Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C.
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, Fr. 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 Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin, and the Grotto Network.
Previously, Fr. Olinger served as Vice President for University Relations, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Executive Assistant to the President at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. He was also a Concurrent Assistant Professor of Political Science in the University of Portland’s College of Arts and Sciences.
A native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Fr. Olinger graduated magna cum laude 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 cum laude in 2004 and a master of divinity in 2009. While in law school, he served as Executive Notes Editor for the Journal of Legislation and was a member of the Student Bar Association. After law school, Fr. 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.
Fr. Olinger ministers as an in-residence priest in Alumni Hall. Before taking on the position of Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, he served on Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees; currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors for King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the state bar in Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Chuck Lamphier serves as the Executive Director of Ecumenical and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Notre Dame, Lamphier joined the Alliance for Catholic Education and served as a high school teacher and campus minister for four years at Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Texas. Lamphier returned to work at Notre Dame in 2007, first with the Alliance for Catholic Education and then with the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs. He holds Masters degrees in Nonprofit Administration and Education.
Marianne T. FitzGerald
Marianne FitzGerald serves as the Program Manager in the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, working with programs for faculty and staff including the Faculty Chaplaincy Program and the Sorin Seminar for Faculty. Marianne is also the coordinator of the House of Brigid, which invites post-grads to spend a year engaging in service to the Catholic Church in Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics and a B.A. from Boston College and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Before coming to Notre Dame, Marianne had worked in various roles at Boston College, Harvard Divinity School, M.I.T., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and at Commonweal magazine. A proud native of Boston, she now resides in South Bend with her husband and sons.
Tony Oleck serves as Advisor to the Vice President of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs. Prior to this role, Tony had served as Assistant Director of Off-Campus and Transitions in Residential Life and as Assistant Rector of both Fisher Hall and Dunne Hall, where he helped open Notre Dame's newest men's hall. Tony graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in history, theology, and philosophy. He then earned a Master of Theological Studies from Notre Dame in 2016, where he focused on Catholicism in the United States, Catholic higher education, and the theology and spirituality of Basil Moreau, CSC. Tony is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and now resides in South Bend with his wife, Marcy.
Gráinne McEvoy serves as Research Assistant in the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, supporting the work of the Laetare Medal committee, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, and a range of projects within OMECA's mission. A historian by training, Gráinne holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, an M.Phil from Trinity College, Dublin, and an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Notre Dame, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and worked for the Irish Research Council. With a foot in both her native Ireland and her adopted U.S., Gráinne now lives in South Bend with her husband and young son.