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A Gathering of Voices, the Legacy of Sister Maura Eichner, SSND

Sister Maura Eichner shared her love of words with students at Notre Dame for 50 years. Along the way, she inspired countless writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, essays and other literary works.

In October 2011, Notre Dame released "After Silence," a new collection of the best of Sister Maura's works. The occasion was celebrated with a gathering of several of Sister Maura's former colleagues, students and fans, and featured a tribute by acclaimed poet Elizabeth Spires.

Enjoy a slideshow of the highlights, including an exhibit of works of Sister Maura and her students.

Dr. Michael Storey, longtime friend of Sister Maura's, edited the book and emceed the event:

About Sister Maura Eichner

During her life, more than 350 of Sister Maura’s poems were published in literary magazines, journals and newspapers including America, The New York Times, Yale Review and Commonweal; and in ten collections, including “Initiate the Heart” (1946), “The Word is Love” (1958); “Walking on Water” (1972), “What We Women Know” (1980) and “Hope is a Blind Bard” (1989). Among her numerous awards was the prestigious Theodore Hesburgh Award for Contribution to Higher Education in 1986.

An alumna of Notre Dame’s class of 1941, Sister Maura died in 2009,at the age of 94. In her honor, Notre Dame established the Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Chair in English. Over the years, Sister Maura’s students won many awards in national writing contests sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly, Lyric and other magazines. In the 21 years of Atlantic’s student-writing contests, Sister Maura’s students won 297 awards, including nine first-place honors. 

Read tributes to Sister Maura from her students.