from the Basilica to the Holy Cross cemetery. It is a very humbling and spiritual experience, I would say.” “We’re buried in the same type of coffin, buried in the same type of vault in the next slot in line so I think it relates to the vow of poverty, relates to simplicity, but it also relates to … this is your brothers and community, you know, there’s no special spot,” Collins said.Glon and Collins both said the cemeteries provide the opportunity for spiritual reflection in peaceful and beautiful settings. Collins said he sees many alumni looking for specific graves in Holy Cross Cemetery as a special way to remember those who have passed.“It’s wonderful during Alumni Weekend especially,” Collins said. “The cemetery is very crowded for people going and looking up their former professors or rectors or friends that they had lived with or been taught by. I think it’s a way to connect with the past. … I can remember someone yelling out, ‘Oh, I found Fr. [Charles] Sheedy’s grave’ once, or I found some older guys that were there looking for their teachers. So I think it is a spiritual place.”Notre Dame is one of few universities in the United States with cemeteries on campus. While the cemeteries may not play a large part in the everyday lives of Notre Dame students, Collins said the mere presence of the rows of humble crosses in Holy Cross Cemetery provides an opportunity for reflection.“[University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s] driver Marty Ogren would say that Fr. Ted would always ask him to stop so he could say a prayer before he left the campus there,” Collins said.Collins emphasized the value of coming to terms with death and pointed to the cemeteries on campus as useful ways to do so. The Holy Cross congregation buries 10 to 12 members each year, Collins said, and their funerals burials are a reminder of the inevitability and peace of death.“Some people are very uncomfortable with death but … it’s really as natural as being born,” Collins said. “We have to look at it that way — the cycle of life, and for people of faith that should not be a scary opportunity. It can actually be a really healing, humanizing experience to see someone pass from this life to the eternal life.”Tags: Cedar Grove Cemetery, cemeteries, Death, Father Hesburgh, history, Holy Cross Cemeterylast_img read more

Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for Week 15

first_imgTonight’s “Sunday Night Football” game is a big one for the NFL playoff picture. In a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, the 8-5 Steelers will host the 9-4 Bills. Pittsburgh and Buffalo entered Week 15 as the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, in the AFC playoffs.Steelers vs. Bills a couple weeks ago was flexed into the “Sunday Night Football” slot due to the game’s playoff implications; it bumped Chargers vs. Vikings to a different time window. Buffalo simply needs a win in Pittsburgh to clinch a playoff berth, but the Bills have lost their last six games against the Steelers, and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has never lost (4-0) to Buffalo. MORE: Watch “Sunday Night Football” live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)To pull of the mild upset as one-point road underdogs, the Bills will need another impressive performance from Josh Allen. The quarterback has posted a passer rating of 90 or better in three of his last four games, and he has 4 TDs, no INTs and a 119.6 passer rating in his last two starts on the road.Allen’s QB counterpart Sunday night is part of the reason the Steelers have remained in the playoff picture despite their injury-related issues at the position this season. Devlin Hodges earned his third win in his third career start last week, and with a win against Buffalo, Hodges would tie Virgil Carter (four wins in 1968) and Phil Simms (four in 1979) for the third-longest streak of wins by a rookie QB to begin a career in the Super Bowl era (1966-present). Additionally, with a win, Hodges would become the first undrafted rookie quarterback to win each of his first four starts in the common draft era (1967-present).Below is all the info you need to watch Steelers vs. Bills on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time for the Week 15 game.Who plays on Sunday Night Football tonight?Matchup: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh SteelersKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETIn our Week 15 NFL picks against the spread and straight-up predictions, Sporting News is split on Sunday night’s Steelers-Bills game. Below are the explanations for each pick.Pick against the spread: Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense were stymied for the most part last week. That’s bad news against the Steelers, who just did a similar number on Kyler Murray. Allen will get sacked a ton and stay in his slump, while the Steelers will ease the burden on Devlin Hodges with more success in the running game. Pittsburgh will become the better AFC wild-card team and keep building on their incredible second-half turnaround. Pick: Steelers win 20-17 and cover the spread.Straight-up prediction: Mike Tomlin is getting coach of the year buzz for good reason considering how he has kept the Steelers on track for an improbable playoff push. Deserving of similar buzz is Sean McDermott, who has the Bills on the verge of 10 wins and legitimately pushing the Patriots in the AFC East standings. These teams are where they are in Week 15 thanks to their defenses, and statistically speaking, Buffalo’s unit has been slightly better. The QB issues will catch up to Pittsburgh, and Josh Allen will put on another impressive showing in front of a national TV audience. That Buffalo has the better rushing offense will help, too. Pick: Bills 23, Steelers 20.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 15What channel is Sunday Night Football on?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (Pittsburgh): WPXITV channel (Buffalo): WGRZLive stream: fuboTVAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the Steelers vs. Bills play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game. Sept. 8Steelers at PatriotsWeek 2Sept. 15Eagles at FalconsWeek 3Sept. 22Rams at BrownsWeek 4Sept. 29Cowboys at SaintsWeek 5Oct. 6Colts at ChiefsWeek 6Oct. 13Steelers at ChargersWeek 7Oct. 20Eagles at CowboysWeek 8Oct. 27Packers at ChiefsWeek 9Nov. 3Patriots at RavensWeek 10Nov. 10Vikings at CowboysWeek 11Nov. 17Bears at RamsWeek 12Nov. 24Packers at 49ersWeek 13Dec. 1Patriots at TexansWeek 14Dec. 8Seahawks at RamsWeek 15Dec. 15Bills at SteelersWeek 16Dec. 22Chiefs at BearsWeek 17Dec. 29TBDcenter_img For those who can’t watch Steelers vs. Bills on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Buffalo call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225, and the Pittsburgh call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only)Sunday Night Football TV schedule 2019All “Sunday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.Week 1Sept. 5 (Thur.)Packers at Bearslast_img read more