Since Day One - Holy Cross Presence on Campus


An unshakeable faith that continues to inform the University’s Catholic character and infuse the Notre Dame spirit


Dedicated to education and evangelization, Holy Cross priests and brothers represent the cornerstone of the University’s Catholic character and spirit. Today, 170 years after founding Notre Dame, members of the Congregation are found across campus, working in administration, serving in chapels, living in residence halls, and teaching in classrooms. But, whether gathering in Corby Hall for meals or common prayer, or overseeing daily operations, celebrating Mass, counseling or advising students, or providing instruction in everything from science and social justice to humanities and liberal arts, the band of brothers continues to do what they’ve done since day one: work rigorously to fulfill the mission of the Congregation’s founder Blessed Basil Moreau, to “make God known, loved, and served” and “to prepare useful citizens for society … to prepare citizens for heaven.”

In March 2012, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., appointed Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and church affairs. Father Lies coordinates and strengthens the many ways in which Notre Dame serves the Catholic Church, and is responsible for the ecclesial role of the University’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.