Notre Dame to dedicate Mass in memory of President John F. Kennedy

Author: Dennis Brown

President John F. Kennedy is presented the 1961 Laetare Medal in the Oval Office. Attending the presentation (L-R): unidentified man; Father Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., vice president of Notre Dame; Rep. John Brademas, Indiana; Kennedy; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame; and two unidentified men. President John F. Kennedy is presented the 1961 Laetare Medal in the Oval Office. Attending the presentation (L-R): unidentified man; Father Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., vice president of Notre Dame; Rep. John Brademas, Indiana; Kennedy; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of Notre Dame; and two unidentified men.

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the University of Notre Dame will dedicate the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Friday (Nov. 22) at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the late president.

Notre Dame also will recognize the anniversary before the Irish football game Saturday (Nov. 23) against Brigham Young University when the flag will be presented by G. Robert Blakey, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the tragic events of Nov. 22, 1963. Blakey was the chief legal counsel and staff director for the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations and helped draft the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. A graduate of the University, Blakey was elevated to emeritus status a year ago after teaching for more than 35 years in the Notre Dame Law School.

Kennedy received Notre Dame’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal, in a White House ceremony two years to the day before his assassination. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1950.

Originally published by Dennis Brown at news.nd.edu on November 20, 2013.