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

Fr. Frank Murphy, C.S.C., Coordinator of Faculty Chaplaincy
Campus Ministry

Fr. Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C.
Emeritus, Program of Liberal Studies

Fr. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C.

Fr. Austin Collins, C.S.C. 
Art, Art History & Design

Fr. Mike Connors, C.S.C.

Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.
Alliance for Catholic Education

Fr. Lou DelFra, C.S.C.
Alliance for Catholic Education

Fr. Bob Dowd, C.S.C.
Political Science

Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C.

Fr. Jim Foster, C.S.C.
Preprofessional Studies

Fr. Dan Groody

Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C.
Institute for Advanced Study

Fr. Greg Haake, C.S.C.
Romance Languages & Literature

Fr. Paul Kollman, C.S.C.
Center for Social Concerns

Fr. Bill Lies, C.S.C.
Mission Engagement

Fr. Ed "Monk" Malloy, C.S.C.
President Emeritus

Fr. Sean McGraw, C.S.C.
Political Science

Fr. Pat Reidy, C.S.C.
Law School

Fr. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C.
Center for Social Concerns

Fr. Oliver Williams, C.S.C.
Mendoza College of Business

Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C.
Institute for Educational Initiatives



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 - coming soon



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 come to this first meeting of the Caregivers Support Group for faculty.  This first meeting is informational and to gather from you the kind of support you would find most helpful.  Balancing teaching, research, and other responsibilities with the care of a loved one can be stressful and lonely.  This group can offer the opportunity to connect with others, share information and struggles, and listen to how others deal with their situations.  By attending this first meeting there is no commitment.  Come to find out what the possibilities are for you.  All faculty are welcome.   Lunch is provided.

Tuesday, September 26, 12:00—1:00.  LocationColeman-Morse Room 103 (Small Lounge)

Facilitators: Anna Detlefsen, MSW, LSW and Fr. Frank Murphy, Faculty Chaplaincy.

For questions contact:  Fr. Frank at 1-5242 or fmurphy4@nd.edu


Silent Directed Retreat:
Are you in need of some space to pray and reflect?  Do you desire to deepen your spiritual life or reconnect with God?  Are you discerning a decision or direction in your life?  The Silent Directed Retreat offers you the space and time to pull away from your hectic life to reflect upon the movements of God’s Spirit in your life.  It begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and finishes on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  There is time for personal prayer, walks outdoors in nature, and a chapel.  You will also have the benefit of an experienced spiritual guide (director) who will listen to your experience, help you discern God’s invitation in it, and suggest ways of praying.  You may meet with the guide each day.  There is one retreat each semester.  It is held at Moreau Seminary, includes meals, and costs $40.  If you have any questions please contact Fr. Frank: 631-5242, fmurphy4@nd.edu.  Register for this retreat here.

  • 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 10 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12
  • 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 23 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25