St. Marcellus Day

Since 2006, CPNV and partner organizations have collaborated in the annual celebration of Saint Marcellus, a Roman Centurian who upon becoming Christian gave up the sword.  The saint’s feast day is October 30, and the annual event on that day includes a service at the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame, where the relics of St Marcellus are housed, and various opportunities to reflect on the foundation of Christian nonviolence.

St. Marcellus Day 2015: Thursday, October 29
Come for any or all of the following events:

5:00 – Meal and play at Olivet AME Church (719 N. Notre Dame Ave., South Bend)
Come together with others for a simple supper and dramatization of the trial of Saint Marcellus by area youth.

6:30 – Pilgrimage to the BasilicaKatongole
Process together from Olivet AME Church to the Basilica of Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.

7:15 – Prayer service at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Gather for a prayer for peace and address by Fr. Emmanuel Katongole [] in the Lady Chapel.

9:00 – Service of Light at Moreau Seminary
Join in a Lucernarium prayer to mark the Vigil of the Feast of Saint Marcellus which will be celebrated at Moreau Seminary Chapel (1837 Moreau Dr.) and followed by a light reception hosted by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

*Shuttles will be available for those returning to Olivet Church from the Basilica or Moreau Seminary, who prefer a ride.*

For more information contact Sharon Kniss at or Shawn Storer at or 574-339-1100. Click here for event flyer.

For those who participated in St. Marcellus Day 2015, give us your feedback here.

Photos from St. Marcellus Day 2014:

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Past St Marcellus Day keynote speakers:

  • 2014 — Zoughbi Zoughbi
    Founder of Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center, in the West Bank. A well-known peacebuilder, Mr. Zoughbi gave the keynote speech with a response from Prof. Atalia Omer of the Kroc Institute (Notre Dame), and music performed by the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir. The evening began with a pilgrimage, followed by a prayer service, and meal accompanying the keynote speaker.
  • 2013 – Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
    Founder of the Center for Christian Nonviolence and a life-long scholar and activist.  Fr. McCarthy co-founded Pax Christ-USA with Dorothy Day and was the founder and director of the University of Notre Dame’s The Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution.
  • 2012 – Susan Classen
    Mennonite peace activist who runs a retreat center at a Roman Catholic monastery
  • 2011 – Jack Jezreel
    Founder, Just Faith Ministries
  • 2010 – William Cavanaugh
    Professor, DePaul University
  • 2009 – Mary Jo Leddy
    Director of Romero House Community for Refugees, and Adjunct Professor, Regis College, University of Toronto, Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion.
  • 2008 – Fr. Richard Rohr
    Internationally known retreat and spiritual leader who has authored numerous books. Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation and the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati.
  • 2007 – Fr. John Dear
    Internationally known American Catholic priest, Christian pacifist, author and lecturer.  He has been arrested over 75 times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience against war, injustice and nuclear weapons.
  • 2006 – Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
    Retired auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit