Fr. Jim King, C.S.C.
Rev. James B. King, C.S.C.
Director of Campus Ministry
From 2003 to 2010, Rev. James B. King, C.S.C., served as the rector of Sorin Hall, the nation’s oldest Catholic residence hall. Two years later, he is still irked about the Otters waiting until he left to produce five Bengal Bouts champs and win their first interhall football championship in 43 years.
While at Sorin, Fr. King initiated a hall-based program for student volunteers in East Africa that raised $150,000 for St. Jude Primary, a Holy Cross grade school, and sent a student from the hall each summer to work there. He also authored a book on residential life entitled “Known by Name: Inside the Halls of Notre Dame” in which he mentions some students by name and uses pseudonyms for others just in case they want to run for office someday.
In 2010, he moved into Corby Hall, becoming the religious superior for the Holy Cross priests and brothers on campus while continuing to work in the community’s foreign mission office. In 2012, he became the Director of the Office of Campus Ministry.
Fr. King is a Triple Domer, with a bachelor’s degree in government and international studies, a master’s degree in divinity and another master’s degree in nonprofit administration. He also has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He has taught Freshman Seminar, Business Ethics and Pastoral Practice and Ethics.
Fr. King completed eight years as Director of Vocations for Holy Cross in 2005. From 1992 to 1997, he was assigned to the University of Portland where he was a rector, worked in the Alumni and Development offices, taught history and directed the Salzburg Program. He was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1988 and is originally from Chicago, Illinois – a South Side Sox fan who prays daily for the souls of delusional Cubs supporters. Oh, and he’s still the boxing chaplain too.