National Pro-life awards dinner and Mass held at University of Notre Dame, but not a single representative of the ND administration or board of trustees attended

Last Wednesday, April 25, at a dinner attended by hundreds of pro-life advocates from across the United States, the second annual Evangelium Vitae medal, recognizing outstanding service in the defense of human life, was awarded to Helen Alvare, an internationally recognized and acclaimed right-to-life activist.
The dinner was held at the University of Notre Dame, following a Mass celebrated in the Sacred Heart Basilica by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.  In only its second year, the Evangelium Vitae medal has gained national recognition at least on a par with the Laetare medal.
Sadly (and tellingly), not a single representative of the Notre Dame administration or the board of trustees attended the event, although all had been invited.
Most ignored the invitation, not even offering the courtesy of a reply.  Those that replied offered no reason for declining the invitation.  The Notre Dame publicity machine carefully sidestepped the event, both on the ND website and in its daily news bulletins.
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