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:  574-631-5242


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:

Friday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Snite Museum of Art
Facilitated by Prof. Robin Jensen, Department of Theology

This two-hour contemplative retreat invites participants to the Snite Museum, where they will practice a type of contemplative prayer that centers on a work of art. Visio Divina joins attentive observation of an artwork with meditation on scripture that will enrich the viewer’s encounter with both image and the story in order to foster appreciation for its meaning and message. The retreat opens with a brief explanation of the process and some guiding suggestions, while allowing significant time for individual engagement with selected works of art in the Museum, some discussion/sharing, and closes with a brief time of community prayer.
Lunch is provided
RSVP HERE by Friday, March 15, 2019
For questions contact Fr. Frank at fmurphy4@nd.edu


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.  

The group will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from 12:30--1:30 p.m. in room 301 Coleman-Morse (third floor, directly across from the elevator and south stairs). 

  • Tuesday, January 22
  • Tuesday, February 26
  • Tuesday, March 26
  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, May 28

For questions or information contact:  Fr. Frank at 574-631-5242 or fmurphy4@nd.edu


Faculty Grief Support Group

If you are a faculty member who has experienced the death of a loved one—a child, a spouse, a parent, a close friend or colleague—you are invited to join a support group of other faculty who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  Grief affects us in many ways, and we all grieve differently.  Many people find understanding and healing through sharing their journey with others.  The group is non-denominational and all faculty are welcome.  A faculty’s schedule is full and you may not be able to attend every month.  That is not a problem.  The group is designed so that you can pick up easily after missing a meeting.


The group will meet the 4th Wednesday of the Month from 12:00-1:00 in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (third floor, directly across from the elevator and south stairs).

  • Wednesday, January 23
  • Wednesday, February 27
  • Wednesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, April 24
  • Wednesday, May 22

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



Faculty Bible Study

Facilitated by Prof. Gary Anderson, Department of Theology.

All Faculty are welcome!

Venue: 300 Geddes Hall

  • Wednesday, January 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.    
  • Wednesday, February 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, February 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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



Monthly Faculty Happy Hours


Connect with colleagues, meet faculty from another department or college, share ideas and stories,  and relax together at the monthly Faculty Happy Hour.  Bring colleagues from your department with you.  Spouses and partners are welcome.  Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.   Happy Hours are from 4:00--6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 17 - Morris Inn, Salon C
Thursday, February 21 - Foley's (Former South Club) O'Neill Hall
Thursday, March 21 - Seven on 9 in Corbett Family Hall 
Thursday,  April 25 - Foley's (Former South Club) O'Neill Hall