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Notre Dame law professor Rev. Link to speak April 24

David Link croppedRev. David T. Link, Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Notre Dame Law School, and President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, will speak Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus.

His talk, “Serving the Least, the Lost, and the Lonely,” is free and open to the public. Rev. Link’s presentation is this year’s Hesburgh lecture, which is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplain, the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas, and Furman University’s Catholic Campus Ministry. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

While serving as dean of the Notre Dame Law School, Rev. Link co-founded the South Bend (Ind.) Center for the Homeless, a nationally recognized program in its 24th year of operation, which has served more than 55,000 men, women, and children by linking them with the programs, agencies, and people who can help them break the cycle of homelessness.

Husband for 45 years to the late Barbara Link, David Link is father of five children and grandfather of 14. Upon his wife’s passing, Link became a Catholic priest at the age of 71 and spends his retirement years ministering to inmates of a maximum security prison in Indiana.

Rev. Link’s unusual story is chronicled in a book published by Random House in 2013 titled Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars.

Rev. Link serves on the boards of Dismas House, the Miracle of Nazareth Foundation, Skyline Corporation, and World Dignity, Inc.  He is a teacher and scholar in the fields of Professional Ethics, University Administration, Rights of the Disadvantaged, International Taxation, and Computers and the Law.

Established 26 years ago, the Hesburgh Lecture Series aims to encourage intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members, and the distinguished faculty of Furman’s sister university, Notre Dame. Each year, Notre Dame Faculty Members deliver more than 200 presentations around the world. The series is named for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.

For more information, contact Maria Swearingen, Assistant University Chaplain, Furman University at 864-294-2133, or; or Charles Bathon, past President, Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas at 574-261-2293, or

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