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 Chaplains are Fr. Tim O’Connor, C.S.C. and Fr. Paul Doyle, 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.

Fr. Paul Doyle, 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.

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Coleman-Morse room 301

  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4  
  • December 2  

Staff Grief Support Group

If you are a staff 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.  Staff of all faith backgrounds are welcome.  You may drop in at each session as you are able.

The group meets on third Tuesdays of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Coleman-Morse room 301

  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 14

Prayer of Remembrance

Fridays, September 3 & December 3
Stinson-Remick, Holy Cross Chapel

All staff are invited to join together in prayer for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., Staff Chaplain, will lead the prayer honoring all deceased staff as well as deceased loved ones of Staff. The prayer will express our love for those deceased and offer an opportunity as a community to support one another. 

Staff Prayer Line

Fr. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., Staff Chaplain, invites you to submit any prayer requests that you have to our prayer line.  Staff of all faith traditions are welcome to make a request. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage, and strength, especially in times of uncertainty and challenge. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Fr. Jim. Submit your prayer requests here.


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.