Our Lady's University Offers Tender Tribute to Mothers


Lisa Hendey with son Eric and Greg and with son Adam at the University of Notre Dame.

One of the best gifts my parents gave me was my education, and particularly the opportunity to study at the University of Notre Dame. Those years prepared me for so many things, including my vocation as a wife and mother. This week, I’m honored to share a letter that I was invited to write as a part of Notre Dame’s beautiful Mother’s Day Celebration.

Eleven Notre Dame mothers were invited to write letters to ourselves on the topic of motherhood. I hope that you’ll give yourself a little retreat today and spend some time with them. I have to say that this exercise was a stretch for me, but also a great joy. My heart belongs to Our Lady, to my own mother, to my sisters (who are both amazing moms) and to my precious husband and sons. My letter–to me–gave me a chance to share in a small way some of what being a mom has meant to me and taught me.

On campus, Notre Dame students have been paying tribute in lovely ways to their own moms. For a tender peek, you can enjoy this video:

This week, as we prepare to celebrate Moms and motherhood on Sunday, and during Mary’s month of May, why not write yourself a letter like this? I hope you’ll enjoy that experience as much as I have.

I’d like to offer profuse thanks to the University of Notre Dame, my alma mater, and to her Alumni Association for recognizing the precious gift of motherhood.

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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