The Four Horsemen
Notre Dame Collection
In 1879, Father Sorin , founder of the University of Notre Dame, was in Montreal about to set sail for Europe. When he heard of the great fire which had destroyed the main college building, he returned only to find the heart of the University in ruins and the community in despair. Father Sorin’s pledge to Notre Dame, which has often been quoted “If it were all gone, I should not give up” , serves as a continuing source of inspiration and is the essence of the spirit of Notre Dame.