After an extended hiatus, Notre Dame University-Louaize’s (NDU) 35th Founders’ Day returned on Friday, May 6. This year’s theme was “Lebanon: The Comeback,” a three-fold reference to the reintroduction of the event itself, a return to campus life post-pandemic, and the revitalization of Lebanon—its history, its future, and the importance of reveling in the present amidst hardship and struggle.
In keeping with tradition, the NDU Community attended the Founders’ Day Mass in Issam Fares Hall, NDU main campus. Abbot Semaan Abou Abdou, Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) presided over the Divine Liturgy, assisted by Fr. George Debli, University Chaplain; NDU Choir Director Fr. Khalil Rahme with the presence of NDU President, Fr. Bechara Khoury.
Referencing the Easter season in his homily, Fr. Abou Abdou said, “Just as in this divine sacrifice, which is celebrated in the Mass, Christ offers Himself, we ought to offer up our efforts for the continuation of this institution and its divine and fraternal mission.”
Fr. Khoury then emphasized on the pivotal role of each individual in building a more sustainable future for the younger generation and all those who will come after them. “Founders' Day is a great reminder of the core values NDU represents and how we contribute and uphold those year-to-year.”
Mass was followed by a reception replete with food and warm conversation. The soirée kicked off at 6:00 p.m., with the NDU President taking the stage to welcome students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, among which, actor Wissam Saliba gave a profound and moving word encouraging the youth to stay rooted in Lebanese soil.
Fr. Khoury then congratulated NDU students for their achievements, academic excellence, and exceptional performance in competitions.
Festivities ensued, beginning with the NDU Clubs Parade. Putting on a show were several bands, alternating with DJs leading the set until midnight. The response to the Comeback was overwhelmingly positive, with a great turnout and full immersion in the revelries. Here’s to the continued celebration and building of NDU, a foundation that does not falter.