Notre Dame is more than a school; it's a community of integrity, justice, service, compassion, and respect, a place where we connect belief and action. Shaped by our Catholic faith, we instill values that prepare our students for lives of fulfillment and service to others, to make decisions with integrity, and to face challenges with strength.
One-quarter of our students come from other creeds, enriching our community and fostering mutual understanding as we build a more just society in a diverse world.
Our Campus Ministry coordinates prayer, programs and outreach that cultivate the Mercy Core Values instilled by the Sisters of Mercy, founders of Notre Dame High School.
Underclassmen Spirituality Days
Underclassmen experience a day of reflection, prayer and discussion with their fellow classmates. Each year the voluntary Agape and Caritas retreats are also offered.
Seniors have the option to take part in Kairos, a four-day retreat, which leads them through an intense self-reflection of their lives, their relationships and choices.
Peer support groups for students experiencing loss and stress are available through our Spectrum Program. Campus Ministers are also available every day for students who may just want to talk. When necessary other resources are suggested or provided.
Liturgy and Worship
Once a month, we make it a priority to come together as a community for Liturgy. Students are involved as singers and musicians, lectors, Eucharistic ministers and altar servers. Liturgy is also celebrated on holy days of obligation and all religious holidays. Some masses are livestreamed on the ND YouTube channel.
The seasons of Advent and Lent are celebrated with daily prayer and reflection.
Prayer and Worship
Campus Ministry clubs promote prayer, faith development, and social justice. Each day we begin with morning prayer and end our week together with prayer.
Notre Dame is also blessed to be able to provide sacramental prep for students wishing to receive baptism or confirmation. Visit the RCIA page for additional information.
Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation are available upon request.
Click here to read Bishop O'Connell's message on the Roe v. Wade decision.
A New Home Base
A new Campus Ministry wing was complete in the summer of 2021. The new space sits next to the ND Chapel which is accessible by an adjoining door. The Service Room is on the opposite side of the Chapel and completes the wing. The light and airy space allows for quite reflection or conversation with classmates and Campus Ministers. "It is such a blessing to have this new larger space. We can accommodate more students to come and rest awhile, have a cup of hot chocolate and relax with their friends,” said Kathy Maley, Campus Minister.
As a community built on love and support, the Campus Ministry office allowed me to grow into the confident and faithful person I am today. My experience with the Caritas and Kairos retreats brought me closer to my classmates, myself, and God than I previously understood was possible. Facilitating Kairos further taught me how to lead with love and empathy, and was one of the best experiences of my high school career that I will carry with me forever.
Lauren Linder ‘19