Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C.
Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs; In-Residence Priest in Alumni Hall
University of Notre Dame
304 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C., serves as Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in August of 2018. In this position, Father Olinger stewards and deepens Notre Dame’s Catholic and Holy Cross mission and is the University’s liaison to the Congregation of Holy Cross, the U.S. Bishops, the USCCB and its affiliates, and the Holy See. He also oversees the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, the Notre Dame-Newman Center for Faith and Reason in Dublin, and the Grotto Network. In addition to these responsibilities, he serves as an in-residence priest in Alumni Hall.
A native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Father Olinger graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in history and government. He also earned two post-graduate degrees from Notre Dame: a juris doctor in 2004 and a master of divinity in 2009. After law school, Father Olinger entered formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross, made his final vows in August of 2009, and was ordained a priest in April of 2010.