Staff Chaplaincy

Staff chaplains are here to accompany staff through personal, family, work or other issues.   While the chaplaincy is rooted in Holy Cross and Notre Dame’s Catholic tradition, it serves those of all faiths and those seeking faith.  Our Staff Chaplains welcome prayer requests, opportunities for one-on-one conversations and are there particularly to provide support in times of personal hardship, illness or death of loved ones.  The chaplaincy also provides opportunities for staff to gather together for support including the monthly Caregivers Support Group and the quarterly Prayer of Remembrance offered for loved ones who have died.  Our full-time Staff Chaplain is Fr. Jim Backe, C.S.C. and our part-time Staff Chaplain is Fr. Tim O’Connor, C.S.C. As Fr. Jim says, “we are here to listen and walk the path beside you.”

Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C.

Fr. Tim O’Connor, C.S.C.

Staff Caregivers Support Group:

If you are a staff member currently caring for an aging parent, a spouse, or a child with special needs, you are welcome to join the Caregivers Support for staff. This group can offer the opportunity to connect with others, share information and struggles, and listen to how others deal with their situations.

  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3 

Prayer of Remembrance:

All staff are invited to join together in prayer for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

  • September TBD

12:15-12:45 p.m.
Holy Cross Chapel, Stinson-Remick Hall

Midday Prayer:

All staff are invited to participate in midday prayer offered Tuesdays, from 12:10-12:25 p.m. in the St. Andre Bessette, C.S.C. Chapel, 2nd floor of Flanner Hall.  

Staff Prayer:

Lord God, grant us, as Notre Dame Staff,
patience and acceptance for ourselves,
co-workers, and work we share in as part of
The mission of serving our students. May we
Feel your love and spirit wherever we are.