Father Bob Dowd
Priest in Residence
Fr. Bob Dowd, CSC is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious order that founded Notre Dame and continues to serve at the University (FYI, about 50 Holy Cross priests serve at Notre Dame). He is a 1987 graduate of Notre Dame, having majored in Economics and Psychology. He entered the Holy Cross Order after graduating from Notre Dame. While a seminarian, he studied theology and engaged in pastoral work in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Bob was ordained a priest in 1994. After working in campus ministry at Notre Dame for three years, he began graduate studies at UCLA where he received his PhD in political science. After finishing graduate school, Fr. Bob began teaching political science at Notre Dame (http://politicalscience.nd.edu/faculty/faculty-list/rev-robert-dowd-c-s-c/). He teaches various courses. Many of them are on politics in the developing world and much of his research has been conducted in Africa (e.g., Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Senegal). Fr. Bob also directs Notre Dame’s Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, which seeks to bring research to problems related to extreme poverty and to point to sustainable solutions to such problems (http://kellogg.nd.edu/ford/).
Fr. Bob lives in 239 Cavanaugh. He holds “drop-in” hours one night a week (the night will be announced before the semester begins), but anyone wishing to meet with him about anything is welcome to set up a meeting with him any evening that works. Fr. Bob celebrates mass in Cavanaugh chapel on a regular basis and the mass times will be announced before the semester begins. Fr. Bob is also available for the sacrament of reconciliation by appointment or during drop-in hours. During the daytime, you probably will not find him in Cavanaugh. Fr. Bob is in his office in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies most days. During evenings, he is typically back in Cavanaugh and ready to listen and to discuss whatever is on your mind.