Members of the Cavanaugh Council share Father Jenkins’ vision of a Notre Dame that upholds eternal values and a tradition of sending forth graduates who will offer leadership, knowledge, and wisdom to a world deeply in need. Generous annual unrestricted gifts of $50,000 made by members of the Cavanaugh Council give Father Jenkins the flexibility to meet critical needs, support strategic initiatives, and face unexpected challenges. This extraordinary generosity and commitment helps Father Jenkins advance Notre Dame’s distinctive mission to be a truly great, truly Catholic University offering an outstanding education marked by academic excellence, informed by faith, infused with a moral vision, and inspired by the highest ideals.
The Cavanaugh Council is named in honor of Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., who served as president of Notre Dame from 1946 to 1952. Under his leadership, Notre Dame experienced unprecedented growth in the years immediately following World War II. Father Cavanaugh was an inspiring, far-sighted leader who envisioned and gave voice to the extraordinary notion of Notre Dame as a great Catholic university serving the modern world.