Irish citizenship bestowed on Notre Dame's legendary Fr. Hesburgh

Posted by Patrice Tuohy
Sunday 26, February 2012 | Category:   Clergy

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC with
Rev. Martin Luther King during Civil Rights
rally in 1964. Click here for more about the
moment captured in this iconic photo.
University of Notre Dame’s former president Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh is to receive Irish citizenship on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny who will be on campus, reports

Hesburgh, now 95 years old, was a leading figure in the U.S. civil rights movement and an educator who was considered among the finest of the 20th century.

The citizenship award is very rare, as it is not an honorary award and is given to those who do not qualify through ancestral rules. Previous recipients have included former House Speaker "Tip” O’Neill and former Coca Cola president Donald Keough.

Learn more about the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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