Faculty Chaplaincy

The Notre Dame 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 is new and on-going programming available each year 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. 


Holy Cross priests who teach and work at Notre Dame are also part of the chaplaincy team.  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:

Holy Cross Chaplain Team

Spiritual Direction

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

Faculty Spiritual Directors List

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. 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.

Offerings for Faculty:

Directed Retreat in the Daily Life for Faculty - 2022 

The retreat in daily life is a directed retreat in the Ignatian tradition for busy people. 

The retreat includes:

  • Half hour of daily private prayer
  • Weekly individual 45 minute meeting with an experienced Spiritual Director
  • 5 Weeks: January 24 to February 21

During this retreat you will maintain your daily commitments while making space for prayer as well as a weekly individual meeting with an experienced spiritual guide who will suggest prayer content specifically for you, and reflect with you on your prayer and spiritual life. This retreat offers a way to find God in your busy life, discover new ways of praying, create some quiet space for yourself, and deepen your spiritual practices. The retreat lasts for five weeks: you pray daily at a time you set aside and meet once a week with a spiritual director (5 times).  

A group of experienced spiritual directors have made themselves available for the retreat, some on campus and few from the wider community. The deadline to register is Friday, January 14, 2022. To register click HERE.  

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.  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 meets once per month in person in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (3rd floor across from the elevator and south stairwell)  

  • Wednesday, January 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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 meets once per month in person in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (3rd floor across from the elevator and south stairwell)  

  • Thursday, January 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Young Singles Community for Faculty and Professional Staff

This is an on-going group that meets for socials, dinners, game nights, and other events; such as a local wine tour, backyard socials, movie theater matinee, St. Margaret's fundraising walk, and more. If you are interested in participating, look for announcements of coming events, or contact one of these planning team members to be put on the email list for announcements: Jessica Brown (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Vanessa Chan (Psychology), Megan Hall (Medieval Institute), Jen Hames (Psychology), and Walter Scheirer (Computer Science & Engineering). Sponsored by Faculty and Staff Chaplaincies.

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