Director and Staff
An Introduction Letter
Greetings from Notre Dame!
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Program. Professional ministry in the Catholic Church continues to expand and develop in new and exciting ways. Our graduates, lay and ordained, serve with competence and enthusiasm in a wide variety of settings, parishes, dioceses, universities, schools, hospitals, prisons, and social service agencies. They also work with people from a diverse array of ages, religious traditions, and cultural heritages.
The University of Notre Dame has made a generous commitment to support all of our ministry students with full tuition scholarships for their three years in the program, a financial award valued at over $110,000. In many other ways, our students also benefit from the resources and opportunities of this world-class university. Most importantly, our students immerse themselves in the riches of the theological tradition under the guidance of a renowned faculty.
In the holistic approach of our M.Div., academic excellence is complemented with pastoral skill and spiritual formation. Through field education placements concurrent with all three years of the program, students are mentored by experienced ministers in a broad array of community settings. Ministerial identity and spirituality are cultivated in the Lay Ministry Formation Program and, for seminarians of the Congregation of Holy Cross, at Moreau Seminary. Numerous events draw students together to meet the challenges of collaborative service in a multicultural world. Overall, the M.Div. Program provides a solid and comprehensive preparation for ministry in today’s Church.
Prepared to preach, to lead, and to nurture the faith of others, our students have a 100% placement rate upon graduation. For those who are called to a life of ministry, needs and opportunities abound!
Please consider joining us on this adventure in faith. Be assured of our prayers as you seek to discern Christ’s call in your life.
Peace and Blessings,
Fr. Gary Chamberland, CSC
Director, Master of Divinity Program
Dr. Jan Poorman
Director, Formation and Field Education
Director, Human and Spiritual Formation
Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.
Rector, Moreau Seminary
Fr. Lucio Villalobos, M.Sp.S.
Religious Superior, Missionaries of the Holy Spirit
Fr. Chamberland has his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (now, JST Santa Clara), and studied canon law at the Catholic University of America, a subject he has taught for the department in the past. He has had extensive pastoral experience, among other things as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Portland and, most recently as Rector of Zahm Hall here on campus. Fr. Chamberland can be reached at the MDiv office phone (574) 631-4256.
She received her B.S., Southern Illinois University, 1976; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1988; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1996 (1997). Janice Poorman can be reached at (574) 631-6493. For more information on the Field Education Program, send us an email
Stacey directs human and spiritual formation for lay candidates for ministry. She came from our sister Holy Cross institution, the University of Portland in Oregon where she served for 7 years in Campus Ministry as Assistant Director of Faith Formation. In 2010 she was elected to the Executive Board of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. A former Jesuit Volunteer in Alaska, she has worked extensively with JVC:NW and PACE on community formation and development. She and her husband write the invited blog, Happily Even After for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ website, ForYourMarriage.org. http://foryourmarriage.org/marriage-resources/news-blogs/happily-even-after/
He is rector and religious superior at the Moreau Seminary of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Email Fr. Herman to discuss questions of vocation to the ordained ministry which may be part of your consideration of the M.Div. program. If you are interested in ordained Ministry, contact the Congregation of Holy Cross at:
Director of Vocations
Notre Dame, IN 46556
He is religious superior of the St. Joseph House of Theology with the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. Email Father Lucio to discuss questions of vocation to the ordained ministry which may be part of your consideration of the M.Div. program.
If you are interested in ordained Ministry, contact the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit at:
Director of Vocations
Ph. Number: (574) 855-4041
House Address: 415 N Brookfield St. South Bend, IN 46628
Hermalena Powell, M.Min.
Administrative Assistant for MDiv Program
131 Malloy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556