Staff Chaplains

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Staff chaplains serve current, retired employees

Reprinted from NDWorks, April 2014

Learn more about the Notre Dame Staff Chaplain at the Office of Campus Ministry’s website

Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., and Rev. Tim O’Connor, C.S.C, are the chaplains for the University’s staff and retirees.

Staff can call on them for counsel. Father Jim says, “Our job is to minister to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation and even if there’s no affiliation.”

An advisory council helps them plan events and gives them an ear to the needs of the staff. The staff advisory council includes:

  • John Glon
  • Vaibhav Agarwal
  • Michelle LaCourt
  • Kathleen Fulcher
  • Adam ElBenni
  • Sharon Hawkins
  • Chris Hatfield

For those who would like to talk to them, they can be reached by email or phone. Staff have sought support from Father Jim and Father Tim on many topics, including:

  • Work/Life balance and handling stress
  • Bringing a spiritual connection to their lives
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Caring for young children and teenagers
  • Personal and family issues
  • Prayer requests

You can reach Father Jim at bracke.4@nd.edu or 631-4131 and Father Tim at Timothy.L.O’Connor.180@nd.edu or 631-3178.

Staff Masses for the 2017-2018 Academic year will be held at the Log Chapel at 12:10 on the following dates:

  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6

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In his position as chaplain, Father Jim notes, “It’s not about me, it’s about Notre Dame and supporting our staff in their lives.”


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