Reach Within

Notre Dame is a place dedicated to educating the mind and the spirit.

No genuine search for the truth is alien to the life of faith.

As part of Notre Dame's mission, these words guide our academic and spiritual lives. Our Catholic faith not only informs our pursuit of truth, it is part of everything we do on campus.

  • Bible

    Every week, more than 40 Sunday Masses and 160 daily Masses are celebrated on campus.

  • Priest

    You can find more than 90 priests on campus, serving as hall rectors, professors, and administrators.

  • Cross

    30 religious retreats are offered annually through Campus Ministry.

  • Chapel

    There are 57 chapels on campus, including a chapel in each of the 30 residence halls, for personal reflection and weekly mass.

  • Candle

    Each year, just prior to Commencement, the senior class celebrates one last mass together in the Grotto.

campus ministry

Campus Ministry is committed to your spiritual development.

Whether you're interested in participating in a spiritual retreat, joining a fellowship group, singing in one of Notre Dame's choirs, or you just need someone to talk to, Campus Ministry is here for you.

Learn more about Campus Ministry


Students, faculty, and staff of all religions are welcome.

We are a Catholic institution, but all faiths practiced within our community are welcomed and supported.

Programs like Campus Ministry's Prayer Around the World series, which provides prayer experiences from a variety of faith traditions, help ensure that every student, regardless of his or her faith, has the chance to evolve spiritually at Notre Dame.

Places of Worship

Sacred Spaces

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Grotto, a rector in every residence hall—at Notre Dame you will find these and so many other sacred spaces in which to reflect, pray, and grow in your faith.

You will know Notre Dame graduates by their greatest deeds.

Over 80%

of undergraduates are active in social service.

Roughly 7%

of each graduating class spends a year or more in volunteer service.


Notre Dame graduates have served in the peace corps.

Notre Dame represents much that is best and most generous in the American tradition.

—Former UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan


Let us help you make the world a better place.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns as one of the national leaders in community-based learning and service.

  • Works with more than 60 local agencies to connect students with service opportunities
  • Facilitates service opportunities for more than 3,500 students
  • Contributes more than 100,000 hours of community service
  • Offers more than 300 community-based learning sites around the world through its Summer Service Learning programs

Alliance for Catholic Education

Since 1993, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has helped transform Catholic schools across the country and provides elementary and secondary school students and teachers with valuable resources.

Founded by Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., and Rev. Sean McGraw, C.S.C., ACE has become one of the University's most far-reaching programs, and has been honored by the White House and emulated by a wide range of universities.

Learn more about ACE

Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished.

Notre Dame students can turn anything into a service opportunity. Case in point: Bengal Bouts.

For more than 80 years, Bengal Bouts—organized boxing matches between members of Notre Dame's Boxing Club—have raised money for Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. To date, the bouts have raised more than a million dollars.