Welcome to Campus Ministry, Fremantle

The work of Campus Ministry is at the heart of the community at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Guided by a rich tradition of Catholic faith and values, the efforts of Campus Ministry are centred on the person of Jesus Christ and dedicated to assisting staff and students alike to encounter Him in their everyday activities.

The Campus Ministry team works to share the joy of the Gospel and hopes to promote, encourage and engage students’ faith on campus and to offer the chance for students and staff to flourish and seek excellence beyond measurable academic criteria.

Notre Dame Campus Ministry provides opportunities for fun and friendship, for discovery and wonder, for prayer and service, for liturgy and life. In doing this, we hope to support the spiritual life of the University and allow students of Notre Dame to receive a holistic education.

We invite you to explore the many ways in which Campus Ministry can help you engage with the Catholic faith.

The following is a list of some of the opportunities which are currently available through Campus Ministry:

  • Interaction between local and international students
  • Opportunities for prayer and reflection
  • Daily Mass in the Holy Spirit Chapel - Weekdays 12:35pm (Confession is offered 30min before each Mass)
  • The Holy Spirit Choir – singing sacred music open to singers of all skill levels
  • Sunday Mass at 6pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel. During Semester time
  • Scripture Study and Discussion
  • Special Events and Guest Speakers
  • Spiritual Retreats

Weekly reflection Friday 1st May 2020

  • COVID-19 – a Campus Ministry Response

    In this midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Campus Ministry is delivering its content online!

    We have established a suit of online offerings that will hopefully help you engage in this journey with a growing faith, and a growing sense of community – despite the social distance that we are keeping.

    ‘Like’ Campus Ministry on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CampusMinistryFreo/ to stay up to date with our daily offerings, or email us to be put on our mailing list campusministry@nd.edu.au.

    Our daily schedule is as follows:

    ZOOM Meeting ID’s are available – send us an email campusministry@nd.edu.au
    9:30am-10:30am daily: Digital Plunge In chat and check-in
    12noon daily: Angelus daily; Stations of the Cross following the Angelus on Fridays

    Being Human
    What does it mean to be a human person? How do I live a flourishing human life, even amidst the troubling times in which we live? How can I live in the face of this fear and uncertainty? 

    • Time: Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am

    Bible Study
    Join us for this eight-week series as we break open the Bible and discover more about our faith through scriptures. 

    • Mondays 3:30pm-4:30pm
    • Wednesdays: 2-3pm
    • Fridays: 1:30pm-2:30pm

    Learning to Pray

    Join us as we discover the riches of the Catholic tradition of prayer.  We will be reading and discussing Fr Jacques Philippe’s book, Time for God

    • Time: Tuesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Pastoral care

    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.

    Campus Ministry supports and assists in honouring significant moments in the lives of individuals or within the community whether they be issues of grief and loss like the loss of a loved one or a breakdown in a significant relationship, or also joyful occasions, such as preparing for marriage, the arrival of a child, graduation and the like.

  • Mass times

    Daily Mass

    Mass Times

    Weekdays 12:35pm (Confession is offered 30min before each Mass)
    Sunday 6:00pm during semester time

    Daily Mass at Notre Dame is always open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Eucharistic Adoration

    Weekdays, 11:30am – 12:30pm, except Wednesdays during semester

    Adoration is a beautiful way to spend time in silent prayer with Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar within a display case called a monstrance.

    Wednesday School and Division Masses

    Throughout the thirteen weeks of each semester, one Mass each week is offered particularly for the various Schools and Divisions of the University. This occurs during the regular 12.35pm Mass time and is usually on Wednesday. These Masses which are offered for the various Schools and Divisions but they are of course open to the entire Notre Dame community.  See the 2020 Division Mass roster.

    Sunday Evening Mass

    Mass is offered every Sunday evening at 6pm. Any person who wishes to attend is very welcome. The community that gathers for Sunday Mass includes students involved in the Study Abroad Programme of the University and residents of Fremantle and beyond.

