A Catholic University pursues its objectives through its formation of an authentic human community animated by the spirit of Christ. The source of its unity springs from a common dedication to the truth, a common vision of the dignity of the human person and, ultimately, the person and message of Christ which gives the Institution its distinctive character. As a result of this inspiration, the community is animated by a spirit of freedom and charity; it is characterized by mutual respect, sincere dialogue, and protection of the rights of individuals. It assists each of its members to achieve wholeness as human persons; in turn, everyone in the community helps in promoting unity. (Ex Corde Ecclesiae)
Pastoral care at Notre Dame is an institutional and individual response to the call of Jesus for us "to love one another as I have loved you" (John 15.12) and "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12). It is based on respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each and every person who is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). It is shaped and formed by the example of Jesus (the Good Shepherd) and Catholic Teaching.
As a Catholic university committed to the provision of excellent pastoral care, Notre Dame seeks to promote and enhance the wellbeing of each individual student; to help them achieve wholeness as human persons. Notre Dame does this through the provision of an integrative education, a personalised educational experience for every student, and providing opportunities and an environment in which students are encouraged to grow and develop in all aspects of their life: personal, social, physical, mental and spiritual.
Tangible evidence of pastoral care at Notre Dame can be seen from the personalised approach to admissions, small class sizes, one-on-one contact with academic staff, individualised academic and counselling support programs, welcoming liturgies and faith opportunities, sporting and cultural activities, to name a few. Less tangibly, but no less important for that, it shapes and animates how the University carries out its mission; for example, how it approaches decision making, how it forms its processes and its policies.
Above all, students are the heart and centre of Notre Dame. In all that it does, the University seeks to provide an environment in which every student is encouraged and enabled to develop their own unique gifts and talents, to realise their God given potential, to realise their interconnectedness with all others and to seek to serve the common good.
"In everything do to others as you would have them do to you" (Matthew 7:12)