Faculty Chaplaincy is a ministry that emerges from Holy Cross and Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition and serves all faculty regardless of religious affiliation or no religious affiliation. The emphasis on community at Notre Dame means that all are welcome.  Important to community life and human flourishing are pastoral and spiritual support. Through pastoral availability, a variety of spiritual programming and opportunities for service, connecting people through conversation and social gatherings, support groups, the sacraments, and more, the Faculty Chaplaincy supports a diverse faculty in a demanding academic environment. While there are new and on-going programs available to meet the diverse interest and needs of the faculty, the Faculty Chaplain is always receptive to new initiatives and requests. 

For pastoral needs (death of loved one, illness, spiritual, faith or other concerns) or to offer suggestions, please contact Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., Faculty Chaplain, at fmurphy4@nd.edu or 574-631-5242. 

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 and life.  It can help you become more aware of God’s presence and invitation.  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 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.

A dedicated list of spiritual directors is available to faculty and includes women, men, lay, religious, and priests.

Spiritual Direction Team

Offerings for Faculty

Faculty Bible Study 2023

Led by David Licicum, Associate Professor of Theology
First Meeting: Friday, September 15, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 330 Coleman-Morse.
Professor Lincicum will lead a Bible study on St. Paul's Letter to the Colosians. The Bible Study will meet every other week on Fridays, beginning September 15th. Lunch is included. If you are interested, please sign up HERE.
Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
September 15 & 29
October 13 & 27
November 10
December 8

Faculty Happy Hour

Thursday, September 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Venue: Jordan Hall Observatory: On the Roof!

Take the elevators on the south side of Jordan Hall to the 4th floor. A person or signage will direct you from there.

Happy Hours are an opportunity to meet colleagues from other departments and colleges, share ideas and research, relax together, and build community. Bring colleagues with you from your department. All faculty are welcome along with their spouses and partners. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are included.

In the case of bad weather, the happy hour will be on the fourth Floor Landing of Jordan Hall.

Sponsored by the Faculty Chaplaincy and Provost's Office


Saturday, November 4th at Cultivate Food Rescue (1403 Prairie Ave. South Bend)
Individual faculty and faculty families are welcome to participate (children 6 years and up are welcome to help) Two time slots: 9:00a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Please sign up on this FORM:
Cultivate Food Rescue collects and uses prepared food as well as donated ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away to create nutritious meals for students who face food insecurity, especially on the weekends when they can't be assisted through school breakfast and lunch programs.
As a meal processing volunteer, you will be able to work with fellow ND faculty members and families to help produce several hundred meals that will be frozen to provide nourishment for these students and other food insecure community members.
Each time slot has limited space.

Caregivers Support Group for Faculty & Staff

If you are a Faculty or Staff member who is currently caring for an aging parent, a spouse, or a child with special needs, you are welcome to join the Caregivers Support Group. This group can offer the opportunity to connect with others, share struggles and information about resources in the community, and listen to how others deal with their situations. The group is confidential, non-denominational and all Faculty and Staff are welcome.

  • The Caregivers Group meets monthly on Wednesday  from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (3rd floor across from the elevator and south stairwell), on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, August 16
    • Wednesday, September 20
    • Wednesday, October 25
    • Wednesday, November 15
    • Wednesday, December 13

Grief Support Group for Faculty & Staff

If you are a Faculty or Staff member who has experienced the death of a loved one--a child, a parent, a spouse, a friend, a colleague, or other loved one, you are welcome to join this group. Grief affects us in many ways, and we all grieve differently. Many people find understanding and healing through sharing their journey with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group is confidential, non-denominational and all Faculty and Staff are welcome. It is an on-going group that you join when you need it and move on when you feel ready to.

  • The Grief Group meets monthly on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (3rd floor across from the elevator and south stairwell), on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, August 15
    • Tuesday, September 19
    • Tuesday, October 24
    • Tuesday, November 14
    • Tuesday, December 12

Young Singles Community for Faculty and Professional Staff

The Young Singles Community of Notre Dame (YSC) is a social group for Notre Dame Faculty and Professional Staff. It is an on-going group that meets for socials, dinners, game nights, and other events, such as a local wine tour, backyard socials, fruit-picking, axe-throwing, ice skating, and more. If you are interested in participating, look for announcements of upcoming events or contact one of the planning team members to be put on the email list for announcements. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the group. Vanessa Chan (Psychology),  Jen Hames (Psychology), Kelli Getz (Hesburgh Libraries), and Kevin Jacquinot (Turbomachinery Laboratory). Sponsored by Faculty and Staff Chaplaincies.


  • Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., Faculty Chaplain, fmurphy4@nd.edu +1 574-631-5242