Assistant Director of Sacramental Preparation
Brett Perkins grew up on a corn and soybean farm outside Cerro Gordo, a small rural farming community in east central Illinois. He left the farm in 1997 and went on to study Finance and Theology at Notre Dame, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2001. After working for three years in financial healthcare consulting in Chicago, Brett returned to Notre Dame in 2004 to work in the Office of Campus Ministry. Brett worked first in the area of evangelization, fellowship groups, and student outreach before moving over to direct the Sacramental Preparation and Catechesis area in 2013. In this role, Brett oversees the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Short Course processes (the ministries by which non-Catholics become members of the Catholic Church and Catholic Christians prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation). In addition, Brett oversees our small group Bible studies and coordinates various catechetical opportunities for students to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian in our world today. He has also led pilgrimage experiences domestically and abroad to Rome, Montreal, World Youth Day in Germany, France, and the Holy Land. Brett earned his Master’s degree in Theology in 2011 through Notre Dame’s Echo Program.
When he’s not in Coleman-Morse or at Starbucks meeting with students, Brett enjoys cooking for hungry friends, working on his house, reading, camping in North Dakota, silent retreats at monasteries, cantoring at his parish, and pretty much anything reminiscent of the central Illinois farm on which he grew up. His door in 116 CoMo is always open and he loves visitors!