South Bend, Ind. The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served as president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, will mark his 70 years as a priest by taking part in a Jubilee Mass on Friday, the day before he turns 96 years old.
Hesburgh is one of 22 members of the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrating anniversaries of ordination during the Mass at 4 p.m. Friday at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus. Hesburgh was ordained on June 24, 1943, and became president of the university nine years later at the age of 35. He retired in 1987.
Hesburgh remains active and continues to work daily in his office in the 13th floor of the library named after him.