Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating is the director of the Notre Dame Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives, where she engages in scholarship that strives to recover the concept of human dignity for the theological and philosophical imagination.


  1. The Church Has a Morbid Streak

    Jessica Keating, Dir. of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives at the Institute for Church Life, dives into the strange ironies of sainthood.
  2. St. Maximilian Kolbe and the War Against Indifference

    More than one concentration camp survivor has remarked that one would need the pen of Dante to describe the horrors that afflicted the “great army of unknown and unrecorded victims.”[1] Hell is that abyss that skews vision an...


  3. Time and America's Pastime: Baseball with My Dad

    Moments before the opening pitch of a Giants-Cardinals doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in the summer of 1934, my dad remembers Jerome “Dizzy” Dean strutting up and down the length of the Giants dugout. The scrappy Cardinals ...

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  4. Debunking Abortion Myths: Part 3

    In just over a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather on the National Mall to protest the their country’s abortion policy, which ranks among the most permissive in the world. As abortion rates reach their lowest level...
  5. Debunking Abortion Myths: Part 2

    Political rhetoric often gives the impression that Americans’ views on abortion may be neatly categorized along ideological, generation, and gender lines. However, this ethereal narrative blurs and even obscures the on-the-ground r...
  6. Debunking Abortion Myths: Part 1

    Jessica Keating, Director of the ND Institute for Church Life Human Dignity & Life Initiatives, sets to demythologizing abortion commonplaces.
  7. Waiting in the Mystery of Hope

    What surprises me, says God, is hope. —Charles Péguy, The Portal to the Mystery of Hope Every Advent I sit around a small prayer table with four-year-olds and contemplate the great mystery of messianic hope announced by the&...


  8. Three 'Single' Thoughts on Marriage

    Thinking about marriage is not simply something that married people can do. Here, a single woman reflects on the gift of marriage through her own vocation.