Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C. 

Gerry Olinger

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

Chuck Lamphier

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 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 son.

Andy Mason

Andrew T. Mason

Andy Mason serves as the Executive Coordinator in the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs. Andy has been with the Notre Dame family since 2006 and joined the office at its inception in 2012.  Raised in the South Bend area, he came to Notre Dame from McGuireWoods, a law firm in Chicago.  Since joining the University, he has had the pleasure of working in both the Law School and the President’s Office. Andy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in 1994.  He is happily married and has two lovely daughters.