- Apr 11, 2021
Decades ago, Father Theodore Hesburgh sought answers to the issues that plagued the nation through an approach that many people preach is needed to solve the issues of today: he listened. He listened to both sides, and directly to those who were affected most.
In July 1967, a group of leaders in Catholic higher education gathered in Wisconsin, led by Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame, and issued a landmark document called the “Land O’Lakes Statement.” In some ways it was a post-Vatican II declaration of independence, and a half-century later, its impact is still debated.
A new stamp honors former Notre Dame president, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who was born May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York, for his role as an educator and his service as an adviser on civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, immigration reform, campus unrest and development in poor countries to presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.