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:  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 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.  

We will meet from 12-1 p.m. in 103 Coleman-Morse on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 28
  • Tuesday, September 18
  • Tuesday, October 23
  • Tuesday, November 20
  • Tuesday, December 18

For questions or information contact:  Fr. Frank at 1-5242 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 monthly (or every 4 weeks) on a Wednesday, 12:00-1:00, in room 301 of Coleman-Morse (third floor, directly across from the elevator and south stairs).

  • Wednesday, October 3
  • Wednesday, October 31
  • Wednesday, November 28

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



Faculty Bible Study

Facilitated by Prof. Gary Anderson, Department of Theology Days:
- Wednesday, October 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November, 7 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
- Wednesday, November 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: 331 Coleman-Morse, directly across from the elevator and south stairwell. 


Faculty are invited to join other faculty who are interested in discovering together how to integrate the Word of God more deeply into their spiritual lives.  The group will include prayer, reflection, and conversation guided by the helpful insights of biblical scholar Gary Anderson. It will meet every other week before fall break.  At that time we will see what adjustments to day and time are needed.  All faculty are welcome. 


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




Monthly Faculty Happy Hours


Come and join faculty from across campus for a Happy Hour.  It will be a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, meet someone from another department or college, share ideas, stories, research interests, and relax together.  Many faculty have asked for opportunities to meet faculty from other departments.  These monthly happy hours are a great chance to do that.  Spouses and partners are welcome.   

  • Thursday, November 15, 4-6 p.m. 7 on 9, Corbett Family Hall
  • Thursday, December 6, 4-6 p.m. December 6, Morris Inn Smith Ballroom, Salon C


Faculty Habitat Build

Saturday, December 1, two shifts: 8-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Many faculty participated in our Habitat Build last March to help Habitat get ready for the Carter Project.  Now you are invited to help finish the homes that the Carter project began in August.  On Saturday, December 1st, we will be doing finishing work inside at the project site in Mishawaka.  There is no minimum skill set required, just a desire to help others.  There will be a Habitat foreman on site to teach what you need to know and to supervise the build.  Get your department colleagues to sign up together or come on your own, you will meet other faculty on the build.  There are two three hour shifts:  8:00—11:00 a.m. and 11:30—2:30 p.m.  Sign up for one shift each to allow more interested faculty to participate.  Spaces are limited to ten per shift and will be taken on a first come first serve basis.  The deadline for signing up is Friday, November 2nd.  Sign up HERE.

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