Notre Dame is both Catholic and catholic. When capitalized, the word refers to the Catholic Church and the faith that drives Notre Dame's mission to be a force for good in the world. The lowercase word means universal and describes how Notre Dame, as a great university, embraces and includes people of all backgrounds, faiths, and viewpoints.
Students, regardless of religious affiliation, will find Notre Dame to be a supportive place for spiritual growth. Resources are available on campus and in the larger South Bend community to enable students of all faiths to grow spiritually during their time at Notre Dame.
Campus Ministry encourages participation in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Catholic Church, supports other forms of worship and personal prayer, and provides opportunities for community service, retreats, and pilgrimages. Campus Ministry designs some of its programs specifically for graduate students.
Mass is celebrated daily at Notre Dame in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in residence halls, and in other campus buildings. At the Law School, Mass is celebrated in St. Thomas More Chapel six days per week — Sunday through Friday. The chapel is named for the patron saint of lawyers.
Campus Ministry also provides interfaith resources, including a guide to local places of worship and a list of people who carpool to other places of worship in the South Bend area. Iron Sharpens Iron is a community of Christians from all denominations who seek to grow deeper and stronger in their relationships with each other and with God.
Notre Dame Law School has more than 30 student organizations to meet almost any interest. The list of organizations includes the Christian Legal Society, Jewish Law Students Society, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and St. Thomas More Society.
Generations of students have found that a genuine spirit of community and care exists at Notre Dame. This can be seen in the wellness programming that staff members organize for students. It can also be seen in a place like the Law School's Eck Commons, which sits above the Law School arch and connects Eck Hall of Law with Biolchini Hall of Law. The Commons is a bustling hive of camaraderie throughout the day, with students, faculty, and staff partaking in meals, studying for class, or just relaxing at the tables.