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Sorin's Death

Father Sorin, ca. 1890

Along with the whole university community, the minims of St. Edward's Hall celebrated Father Sorin's feastday every year -- October 13th, St. Edward's Day. Generally Father Sorin attended these celebrations; more on this day than on any other the students expressed their affection for him, and he responded with evidence of his great love for them. But he did not have the strength to attend in 1893; a group of students and faculty came to visit him, and he went with them to the balcony of his room to hear the band play for him.

Two weeks later he did not have enough strength left to get out of bed. The minims begged to visit him, but instead they had to go to the chapel and pray; they never saw him alive again. Father John W. Cavanaugh did see him on his deathbed, and gives this account:

Father Sorin died on the 31st of October, 1893. On November 11th the Notre Dame Scholastic published a memorial issue containing an account of the reaction of the Notre Dame community and of other Catholics in the United States and abroad, a report on his funeral, the text of the moving funeral sermon delivered by Archbishop Elder of Cincinnati, and a sketch of his life.

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