Found in translation: In 50 years of overlooked letters, French class discovers new insights into Father Sorin and the early days of Notre Dame

Author: Carrie Gates

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Stories of founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., are legend at the University of Notre Dame.

But now, thanks to a trove of never-before-translated letters and a class taught by French professor Rev. Gregory Haake, C.S.C., students are getting the chance to learn more about the young priest defined by his unshakeable faith and determination — through his own words — and to share what they are uncovering with the world. 

The correspondence spans nearly 50 years and paints a vivid picture of life in the mid-19th century amid the challenges of building a university.

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Originally published by Carrie Gates at on October 13, 2022.