Faculty Chaplaincy

Notre Dame offers all of its faculty access to a dedicated chaplaincy team.  Coordinated by Fr. Frank Murphy, CSC, the faculty chaplaincy draws together and connects faculty with conversations, programming, retreats, opportunities for prayer, and more, to meet the spiritual and faith needs of faculty in a demanding academic environment.  While the chaplaincy emerges from Holy Cross and Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition, it serves the spiritual welfare of the entire faculty, regardless of religious affiliation.  A small group of faculty currently serves as an advisory board to assist the chaplaincy team in ever growing to meet the diverse backgrounds, interests, and needs of our faculty community. Whether for personal pastoral support, spiritual direction, retreats, faculty service projects, efforts to increase community engagement, or any other need, please contact Fr. Frank Murphy.  Email: fmurphy4@nd.edu   Phone:  631-5242


Fr. Frank coordinates all of the chaplaincy efforts. He is assisted by a team of Holy Cross priests who teach and work at Notre Dame.  They, too, are available to faculty. For conversations about the intersection of disciplines, the nature of our Catholic mission and intellectual tradition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or simply a sincere listening ear, please feel free to reach out to any of the following

Faculty Chaplaincy Team Members

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the practice of entering into a conversation with an experienced guide with whom you can discuss your spiritual journey, relationship with God, prayer, and the integration of faith in your life.  Spiritual direction can help you become more aware of God’s presence and invitation in your life.  If you have a desire for a deeper relationship with God, want to develop your prayer life, discern a decision or direction in life, or if you are simply looking for guidance in your faith life, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey, spiritual direction may be for you.  Spiritual direction sessions normally last an hour and you usually meet with your spiritual director every three to four weeks, but length and frequency are determined by you and your spiritual director.  Spiritual direction is open to all faculty regardless of church affiliation.   Click on the link below to see the list of spiritual directors available to you on campus, and a few off campus.  For assistance in finding a spiritual director, or for any questions, please contact Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C. at fmurphy4@nd.edu or 574-631-5242.

Faculty Spiritual Directors List



Faculty Lenten Mini-Retreat

Thursday, February 15, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Stayer Center, Morris Commons

From Ashes to the Living Font: Lent begins with ashes and dust, reminders of our shared mortality, but it ends at the font in which all Christians have received the eternal life of the Trinity. Prof. Kimberly Belcher of Theology will facilitate individual and communal reflection using the imagery in the 13th-14th century mosaic ceiling from the Baptistery of Saint John the Baptist in Florence and the Roman Catholic rites for Ash Wednesday and the Easter Vigil. Protestants and Eastern Christians, as well as Catholics, are invited to consider the ties between Christian initiation, Christian seasonal practices of repentance, and death and resurrection.

Facilitator: Prof. Kim Belcher, Department of Theology

RSVP by Wednesday, February 7 with this link. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C. at fmurphy4@nd.edu or 574-631-5242


Faculty Habitat Build

Saturday, March 24, two shifts: 8-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m.

Many faculty have asked for service opportunities in the local community.  On Saturday, March 24, you are invited to participate with other faculty members in a Habitat for Humanity house construction.  There is no minimum skill set required, just a desire to help others.  There will be a Habitat foreman on site to teach what you need to know and to supervise the build.  You may sign up for one of two 3 hour shifts: 8-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m. Encourage your department colleagues to sign up together or come on your own and meet other faculty members on the build.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, March 1. Spaces are limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis.

For questions or more information, please contact Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., Faculty Chaplain at fmurphy4@nd.edu  or 574-631-5242.

Sign up HERE.


Faculty Social

Thursday, February 1, 4-6 p.m.
South Club, O’Neill Hall (south side of stadium)

You are invited to a faculty social on Thursday, February 1 at the South Club in the new O’Neill Hall (south side of stadium).  It is an opportunity to meet faculty from across campus, connect with other colleagues, and get to know one another better. If you are looking to meet and connect with other faculty, this will be a good opportunity.  It will be a very low-key event, but we hope you will leave with a new friend and colleague. Although the focus is on faculty, spouses and partners are welcome. It is being sponsored by the Faculty Chaplaincy.  Please join us.


For more information, contact Fr. Frank Murphy at fmurphy4@nd.edu or 574-631-5242.



Faculty Caregivers Support Group

If you are a faculty member currently caring for an aging parent, a spouse, or a child with special needs, you are welcome to join the Caregivers Support Group for faculty.  This group can offer the opportunity to connect with others, share information and struggles, and listen to how others deal with their situations.  All faculty are welcome.  

We will meet from 12-1 p.m. in 103 Coleman-Morse on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 20
  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Tuesday, April 17
  • Tuesday, May 22
  • Tuesday, June 19

For questions or information contact:  Fr. Frank at 1-5242 or fmurphy4@nd.edu


Silent Directed Retreat

Are you in need of some space to pray and reflect?  Do you desire to deepen your spiritual life or reconnect with God?  Are you discerning a decision or direction in your life?  The Silent Directed Retreat offers you the space and time to pull away from your hectic life to reflect upon the movements of God’s Spirit in your life.  It begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and finishes on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  There is time for personal prayer, walks outdoors in nature, and a chapel.  You will also have the benefit of an experienced spiritual guide (director) who will listen to your experience, help you discern God’s invitation in it, and suggest ways of praying.  You may meet with the guide each day.  There is one retreat each semester.  It is held at Moreau Seminary, includes meals, and costs $40.  If you have any questions please contact Fr. Frank: 631-5242, fmurphy4@nd.edu.  

Register for this retreat here.

  • 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 23 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25