  • Prayer times and resources

    The Rosary 
    The Rosary is a simple prayer directed to Jesus through His mother Mary. All are welcome to join us.

    For more on the Rosary read this: www.catholic.com/tracts/the-rosary

    Stations of the Cross – Every Friday during Lent, 11:30am
    The Stations of the Cross have long been part of the devotional tradition of the Catholic Church. They are a re-enactment of the passion and suffering of Jesus Christ, telling the story of the final events leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection.

    Please join us.

  • Vocations

  • Holy Spirit Choir

    If you are interested in being involved with musical life at Notre Dame then the Holy Spirit choir would love to hear from you.

    Our choir is mainly made up of Notre Dame students who come from across all faculties. Our singers have varying levels of singing experience but we all share a passion for music. We sing a wide range of repertoire from sacred to contemporary music.

    Our rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at 7.00pm and are focused around improving each singer’s musicality and confidence, creating a strong homogenous choral sound and having fun making music together.

    We also have the privilege of performing at some of the University’s most prestigious events including the mid-year Graduation ceremony and Assumption Mass.

    Please contact our director Campus Ministry at campusministry@nd.edu.au if you are interested or would like any further information.

  • Faith development

    Throughout each semester, Campus Ministry offers a variety of ways that help you develop your faith. Such experiences include:

    • Evenings of Theological Reflection
    • Scripture Study and Discussion
    • Special Events and Guest Speakers
    • Learning to Pray
    • Programmes for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
    • Engaging with your Parish

    Return to this page for event announcements.

    For more information please contact:

    Mr Tom Gourlay
    Email: tom.gourlay@nd.edu.au
    Phone: 9433 0260

  • Stations of the Cross

    Good Friday, 10am

    The Stations of the Cross have long been part of the devotional tradition of the Catholic Church. They are a re-enactment of the passion and suffering of Jesus Christ, telling the story of the final events leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. In 1994, the late Mrs Dianne Wansbrough, one of the early Governors and a great supporter of the School of Nursing, commissioned well-known Australian artist, Peter Schipperheyn, to create a series of 14 Stations for the Fremantle Campus. Beginning in the Malloy Courtyard and ending in the University’s Chapel, the series of bronze panels follow a path through the two main courtyards.

    Every year on Good Friday, the University hosts a special Stations of the Cross service. For information on this event please contact the Campus Ministry Office on 9433 0581.

    The story of the stations are included in the Public tours of the Fremantle Campus
    which are held every Friday (excluding public holidays) at 11am throughout the year

  • Christmas Eve Mass

    Please join us for Christmas Eve Mass in Malloy Courtyard.

    Carols begin at 5pm, Mass at 5:30pm.

    All are welcome

  • Sacramentum – Young Adults Conference

    To be held on campus, in conjunction with Catholic Youth Ministry

    Sacramentum is a conference for young adults aimed to answer those difficult questions that some are even afraid to ask. Join us in May 2020 for a weekend where you can rediscover what it really means to be a Catholic and how to live your life to the fullest.

    Date and Venue: University of Notre Dame Saturday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 3rd 2020

    Theme: The Five Great Loves (of St John Paul II)

    • Young People
    • Human Love
    • The Blessed Sacrament
    • The Virgin Mary
    • The Cross

    Click here to find out more

  • Retreats

    Campus Ministry holds various retreats throughout the year:

    Study Retreats

    This will be a great opportunity to get away from everything while still being able to study and use your time well. There will be time set aside each day for 8 hours of study, activities, walks, spiritual talks and Mass. You will have the freedom to join us in group activities or use the extra time for more study!

    The retreat will be held in New Norcia during the mid-semester non-teaching week in both semesters:
    14-17 of April (semester one), and
    29 September – 2 October (semester two).

    Email: campusministry@nd.edu.au for more information

    Spiritual Retreat
    Join us for an opportunity to learn about and grown in your faith.

