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:

Prayer and spirituality During Covid-19

A series of brief spiritual, prayerful, and practical presentations for this time of anxiety, uncertainty and physical distancing.  Here are the first two offerings, more to come.

COVID and Divine Providence: Your God May Be Too Small
Fr. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus, Program of Liberal Studies, Retreat Master, Spiritual Director, and author of "Your God may be Too Small" and "The Creed as Symbol."

Thursday, August 20, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. via Zoom
The mystery of Creation and of Providence prompt us to reflect on who and what an infinite God must be.  In this brief session, Fr. Ayo will give us food for thought during this time of pandemic.  There will also be time for some questions and conversation.
If you would like a calendar invitation and reminder, please fill out this FORM.
Prayer with a Growing Family
Stacey Noem, Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology, and Josh Noem, Senior Editor, the Grotto Network.
Wednesday, September 2, 8:00 to 8:45 p.m. via Zoom
Families are spending a lot of time together during this pandemic.  What better time to pray together as a family!  Stacey and Josh Noem have helped many families and couples learn to pray together.  They offer their wisdom from years of practicing prayer with their own children.  In this presentation they will talk about how to pray with young children, how to adapt prayer as children get older, and how they learned to support each other's prayer preferences as a couple.  There will be time for questions and answers.
If you would like a calendar invitation and reminder, please fill out this FORM.

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 on Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  This semester the group will meet by Zoom.  If you would like the Zoom link, please contact Fr. Frank.

  • September 15
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8

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 on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This semester the group will meet by Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link, please contact Fr. Frank.

  • September 16
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Young Singles Community for Faculty and Professional Staff

This is an on-going group that meets for socials, dinners, game nights, and other events.  Since April, gatherings have been by Zoom:  a happy hour followed by games.  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), Megan Hall (Medieval Institute), Jennifer Hames (Psychology), Liz Loughran (Graduate Career Services), and Joe Nugent (Research Librarian). 

Social at St. Patrick's Park
Friday, August 28, 5-8 p.m.
St. Patrick's Park (50651 Laurel Rd, South Bend, IN 46637)
Hurwich Shelter: Ask at gate for directions to parking. 

The Young Singles Community planning team is excited to announce our first in-person social for the 2020-2021 academic year.  You are invited to join us at the Hurwich Shelter in St. Patrick's Park for a casual in person but physically distanced get-together.  Details, including safety precautions, are below.  We look forward to this opportunity to connect with you in person (albeit at a distance and behind our respective masks) as a complement to our past and upcoming virtual happy hours.

What you need to know before arriving at park:

  1. Park entrance fee is $4 county resident, $5 non-resident.
  2. Please bring a face mask.  All attendees must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times, except while eating or drinking, and keeping appropriate physical distance.
  3. The Hurwich Shelter is a large structure, next to a river. The space also includes trails.
  4. Please bring your own food, drink and eating utensils.  NO glass bottles allowed, beer and wine in other containers is permitted.
  5. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer will be available.  Public restrooms are available in the big barn.

If you would like an email reminder or to join the Youngle Singles Community Google Group, please fill out this FORM.


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