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See the Monuments
People the world over know of Touchdown Jesus, but what about ‘We’re #1 Moses?’ Or ‘Fair Catch Corby?’ This is a campus where religion and football collide, and you don’t have to walk far to see the result.
- We’re #1 Moses is situated on the west side of the Hesburgh library. It’s a depiction of Moses, his right arm raised and index finger extended, telling the Israelites there is but one God.
- Fair Catch Corby stands outside Corby Hall, his right arm raised as if he’s about to field a punt but doesn’t want to risk a return. The statue of the Rev. William Corby, a former president of Notre Dame, is actually meant to show him giving absolution to the Union Army’s Irish Brigade prior to the Battle of Gettysburg.
- Standing among the trees surrounding the Grotto is a statue of Dr. Tom Dooley, a Notre Dame graduate who spent much of his life serving the people of North and South Vietnam before dying of cancer in 1961 at the age of 34. At the foot of the statue is a letter, etched in bronze, Dooley wrote to Father Hesburgh from his hospital bed in Hong Kong just two months before his death.
“But just now ... and just so many times, how I long for the Grotto,” Dooley wrote. “If I could go to the Grotto now then I think I could sing inside. I could be full of faith and poetry and loveliness and know more beauty, tenderness and compassion.”
- The Grotto … Tucked into the bottom of a small hill below the Golden Dome and Sacred Heart Basilica, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a peaceful and prayerful spot amid the game-day din. The Grotto is a small cave of candles built by the Rev. Corby in 1896 and modeled after the Grotto in Lourdes, France, where the Blessed Virgin Mary was said to have appeared in 1858. The Grotto is crowded, yet quiet, on football weekends. There is no cost for lighting one of the candles but donations are accepted. It’s one of the spots that make Notre Dame so unique … the guess here is that most college campuses don’t have a place where fans stop to light candles and offer prayers prior to heading to the stadium.