Austin I. Collins, C.S.C., is the religious superior of the Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at The University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, he concurrently serves as a member Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees and Board of Fellows. Collins was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1982, after graduating from Notre Dame in 1977.

Collins is a professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame. Collins Studied art at the University of California at Berkeley and received a M.F.A. in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in 1985.

Collins’s area of practice includes public art, large outdoor sculpture, installation art, and liturgical art.  The theme of his creative work often deals with political and social issues. Collins has had over 140 exhibitions, including exhibitions at Northwestern University, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Virginia and The Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.  His work has been placed 50 public and private collections. He has also given public lectures at various institutions across the country. Collins has served as chair the of the department from 1997 through 2003, has served on the academic council, the faculty senate, arts and letters college council and numerous University committees.

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Breakthrough Maternal/Child Health Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities

As you all know, we’ve spent two decades working to improve medical care for Ecuador’s rural poor. And recently, this work and commitment earned a $1.5 million grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). This remarkable award validates the hard work of everyone in this organization, specifically because Andean Health is one of only four organizations to receive one of these prized global grants. This grant will help us specifically address maternal and newborn health services in Santo Domingo and the surrounding provinces.

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This is Vanesa, the very first baby born in the new RMHC maternal/child health program at Hesburgh Hospital.