Notre Dame University hosted a Mass Sunday, as well as a memorial service in honor of former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, who died in his home in Granger last week. He was 94.
Family, friends and community members gathered to pay their respects to Parseghian at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. Mass was presided by the University’s president, Reverend John Jenkins. He said, “Parseghian’s accomplishments were so remarkable that we attributed to him almost supernatural powers.”
A memorial service followed at the Purcell Pavilion. Attendees included former Notre Dame coaches Lou Holtz and Digger Phelps.
The memorial highlighted Parseghian’s dedication to raising awareness and research funds for both Niemann-Pick Type C and Multiple Sclerosis. Both diseases directly affected his family.
President of Miami University Gregory Crawford says he will always remember Parseghian’s dedication to his family and grandchildren.
Crawford said, “Being honored by the March of Dimes soon after his grandchildren received the NPC diagnosis, he said, ‘my greatest achievement, I’d like to think is maybe ahead of me.’”
Parseghian led the Notre Dame football program for 11 seasons, in which they won two national championships.