Fr. Sorin elected Superior General
The Congregation of Holy Cross held a general chapter in Rome in 1868, at which Fr. Sorin was elected Superior General. This meant global responsibility for the entire Holy Cross community. This meant an increase to an already demanding travel regimen. From his arrival in the U.S. in 1841 to his death in 1893, Fr. Sorin made more than 50 ocean crossings.
While Sorin had stepped down as Notre Dame president in 1865, there was no doubt he was still the University’s leader. His presence was acutely felt by all on campus.