    16-18 June, New Norcia

    Email: campusministry@nd.edu.au for more information

  • Becoming Catholic

    Any staff or students interested in becoming a Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith are welcome to contact the Chaplain, Fr Mariusz Grzech: mariusz.grzech1@nd.edu.au

  • Useful websites

    Worldwide Sites: 
    Vatican www.vatican.va/
    Pope Francis (twitter) https://twitter.com/pontifex
    Australian Sites: 
    Catholic Archdiocese of Perth www.perthcatholic.org.au/
    The Record Catholic Newspaper www.therecord.com.au/
    Australian Catholic Bishops Conference www.catholic.org.au
    Catholic Australia www.catholicaustralia.com.au/
    The Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture www.dawsonsociety.com.au
    Catholic Youth Ministry, Perth www.cym.com.au
    St John of God Healthcare www.sjog.org.au
    Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy www.clergy.asn.au/
    Catholic News: 
    Catholic News Service http://www.catholicnews.com
    Catholic News Agency http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/
    The Catholic Weekly (Sydney) http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/
    Rome Reports http://www.romereports.com/
    Catholic Herald (UK) www.catholicherald.co.uk/
    National Catholic Register http://www.ncregister.com/
    Zenit http://www.zenit.org/en
    Daily Prayer and Readings http://www.universalis.com/today.htm
    Fr Raymond Gawronski SJ http://www.magisspirituality.org/writer/raymond-gawronski/
    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction http://spiritualdirection.com/
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review http://www.hprweb.com/
    Catholic Vocational Discernment http://www.catholicozvocations.org.au/Home
    Ignatius Insight http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/
    Catholic World Report http://www.catholicworldreport.com/
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review http://www.hprweb.com/
    Catholic Culture http://www.catholicculture.org/
    Bad Catholic http://badcatholic.co/
    ABC Religion and Ethics www.abc.net.au/religion
    Podcasts / YouTube : 
    Catholic Stuff You Should Know http://catholicstuffpodcast.com/
    CRadio http://cradio.org.au/
    Fr Robert Barron – Word on Fire http://www.wordonfire.org/
    Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) https://www.youtube.com/user/EWTN
    The Bible (Choose RSV-Catholic Edition) https://www.biblegateway.com/
    Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
    Catholic Culture http://www.catholicculture.org/
    Institute for Catholic Culture http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/
    Catholic Answers http://www.catholic.com/
    Catholic Education Resource Centre http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/
    Catholic Online http://www.catholic.org/
    Communion and Liberation http://english.clonline.org/
    Opus Dei http://opusdei.org.au/en-au/
    The Neocatechuminate Way http://www.camminoneocatecumenale.it/new/default.asp?lang=en
    Emmanuel Community http://www.emmanuelcommunity.com/about.html
    Focolare http://www.focolare.org/en/focolare-worldwide/oceania/australia/
    Works of Charity: 
    St Vincent de Paul Society https://www.vinnies.org.au/
    Missionaries of Charity http://www.motherteresa.org/07_family/volunteering/v_cal.html
    Catholic Missions https://www.catholicmission.org.au/538-perth
    Australian Catholic Social Justice Council http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/
    Caritas Australia http://www.caritas.org.au/
    Order of Malta, Australia http://www.smom.org.au/
    Shopfront http://shopfrontwa.org.au/
    Pregnancy Assistance http://www.pregnancyassist.com.au/
    Day Dawn Advocacy Centre http://daydawn.org.au/about/
    CentreCare http://www.centrecare.com.au/
  • Contact us

    Fremantle Campus Ministry Facebook

    Chaplain: Mariusz Grzech
    Phone: 08 9433 0551
    Email: mariusz.grzech1@nd.edu.au

    Manager, Campus Ministry, Tom Gourlay
    Phone: 08 9433 0620
    Email: tom.gourlay@nd.edu.au

    Events and Administration

    Jessica O'Keefe
    Phone: 08 9433 0629
    Email: jessica.okeefe@nd.edu.au

    Belinda Norris
    Phone: 08 9433 0736
    Email: belinda.norris@nd.edu.au