Director of Kellogg's Global Leadership Program Rev. Daniel G. Groody, CSC, associate professor of theology and global affairs, was elected a Fellow and Trustee of the University of Notre Dame at the Board of Trustees winter meeting Friday (Feb. 1) on campus. He fills the seat on the Fellows formerly occupied by Kellogg Faculty Fellow Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC (political science), who served faithfully for 18 years as a University Trustee and 16 years as a University Fellow.
The 12 Fellows – six lay men and women and six priests of Notre Dame’s founding religious community, the Congregation of Holy Cross – are the University’s ultimate governing body. They elect the Trustees, adopt and amend the bylaws, and are specifically charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character.
Drawing on years of work related to migration and refugees, Groody has written numerous books and articles that have been translated into seven languages. He is the author of Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (Orbis) and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit (Rowman & Littlefield). He is the editor or co-editor of four books on poverty, justice, and migration and the co-writer (with Jean Bosco Rutagengwa) of Love Prevails: One Couple’s Story of Faith and Survival in the Rwandan Genocide (Orbis), forthcoming next month.
Groody is the executive producer of several internationally acclaimed films and documentaries, including “One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist” and “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey.” He teaches the courses “The Heart’s Desire and Social Change” and “The Great Books and the Human Journey,” and he received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, Award for Sustained Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2011. He also lectures widely around the world.
Groody has worked with the US Congress, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and the United Nations on issues of theology, globalization, migration, and refugees. In 2007-08, he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, and in 2010 he was awarded the Catholic Charities Centennial medal.
Groody is also a faculty fellow in Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.
Groody earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master of divinity degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.