Campus Minister, Assistant Director of Sacramental Preparation
Sacramental Preparation, Undergraduate Staff
Brett Perkins grew up on a corn and soybean farm outside Cerro Gordo, a tiny 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 to the area of Sacramental Preparation and Catechetical Initiatives in 2013. In this role, Brett oversees the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process (the ministry by which non-Catholics become members of the Catholic Church) and the Confirmation Program (for Catholics who want to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation). In addition, Brett coordinates various catechetical opportunities for students to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian in our world today, as well as working with the Lenten Pilgrimage to 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 in Starbucks meeting with students, Brett delights in cooking for hungry friends, working on his house, reading, camping in North Dakota, 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 114 CoMo is always open and he loves visitors!