Director and Staff

An Introduction Letter

Greetings from Notre Dame!

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) 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 $175,000. 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 MDiv, 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 MDiv 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

Stacey Noem
Director, Human and Spiritual Formation

Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.
Rector, Moreau Seminary

Program Directors

Fr. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C.
Director of the MDiv Program

Fr. Chamberland has his MDiv 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 574-631-5682 or by email at

Janice M. PoormanPh.D.
Director, Formation and Field Education

Jan Poorman’s doctoral degree is in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where she has served as an educator and administrator since 1993.  Prior to coming to the MDiv Program, where she now serves as Director of Formation and Field Education, Jan served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Previously, Jan was also one of the original designers of two highly respected programs at Notre Dame: the Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program, where she continues to serve as Senior Formation Advisor, and Notre Dame Vision, where she taught the undergraduate “Mentors in Faith” for ten years.  Jan is also a regular presenter at retreats and formation workshops throughout the University community, and she is a skilled facilitator of the art of theological reflection, a staple in ministry formation. Jan Poorman can be reached at 574-631-6493 or For more information on the Field Education Program send Jan an email.

Stacey Noem, MDiv
Director, Human and Spiritual Formation

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, Stacey Noem can be reached at 574-631-0356 or by email at

Fr. John Herman, C.S.C.
Rector, Moreau Seminary

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 MDiv program. If you are interested in ordained Ministry, contact the Congregation of Holy Cross at:

Director of Vocations
Moreau Seminary
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6385

The Congregation of Holy Cross Vocation Office


Margaret McVeigh
Administrative Coordinator for MDiv Program

130C Malloy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556