Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our Daughter Kara's Wedding at Notre Dame


In less than four weeks -- our daughter Kara will be walking down the aisle at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (on the University of Notre Dame campus) to marry her fiance Conor Walsh...

Standing at the altar will be none other than Theodore Cardinal McCarrick -- the former Archbishop of Washington D.C. -- Conor's "great" uncle.

Cardinal McCarrick is a great friend to Notre Dame -- in fact he delivered the Commencement Address at our son Jimmy's graduation from ND in 2008.  Little did we know sitting in the Purcell Pavilion seats that day -- six years later he would be marrying our daughter and future son-in-law at Notre Dame.

Back in early March of 2013 -- Conor reached out to the Cardinal ("Uncle Ted") to ask him to officiate at his wedding to Kara -- ironically, McCarrick was in Rome at the time for the Conclave that elected Pope Francis.  

Here's a link to a story of what happened to Cardinal McCarrick just a few days after he agreed to come to Notre Dame to marry our daughter -- you'll enjoy his exchanges with Pope Francis...

It's going to be a special day.

LINK:  CARDINAL MCCARRICK


Bears Head Coach Talks Jimmy Clausen


Looks like former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is making a favorable impression with the Chicago Bears.  Click on the story below:

LINK:  CLAUSEN TO STICK

Besler Should Be Good to Go for Sunday


Former Notre Dame All-American Matt Besler '09 -- a starting "center back defender" on TEAM USA -- appears to be full go for Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal.  The Domer was injured in the 41st minute of America's 2 - 1 win over Ghana.

Ironically, his replacement scored the winning goal!

LINK:  INJURY UPDATE

LINK:  MATT BESLER -- HIS STORY

Latest Photo From Inside Notre Dame Stadium


Here's the latest picture of the work going on inside Notre Dame Stadium as they prep for the installation of field turf.

Pat Connaughton Signs Contract With Orioles!


Notre Dame two-sport star Pat Connaughton officially signed his contract with the Orioles and is now headed to Sarasota, FL to pitch for the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

Connaughton was taken in the 4th round by the Orioles in  2014 MLB Draft -- earlier this month -- earning a $428,000 bonus...

Pat will return to Notre Dame on July 30th to begin preparation for his senior season with Mike Brey's Fighting Irish.  You'll enjoy the video of Pat being drafted by the Orioles -- and the video from last night's Oriole's game where Pat was introduced on the field during the game:

LINK:  ORIOLES DRAFT CONNAUGHTON

LINK:  CAMDEN -- ON FIELD INTRODUCTION TO FANS

LINK:  CONNAUGHTON 

LINK:  MLB 2014 BONUS POOL

Reunion Weekend: Notre Dame Trivia!!!


Folks, this is a well produced and entertaining video you must see!

LINK:  NOTRE DAME TRIVIA

Coach Kelly Cooking at Meijer's in Mishawaka


Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly was at the Meijer's in Mishawaka this week with a couple of his "rising" sophomore football stars:  Corey Robinson and Mike McGlinchey. 

Folks, McGlinchey is huge -- he should be the first guy off the bus wherever we play on the road next season...

You're going to want to watch this video of their appearance -- good fun:

LINK:  COACH KELLY AT MEIJER'S