Established in 1883 by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., the Laetare Medal has been awarded annually at Notre Dame to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.” In awarding it, the University strives to recognize the diversity of fields in which United States Catholics make contributions to society and the diversity of the United States Catholic community itself. To view past recipients of the Laetare Medal, please visit the Recipients page.

As of Monday, September 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST, the Laetare Committee is no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 Laetare Medal. Thank you to all who have submitted names for consideration for this prestigious award.

The 2021 Laetare Medalist will be announced on Laetare Sunday, the third Sunday in Lent. This page will be updated in Summer 2021 with information pertaining to the 2022 Laetare Medal.